Mullah Omar can run for president in Afghan elections: Karzai

Afghans should have the opportunity to "vote for or against him" says Karzai.

Web Desk April 02, 2013
File photo of Mullah Omar. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KABUL: Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar can run for president in the elections next year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday.

In the interview at the Kabul presidential palace, Karzai said Mullah Omar could become a presidential candidate, giving the Afghans the opportunity to "vote for or against him."

“The Afghan constitution is valid for all Afghans and the Taliban should also benefit from it,” Karzai said in the interview.

Mullah Muhammad Omar is an Afghan Taliban supreme commander. Reclusive Omar had a $10 million bounty on his head from the US and is a talismanic figure for insurgents in the 10-year war against foreign and Afghan troops.

Karzai had visited Qatar on Sunday to discuss the issue. The Afghan government recently allowed the Taliban to open an office in Qatar on the condition that the outfit breaks association with al Qaeda and abandoning terrorism.

The Afghan president further added that the real problem in the fight against terrorism lies in Pakistan and had not been addressed as yet.

Talking about the polls in Afghanistan, Karzai said that 2014 represents a turning point for Afghanistan -- a year in which the West will pull its combat troops from Afghanistan.

The report added that when Karzai's term comes to an end, he will not be able to compete in the elections, according to the constitution. It added that chances of a peace agreement with the Taliban over the withdrawal of the Western troops are now low.


Nauman | 8 years ago | Reply

Karzai makes Idi Amin look rational.

Rex Minor | 8 years ago | Reply

@The Patriot:

You got the message! The USA has once again suffered the defeat on the battle ground. When did you last see Lady Clinton? USA has other priorities, defending her allies in the Pacific! John Kerry is trying to be perfectly clear; the achilles heal is in the pacific. The youth President of North Korea is in the ring now!

Rex Minor

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