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I am not against govt: Karzai

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai said the relations with USA and NATO should not be resulted in continuation of war in Afghanistan.

He said if the Taliban want the US to leave Afghanistan, it would be possible only through negotiations.

“I am not the opposition of the government, not at all, I wish success for the government, and I want to see democracy to be institutionalized in the country, Karzai said in an interview with the Deutsche Welle. “I want the country to move forward.”

The former president said that he had given advices to the leaders of the government on relationships with Pakistan and the US.

“I gave advice about our relations with Pakistan and the US. I also advised it on peace process. I clearly advised them not to give the US a free hand in military affairs. We should not let Afghan people’s homes to be searched by foreigners and also stop them from bombing our soil,” the former leader said.

Hinting to the Warsaw Summit where the US and NATO pledged to support Afghanistan, Karzai said that relation between NATO and the US should not be resulted in continuation of war in Afghanistan.

“Our relation with the NATO and US is based on bringing peace and security in the country, not the continuation of war.”

He said the decision in Warsaw Summit should be led to strengthening Afghan forces.

Karzai once again asked the Taliban to choose peace instead of war.

He said that Pakistan did not adopt right methods with Afghans after jihad. “It should consider Afghanistan as its brother rather than under their own hands. It should not try to subordinate Afghanistan.”

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