KABUL - The former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai has said a US official once told him “Pakistan was 50 times more important than Afghanistan”.
*Former president Hamid Karzai has once again criticized the US for its policy on Afghanistan, and blamed the deteriorating security situation on the US’s presence*, TOLO News has reported.
Terrorist groups and extremism have become stronger under the US’s presence, he said.
Karzai said that Daesh’s announcement that it was behind Sunday’s deadly attack in Kabul was questionable.
Speaking to delegates at an Institute Of Peace & Conflict Studies (IPCS) event in India, Karzai said the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated because of what he described as the wrong policies of the United States on Afghanistan.
“How come ISIS (Daesh) is there, this is exactly the point we are making, ISIS did not emerge during the Taliban government, ISIS did not emerge during my government when I was in a massive confrontation with the US. ISIS emerged in the past four years and during the maximum presence of the US military and intelligence in Afghanistan,” said Karzai.
On the issue of Pakistan’s meddling in Afghanistan’s affairs, Karzai said the US has been ignoring Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan.
He said US officials had attended a dinner at the Presidential Palace, “it was in ARG, we had a dinner, and the conversation went very rough and I told them look there is a lot coming from Pakistan, he (the official) suddenly got very angry and threw the serviette on the table and said Mr President Pakistan is 50 times more important than Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said Sunday’s attack in Kabul is rooted in the weakness of the security institutions.
“The government itself has paved the way for it, it means that there is no security measures for 2,000 centers, the lack of such measures provides an opportunity for the enemy to attack,” said MP Humayoun Humayoun.
“Unfortunately, our security institutions are committing negligence in not providing security to the citizens,” said another MP Ahmad Behzad.
But the Afghan government has said attacks on civilian targets in Afghanistan have been plotted in cooperation with militant groups and intelligence services of other countries.