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Karzai Opposes Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on November 15, 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a newspaper interview published Sunday, voiced his opposition to US done attacks in Pakistan, and said that he now realises that the Pakistanis are suffering more than Afghans due to terrorist violence afflicting the region.

“My nature is not one that appreciates military. I’m not a pro-gun person, I don’t like guns or airplanes, so I can never talk in favourable terms about planes that are shooting people or bombing people, so you’ll have to ask a more hardcore fellow, I’m a soft-core fellow,” he said in response to a question about drone attacks in Pakistan in the interview with The Washington Post.
Asked what more should be done by the US to address insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan, the Afghan leader said: “This is the main problem in the war on terror. There was a time early on that the United States could work effectively on the sanctuaries, where there was full backing by the Afghan people, in this regard. It didn’t happen. And now they’re addressing this problem by the drone attacks, and also by talking and continuing to engage with Pakistan. Sanctuaries (are) a problem. A serious problem. For Afghanistan, now also for Pakistan. I just hope that Afghanistan, the United States and Pakistan together will do all that we can together to address the problem. For the initial years, I was highly critical of Pakistan and their lack of action on the sanctuaries. Now … I see Pakistan suffering more than we are in lots of ways, especially in the consequences of the violence that these sanctuaries and the militancy there.

“On the one hand, I sympathise with them and want to be closer to them and work together to address it. On the other hand, I’d like to ask them to do more on the sanctuaries and for the United States to pay closer attention to this problem. Peace in Afghanistan will not come unless we address the question of sanctuaries and unless Afghanistan and Pakistan are on the best of terms as friends and neighbours and brothers, with America, present with us and among us.”

This news was published in print paper. To access the complete paper of this day.



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