Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, once again continuing his anti-Pakistan stance, said that the discovery of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) in Pakistan proved that war on terror was waged against ‘the wrong country’.
Speaking to Indian journalist Barkha Dutt during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2014 in New Delhi, Karzai said that the death of al Qaeda founder OBL has proved that NATO and allied forces were wrong in attacking Afghan soil.
He further said that United States should have invaded the ‘asylum of terrorism’ instead of waging war in Afghanistan
While famous Indian journalist Barkha Dutt, who was facilitating Karzai’ s talks, tweeted his statement:
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 21, 2014
While responding to the statements of his one-time counterpart military ruler General Pervez Musharaf, Karzai said, “Of course Afghanistan will not allow proxy war between India and Pakistan on its soil – and I’m sure India won’t do that.”
Earlier this week in a foreign news agency interview, Musharraf had cautioned that Pakistan would look to use ethnic Pashtuns to counter if India tries to achieve its goal of creating an “anti-Pakistan Afghanistan.”
Making his standpoint more patent on U.S. entry in Afghanistan he said, “My stance against certain elements of US and NATO presence was principled.”
Former Afghan president further added, “I stood up against the US because I wanted them to correct their behaviour with Afghanistan.”
Hailing the increased cooperation between Afghanistan and India he said that the location of India makes it obliging to train Afghanistan’s officers, civil services as well as fulfill its needs of military equipment.
Talking about the probabilities of proxy war between India and Pakistan he said, “India will be there to educate our children, build dams.”
“A generation of forward-looking young Afghans have emerged and thanks a great deal to India having helped us in this regard”, former Afghan president stated as a good-will gesture to gratify the participation of India in rebuilding Afghanistan.
Pakistan is one of the three countries that recognized the Taliban regime. Following the September 11 attacks, US-led troops invaded Afghanistan and toppled over the Taliban government. The chief of the militant organization Osama Bin Laden, however, was killed in a CIA-led operation, code named Operation Neptune Spear, in Abbottabad in May 2011.