Hamid Karzai alleges US forces of aiding Daesh in Afghanistan

LONDON: Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has alleged that US armed forces are aiding Daesh in Afghanistan while giving an interview to Charles Shoebridge, a British broadcaster.

Hamid Karzai told BBC Pushto service, “I have seen the Afghan people come to me and tell me how they [Daesh] are supplied with helicopters, how unmarked non-military color helicopters supply these people, not only in one part of the country but in many parts of Afghanistan.”

The former president further added, “This is a daily occurrence and this is a daily reporting that we get from our people, from the villagers, and also from sources within our government.”

The former Afghan president said that militant group had emerged in Afghanistan over the past three to four years under the watch of US military and intelligence agencies. He said that he has more than suspicions that US bases in Afghanistan are used to aid Daesh.

The former president said that from 9/11 until today, there is more extremism in Afghanistan. He added that the Afghan people ask that if the US came to Afghanistan to defeat extremism, why do we have more of it today. He said: “We don’t want our country to be bombed with huge, destructive weapons. We want peace.”

Karzai added that the use of MOAB (mother of all bombs) by the US forces was an indication to North Korea to show off US power, but it was an atrocity on the Afghan people.

“Military action, especially by foreign forces, will not bring peace. Afghans need to evolve a consensus to reach out to everybody, including ‘sons of the soil’ Taliban, to seek a settlement,” he suggested.

The former president said the US needs to become a cooperative partner in the region, including with China, Russia, Pakistan and India, to bring peace.

With regards to Pakistan, Karzai said we have to live together with Pakistan. He said there are two strong contrasts in their relationship with Pakistan: “Pakistani people welcomed us when we became refugees. But they also did the horrible activity of supporting the Mujahideen [against Soviets] which weakened our society.”

Karzai said he hopes the new US policy for the region sees that Pakistan was used by the US against its neighbour for an inhumane purpose. He said they want to join hands with Pakistan to “salvage us from this deep conspiracy”.