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ISIS emerged under US watch in Afghanistan: Karzai


Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has alleged that US armed forces are aiding Daesh or Islamic State in Afghanistan as the extremism has increased in country after their presence. Questioning that extremism has increased despite US presence, Karzai said, “The US came to Afghanistan to bring peace and stability and defeat extremism yet we have more of it today. Why? That is what we should be discussing”, Karzai said. “Clearly bombings, killings, prisons and the harassment of people in Afghanistan have not worked”. He added that now the US, under President Donald Trump’s South Asia policy, is doing the same to Pakistan to “prevent integration and economic development in this region” involvement in Afghanistan. The US president had also lambasted Pakistan for offering safe havens to “agents of chaos”. Karzai added that the common point between Pakistan and Afghanistan regarding Trump’s policy was that both countries recognise it will not help matters in Afghanistan. “We don’t want to be tools in big games where we get stepped on for the objectives of others”, Karzai said. “Pakistan did the same to us, but we do not want to do this to Pakistan”.

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