Tag: Karzai

Taliban should join Afghan peace talks, says Karzai

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged the Taliban to join talks to bring peace to the war-torn country, despite the insurgents' leadership ruling out negotiations.
"On this holy day of Eidul Azha I once again call on those compatriots who are unhappy, I request them to join the peace efforts," Karzai said in a statement to mark the festival.
Karzai has previously appealed to the Taliban to come to the negotiating table and low-level commanders are said to

Karzai wants US to cut back Afghan military operations

WASHINGTON: Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the US military to scale back the visibility and intensity of its operations in Afghanistan and end night raids that he said incited people to join the Taliban insurgency, The Washington Post reported.
"The time has come to reduce military operations," Karzai told the Post in an interview. "The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan ... to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life." The

Karzai invites Gilani to Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday telephoned Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and extended a verbal invitation to him for his first official visit to Kabul in the near future.
Karzai expressed his desire to discuss the entire range of bilateral relations during the visit. The prime minister accepted the invitation and expressed confidence that high-level contacts would bring the two fraternal countries even closer, a press release stated.
The two leaders

Afghan govt drops charges against Karzai aide

KABUL: The Afghan government has dropped corruption charges against a top aide to President Hamid Karzai who was indicted by a US-backed task force for taking a bribe, an official said Tuesday.
Mohammad Zia Salehi, a senior official in Karzai's National Security Council, was arrested by the Major Crimes Task Force, a US-funded anti-graft body, in July after he was caught on a wiretap soliciting a bribe.
In return, Salehi reportedly held up an investigation into a company

Karzai condemns US-Russia drugs operation

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted with fury Sunday to the first joint US-Russian anti-drugs operation in the war-torn country, saying it happened without permission and violated Afghan sovereignty.
"No organisation or institution has the right to carry out such military operations inside the territory of our country without permission and agreement from the Islamic Government of Afghanistan," a statement from his office said. "Afghanistan condemns this act by NATO and

Afghanistan determined to dissolve security firms: Karzai

President Hamid Karzai Sunday stood by his pledge to dissolve private security firms in Afghanistan after Washington called for a solution to allow them to continue for a transition period.
"The government of Afghanistan is firm on its decision to dissolve these companies and wants the practical and genuine cooperation of the international community in implementing it," Karzai said at a meeting with senior Western officials in Kabul.
Karzai has ordered private

Karzai is talking with Haqqani: Afghan lawmaker

LAHORE: The Afghan government has been in reconciliation talks for months with members of a Taliban faction closely tied to the Al Qaeda and responsible for lethal attacks on coalition forces and bombings inside Kabul, according to a member of the Afghan parliament, a foreign news agency reported.
The parliamentarian, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, said President Hamid Karzai's government had been in direct contact with Jalaludin Haqqani, the