Afghanistan has been the “victim” in “the great game” following the tragedy of September 11 and suffered severely, said Karzai in his remark on the Forum themed “Constructing Security Community: Equality, Equity, and Justice” organized by Tsinghua University and Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Karzai said that western “bad policy” and their “support of violent terrorism” had “devastating consequences” for the Middle East and West Asia in general and Afghanistan in particular. Regarding to the war-torn countries in the Middle East, he said that they were turned into “cesspools of extremism and sectarianism” and mentioned the emergence of Daesh or self-styled Islamic State group as example.
Karzai doubted the genuine intention of Afghanistan’s western allies for combating terrorism because of “the emergence of new terrorist groups in Afghanistan while the US was present in Afghanistan.” He said, “The emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan is a great question, concern and suspicion. Who brought Daesh to Afghanistan? How it has emerged while the NATO and the west were fully present there?” He further asked, “Has it fallen from the sky?”
He urged the US to reconsider its policy in Afghanistan.
Karzai also asked Pakistan to play more active role in addressing terrorism. In the forum, in which high delegates from Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India participated, Karzai said that “Pakistani people” suffered as much as Afghan people did as a result of terrorism pointing to the recent deadly terrorist attack in Baluchistan. “We in Afghanistan feel that Pakistan can do a lot more to address some of the issues, especially with regard to extremism and violent extremism and the use of it,” he said.
Calling China and Afghanistan as “historic friends, close neighbors and strategic partners”, Karzai appreciated China for its constructive role regarding Afghanistan’s peace and stability and said that “China’s support for peace in Afghanistan is fundamental.” He also emphasized China’s importance in the Quadrilateral Coordination Group consists of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US. “China’s role in bringing peace in Afghanistan is imperative and one that we hope will be enhanced,” he said.
At the end, he suggested China, Russia and India to “join hands in a collaborative exercise in adopting security mechanism” and address the three evils “terrorism, separatism and extremism” and “not wait for any outside force.”