Hamid Karzai echoes India; advises the Taliban to focus on a politically negotiated settlement

Hamid Karzai, former Afghan president and one of the key politicians in the landlocked country, echoed Indian views and said the Taliban should work towards a negotiated political settlement rather than perpetuating violence.

Karzai said the Afghan people are giving the Taliban an opportunity, but if the hard-line group continues its violence, then the people will confront them.

“I want this confrontation to be political, not military. They have to accept this or they will be defeated. The Afghan people will rise up against them, ”he said in a recent interview with the main Russian news channel Russia Today, or RT.

“It means an opportunity to coexist and allow the country to move forward. If they don’t allow it and if they continue to seek their own dominance of Afghanistan as they think it is, it will undoubtedly spark a national uprising, and I will be one of those people.

It should be recalled that India advised the Taliban to respect the Moscow format and the Doha and Istanbul processes and work towards a politically negotiated settlement.

Asked about the best and worst-case scenarios for Afghanistan over the next one or two years, Karzai said he does not see the worst-case scenario for Afghanistan.

“I have the best scenario for Afghanistan. I see trends in this direction, ”he said. “Yes, we are in a very, very difficult situation right now. There is immense violence in Afghanistan. There is immense anger in our country. But I also see that the Afghans are waking up to the new reality and those who choose to stay in Afghanistan will fare better.

Karzai’s warning to the Taliban comes after US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Monday said the Taliban are responsible for “outrageous and atrocious acts of violence.”

“Well, there is one party that is in most cases responsible for the outrageous and atrocious acts of violence that have been perpetrated against the Afghan people, and that is the Taliban, of course. Other terrorist groups (such as) ISIS are also active, but we have seen an increase in these ongoing Taliban attacks, ”Price said. “They show little respect for human life, for the rights of the Afghan people, including the fundamental right of the Afghan people to live in safety. The targeted assassinations, the destruction of buildings and bridges, other vital infrastructure, other acts of violence against the Afghan people… we recognize that they are in flagrant violation of the statements of the Taliban leadership.

Meanwhile, violence continues in Afghanistan. A car bomb attack occurred near the residence of Acting Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi on Tuesday evening in downtown Kabul, followed by sporadic gunfire and hand grenade explosions. A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry said the minister was fine as he was not at his residence when the explosion occurred.

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