KABUL - At the 13th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, held in Beshkik, Kyrgyzstan, President Karzai stated that even after fighting against terrorism for the past 12 years, it still remains a major threat to all countries of the region.
President Karzai urged all the countries to start putting in efforts on their own and not wait for the NATO, ISAF or United States to come and rescue from the threats of certain fundamentalists.
Karzai emphasized that war against terrorism is a shared responsibility and cannot be tackled alone. Karzai said that terrorism can be checked only when there is honest cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A number of political parties in Afghanistan consider the recent statement of President Karzai as a way to put pressure on the international community, especially the US. They further added that with these statements, President wants to receive some special privileges from the international community.
"President Karzai's tone of speech regarding the international community, NATO and United States is critical. It seems like the expectations that President Karzai had from the United States and NATO, have not been met. I think by making such statements, he is somehow trying to get closer to Shanghai and other emerging countries in the region," said Agha Sancharaki, the spokesman of the National Coalition Party (NCP).
"The international community has always criticized the Afghan government, especially President Karzai. President Karzai is someone who is committed to tribal values and traditional structures of Afghanistan. He did not pay attention to the meritocracy principle, and instead increased goodwill, resulting in a difference of opinion between Kabul and NATO," said Hameedullah Farooqi, a member of the Rights and Justice Party (RJP).
The foreign forces have been fighting terrorism for over 12 years, but this is the first time that President Karzai has stated that the foreign forces cannot save the region from terror threats. (Tolo News)