Karzai accuse US and NATO for Afghan insecurity
By Sadaf Shinwari - Thu Dec 06 2012, 2:44 pm
While speaking during an exclusive interview with the NBC News on Thursday president Hamid Karzai criticized United States and said, “Part of the insecurity is coming to us from the structures that NATO and America created in Afghanistan.”
The Taliban are regaining land and power lost after they were toppled by U.S.-backed forces in 2001. Meanwhile, Karzai has gone from being a favorite of Washington under the presidency of George W. Bush, to a thorn in the White House’s side with his criticism of American troops’ night raids and mounting civilian casualties at the hands of foreign troops.
The president, who is serving his second five-year term, also told NBC News that he would not sign any new security agreements with the United States until hundreds of prisoners held in U.S. custody were transferred to Afghan authorities.
This comes as the Afghan National Security Council announced Sunday that foreigners are forbidden from arresting Afghans or operating prisons in the country, potentially complicating NATO’s war effort in Afghanistan.
A statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office calls foreign-run prisons “a breach of … national sovereignty.
“No foreigners have the right to run prisons and detain Afghan nationals in Afghanistan,” according to the statement.
The issue has become a sticking point between Karzai and U.S. military leaders. Karzai has been adamant that all prisoners be under Afghan control, and his latest statement indicates a growing frustration with the U.S. military’s resistance to surrender the remaining prisoners.
Since Washington signed a memorandum of understanding in March agreeing to turn over Parwan prison to Afghan authorities within six months. The U.S. subsequently missed the deadline and had to negotiate an extension.