In an interview with American NPR on Monday, the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, stated that every Taliban leader he had spoken to had expressed an intention for improved relations with the US. But he insisted that there were steps the group needed to take to achieve the trust of their own people first.

“We must make sure that all the Afghan people see themselves belonging to this country and represented by the government, and that we take all the necessary steps to prove to the rest of the world that we mean well for Afghanistan,” former president Karzai said.

One example is the education of girls. The NPR reported that Karzai expressed concern that the ban causes the entire nation to fall behind, saying, “A decade from now, we’ll be worse than what we are now.”

Although it would have been logical if Karzai had expressed concern for his safety as a result of the Taliban, who arrested and killed former president Mohammad Najibullah in 1996 when they seized control of Kabul, the Afghan leader stated he was afraid for his own safety, not because of the Taliban.

Last August, when the Taliban took control of Kabul, the previous government fell and tens of thousands of Afghans fled their homeland. Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014, was not one of them.

He said that the US, “to correct its mistakes”, could assist the Afghan people, mostly by unfreezing the country’s frozen foreign reserves, calling the evacuation process and withdrawal of US troops “very dishonorable”.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).