Friday, October 7, 2011

Govt and its foreign backers have failed in Afghanistan; Karzai

KABUL: The Afghan president said his government and its foreign backers had failed to provide ordinary Afghans with security. 

“We’ve done terribly badly in providing security to the Afghan people, and this is the greatest shortcoming of our government, and of our international partners,” Karzai said in an interview with the BBC, broadcast on Friday.

“We don’t know, it might get better, if we concentrate on the right items, as far as security is concerned,” he said, adding that the removal of insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan was critical to beating the Taliban. 

Civilian casualties in the first half of the year were the highest since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban, and “security incidents” in the first eight months of the year were 40 percent higher than in 2010, according to UN data. 

Karzai, who has ruled Afghanistan since 2002, said he believed the country could still see an improvement in security as foreign troops head home. 

All foreign combat troops are due to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. 

Karzai also accused Pakistan that 'Taliban will not be able to move a finger without Pakistani support'

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