Karzai-US relation turns hostile

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is no stranger to controversies, and neither is he shy to spring surprises from time to time. Once regarded as Washington’s lackey, Karzai has now become a Frankenstein’s monster for his Western mentors.

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Published: Tue 17 Dec 2013, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:09 PM

Once he even made the puerile threat of “joining the Taleban”. His recent more disconcerting statement is: “My trust with America is not good. I don’t trust them and they don’t trust me.”

At a time when the US is trying to cut and run in Afghanistan, the Afghan president is increasingly turning hostile towards Washington — and for good reasons. Call it diplomacy or deceit, the Afghan leader is giving Americans sleepless nights over the festering security pact issue that has so far proved elusive for the US.

While Afghans have much on their plate, they deserve to be admired for the resilience they have displayed in the face of continued pillage of their country by agencies with vested interests.

M. Shakir, Dubai

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