Pakistan won’t give up influence on Afghanistan willingly, India must talk to Taliban: Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is sceptical about deals between the United States and Pakistan on Afghanistan. He said they want an Afghanistan that has friendly ties with Pakistan but without Pakistan's influence.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a key figure in Afghan politics, said in a recent visit to Delhi that India must engage with Taliban and oppose U.S.-Pak deal outside.

Sceptical about deals between the United States and Pakistan on Afghanistan, Karzai said, India must reconsider its refusal to deal directly with the Afghan Taliban.

He said, they want an Afghanistan that has friendly ties with Pakistan but without Pakistan’s influence.

He said, the United States suddenly began to speak of peace and reconciliation efforts and need for engaging with the Taliban and Pakistan.

The former Afghan president said, the U.S. is determined to keep bases in Afghanistan, but they can only be given to them through a legitimate forum which is Grand council of representatives.

He also said, the American bases should be a factor of stability and not war.

Pakistan will not willingly give up the control and influence, adding, it is for the Afghan people not to allow a foreign country to influence Afghanistan, he added.  

He said, after the Soviet withdrawal Pakistan led to the creation and sustenance of extremist groups in Afghanistan and they must be stopped from wielding that power over the people and the militant groups.