Karzai whips dead horse

hPak Observer

Monday, May 06, 2013 – AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai, who suffers from anti-Pakistan fits every now and then, has come out with yet another bogey to strike another blow to shaky relations between the two countries. On Saturday, he claimed that Afghan government would never recognize Durand Line as the international border between the two countries. He said that the government of Pakistan was trying to force Afghanistan to accept Durand Line as the formal border by creating issues including the construction of border gates and other military installations.

This is not for the first time that Karzai has tried to raise Durand Line issue, which amounts to nothing but whipping a dead horse, as earlier in October 2012 his Government also maintained similar views over US State Department’s reaffirmation of the Durand Line as the internationally recognized boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan and rejection of the Afghan government’s protest over an earlier US statement on Pak-Afghan border.

At that time, reacting to Kabul’s falsified position, Foreign Office spokesman had emphatically stated that Durand Line, drawn way back in 1893, was an internationally recognized border between the two countries and settled and closed issue. In fact, this and similar other statements of Karzai are reflective of his mental bankruptcy and venom for Pakistan.

At a time when Pakistan was making frantic efforts to help the neighbouring country move ahead with the process of reconciliation for the sake of durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, Karazai, is responding by advising Taliban to fight Pakistan, describing it as enemy of Afghanistan.

One is surely pained to find that people like Karzai should pay back in this manner to Pakistan for its sacrifices for the sake of people of Afghanistan, millions of them living on Pakistani soil for decades, sharing scant resources and adding to social, economic and security woes of the country. Pakistan-bashing is not going to help Karzai in any way and he should better focus attention on strategic issues that require joint efforts and hosts of internal difficulties of his nation.

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