Hamid Karzai

Karzai to continue playing important role in Afghan politics post elections: Report

Karzai to continue playing important role in Afghan politics post elections: ReportWashington, Apr 7 : Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to remain a key political player in Afghanistan, despite not contesting for the presidential poll.

If Karzai continues to play an important role in Afghanistan's politics it could possible complicate the U. S. relationship with his successor.

According to the Washington Times, the 56-year-old, who has served as president since December 2001, was barred by the Afghan Constitution from running for a third consecutive term.


Hamid Karzai's brother to drop out of Afghanistan's presidential bid

Hamid Karzai's brother to drop out of Afghanistan's presidential bidWashington, Mar. 6 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai's older brother Qayum Karzai has dropped out of the race for next month's presidential elections.

An aide to Qayum Karzai, Aminullah Habibi, said Karzai would most likely support Zalmay Rassoul, the former foreign minister, for the presidential bid.

According to the New York Times, Habibi said that negotiations were still taking place but it will be final tomorrow.

Despite the vocal support of other family members, Qayum Karzai's entry to the race was said to have defied the president's wishes from the start.


Karzai expresses anger over 12-year Afghan war fought 'for U.S. security, Western interests'

Hamid KarzaiWashington, Mar. 3 - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed his anger at the 12-year American war in Afghanistan.

Expressing 'extreme anger' towards the U. S. government, Karzai said in an interview with the Washington Post that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country's interests in mind.

In the unusually emotional interview, Karzai explained why he has been such a harsh critic of the 12-year-old U. S. war effort in Afghanistan.

Karzai said he has been deeply troubled by all the casualties he has seen, including those in U. S. military operations.


US condemns Afghan move to release 37 detainees

Washington, Jan 28 - The Pentagon Monday condemned an Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who the US says are threats to national security.

Afghan Review Board (ARB), a special government panel, ordered Monday that the 37 prisoners be released from the Afghan-supervised detention facility at Bagram Airfield, Xinhua reported.

"We strongly condemn the extrajudicial release of these detainees," said Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren.

"ARB is releasing dangerous insurgents," Warren said, adding that strong evidence or investigative leads support the detainees' prosecution or further investigation.


US hopes India will persuade 'friend' Karzai on troops stay post-2014

Hamid KarzaiWashington, Dec. 11 - The United States has expressed hope India would persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a deal allowing US troops to stay post-2014.

Testifying before a Senate committee, a senior US official said that he was confident Afghanistan would eventually complete an agreement for some 12,000 US troops to stay after 2014.

James Dobbins, the US special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that Karzai's visit to India next week could be quite influential, because he highly respects and has good relations with the Indian government.


Karzai must enforce violence-against-women law

Karzai must enforce violence-against-women lawNew York, Sep 4 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

In a 15-page briefing paper, Human Rights Watch highlights the health and economic consequences of marriage under age 18 and violence against women and girls in Afghanistan.

Karzai, barred by term limits from running in the April 2014 presidential election, should make full enforcement of the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women a priority for his last year in office.


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