Hamid Karzai

Karzai says Afghanistan will never face Iraq-like situation

Hamid-KarzaiLondon, June 19 : Afghan president Hamid Karzai has assured that Afghanistan will never face Iraq-like situation.

When asked by BBC's Lyse Doucet in Kabul whether what was happening in Iraq could happen in Afghanistan, the president dismissed the possibility.

Karzai said that al-Qaeda had no presence in Afghanistan and that he was in regular dialogue with the Taliban, adding that there was even an exchange of letters, meetings, and desire for peace.

Meanwhile, NATO will pull out all its troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif tells Karzai to stop fleeing militants

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to plug the entry of militants fleeing into his country following a massive army operation against Taliban, officials said today.

A spokesman of the Prime Minister Office confirmed the telephonic contact between Sharif and Karzai for cooperation against the militants.

The call was made yesterday after reports emerged that more than 2,000 people have entered Afghanistan through the porous border since army launched operation against the Taliban in their stronghold of North Wziristan on Sunday.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai meets Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House

Hamid Karzai Narendra ModiNew Delhi, May 27  : Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan has arrived at Hyderabad House for a courtesy meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi greeted Karzai as the two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Following his meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai he is scheduled to meet leaders from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mauritius, Nepal.

All eyes would be on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who will hold meeting with Modi at 12.10 a. m. Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will meet Modi at 1245 hours.

Obama leaves Afghanistan without meeting Karzai

Hamid-Karzai-Barack-ObamaKabul, May 26 : US President Barack Obama paid a short visit to Afghanistan but returned home without meeting his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai due to differences over the venue, an official statement said Monday.

Obama returned home after spending a few hours Sunday with US troops at Bagram airbase, 50 km north of Kabul, Xinhua reported.

The Afghan Presidential Palace, in a statement released here, said that Karzai had refused to meet Obama at Bagram.

India to handover $1 mn relief assistance to Afghanistan

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, May 8 - India would hand over $1 million financial assistance to Afghanistan for relief and rehabilitation in Badakshan province that was hit by a massive landslide last week burying over 2,000 people.

The Indian embassy would hand over the financial assistance to the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) Thursday in Kabul, a ministry of external affairs statement said.

"As per PM's announcement of financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation of damages caused by landslide in Badakshan province of Afghanistan on May 2 Embassy is going to handover $1 million to Afghan MFA tomorrow in Kabul."

'Defiant' Karzai says Afghanistan does not need US troops post-2014 withdrawal

Hamid-KarzaiJohannesburg, Mar. 16 : Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the country does not need US troops.

In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament, Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely.

According to news24, Karzai reiterated he would not sign a pact with the United States that would provide few US troops to remain behind after the final withdrawal, unless peace could first be established.

Obama raises possibility of no troops in Afghanistan post-2014

Washington, Feb 26 - US President Barack Obama, in a phone conversation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday, raised the possibility of no American troops left in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

"Specifically, President Obama has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014," Xinhua quoted the White House as saying.

United States considering waiting on Afghan security deal until Karzai leaves office

Hamid-KarzaiWashington, Feb 10 : The United States has revised plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan until President Hamid Karzai leaves office before completing a security pact and settling on a post-2014 U. S. troop presence.

The move comes after frustrations about prospects of getting Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a long-term security deal.

A senior U. S. official said if Karzai is not going to be part of the solution, the US has to have a way to get past him.

'Pyar kiya to darna kya': Karzai on ties with India

Hamid-KarzaiPune, Dec 16 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acknowledging the “love affair” between India and Afghanistan, has said if India continues with its current levels of support to his government for the next 20 years, his country would "stabilise”.

Addressing students of Symbiosis International University in Pune, Karzai Sunday said his country would hold presidential elections April 5, 2014, and parliamentary polls in September 2014.

India not shying away from providing military equipment: Karzai

Hamid-KarzaiNew Delhi, Dec 14 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and he were in full agreement on “all issues”, including the terms he has set for signing a security agreement with the US, and that India was “not shying away” from providing military equipment and training to his country.

Karzai meets PM, discusses bilateral ties

Manmohan-Singh-Hamid-KarzaiNew Delhi, Dec 13 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Friday and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern, sources said.

Karzai arrived in India Thursday on a four-day visit.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid held talks with President Karzai.

Karzai has been invited by the Pune-based Symbiosis University to deliver a lecture Sunday.

In Pune, he will also attend a joint Business Interaction organized by FICCI, ASSOCHAM and CII.(IANS)

Karzai's lecture in Indian parliament cancelled

Hamid-KarzaiNew Delhi, Dec 12 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai's Hiren Mukherjee Memorial Lecture in parliament has been cancelled apprehending low attendance by MPs, said sources Thursday.

The Afghan president, who is arriving Thursday evening on a four-day visit, was scheduled to address the 5th Hiren Mukherjee Memorial Annual Parliamentary Lecture in the Central Hall of Parliament on the topic 'Afghanistan's Experience in Constitutionalism and Democracy: Lessons We Take From India'.

"The Afghan president's lecture has been cancelled," a source told IANS.

Karzai-Kerry talks extended

Harzai KerryKabul, Oct 13 : US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday extended talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on a key security agreement but some contentious issues remain to be finalised, media reported citing a presidential spokesperson.

There is still "some work" to be done related to documents, Aimal Faizi told reporters here, adding that he hoped it would be concluded soon, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

The spokesperson said the talks between President Karzai and John Kerry were rescheduled for a third round in the evening as the previous two rounds produced no satisfactory results.

Hindus, Sikhs get one seat in Afghan parliament

Hamid-KarzaiNew Delhi, Sep 4 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday issued a legislative decree giving Hindus and Sikhs one seat in the country's lower house of parliament.

With this, the Afghan parliament will now have 250 seats.

This follows Karzai's approval of cabinet amendments of Aug 26, a statement by the president's office said.

Under Afghan law, the president can issue decrees when parliament is on vacation.

The decree comes ahead of 2014 presidential election and parliamentary polls in 2015.(IANS)

Afghan president wraps up visit to Pakistan

Hamid-KarzaiIslamabad, Aug 27 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday wrapped up his extended visit to Pakistan, which focused on Islamabad's role in talks with the Taliban and the release of Taliban prisoners.

Karzai was scheduled to conclude his daylong visit Monday evening but the visit was extended on the request of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to hold more meetings, Xinhua reported.

Both leaders met in the scenic spot of Murree near Islamabad Tuesday for the second time in two days. The two leaders discussed security situation of the region, the prime minister's office said.

Kabul urged to fire human rights commissioner

Hamid-KarzaiKabul, July 4 : President Hamid Karzai should immediately dismiss Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) member Abdul Rahman Hotak after he voiced opposition to the new Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Afghanistan's Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women is known as the EVAW Law.

Hotak said that in his view EVAW Law was "violating Islam" and there needed to be a law that people were "comfortable" with.

US wants Kabul to ink security deal within three months: Karzai

Hamid-karzaiKabul, June 29 : The US wants to ink the proposed security agreement with Afghanistan within the next three months even as Kabul has suspended talks with Washington over the pact, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday.

"President (Barack) Obama emphasised recently to reach agreement over the security pact within three months until next October," Xinhua quoted Karzai as saying at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Afghan president said the talks for inking the security pact were still suspended, and that Afghanistan has its conditions over the controversial agreement.

NATO hands over security to Afghans

Hamid-KarzaiLondon, June 18 : NATO Tuesday handed over security to Afghan forces for the whole of Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that from Wednesday "our own security and military forces will lead all the security activities", BBC reported.

Tuesday's ceremony saw the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) hand over control of the last 95 districts in a transition process that began in 2011.

Karzai leaves for state visit to India

Hamid-Karzai_Kabul, May 20 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Monday left on a two-day visit to India, the president's office said in a statement.

"President Hamid Karzai, leading a high-level delegation, left this morning (Monday) on a two-day state visit to India at the invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

During his visit, Karzai is scheduled to meet Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian officials.

NATO terms Karzai's accusation as 'ridiculous'

NATO terms Karzai's accusation as 'ridiculous'Brussels, March 19 - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said it is "absolutely ridiculous" for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to accuse the US of colluding with the Taliban.

"I reject the idea that was publicly launched by President Karzai that one way or the other there is a so-called collusion between NATO, ISAF, US and the Taliban. It's an absolutely ridiculous idea," reported Xinhua citing Rasmussen as saying Monday at his monthly press conference in Brussels.

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