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Hamid Karzai warns Imran Khan: Stop interfering in our country’s internal affairs using OIC

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai. (File Photo)

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan not to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, using international platforms such as the  Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Reacting to the Khan’s statement on Islamic State (Daesh) at the OIC  foreign ministers’ conclave on Afghanistan, held in Islamabad on December 18-19, Karazai said that the source of terrorism in the region emanates from Pakistan, not from Afghanistan. 

Imran Khan had said in his speech that, “ISIL is now a threat. We (Pakistan) have had attacks from the Afghan border from ISIL into Pakistan.”

In response, Karzai said: “Pakistan's threat from Afghanistan is a clear propaganda against Afghanistan because in fact the issue is quite the opposite and the ISIS threat is directed from Pakistan to Afghanistan."

The former President asked Imran Khan to stop propaganda against Afghanistan and interfere in “our internal affairs”.

In a series of Twitter posts, Karzai advised Pakistani PM Khan that he should “ not speak on behalf of Afghanistan in international forums and on the contrary try to establish good and civilized relations between the two countries as a good neighbour”.

Tweeting in Pashto, the Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Khan’s remarks at the OIC   meeting were an attempt to sow discord among Afghans and an insult to the Afghan people.

Meanwhile, five Central Asian countries who are the members of the OIC, skipped the meet to attend the India hosted India-Central Asia Dialogue on Sunday. Out of the five countries, three countries Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are immediate neighbours of Afghanistan.

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The extraordinary conference of the member nations of the OIC on Afghanistan concluded in Islamabad on Sunday without any outcome on economic and humanitarian assistance for the war-ravaged  country. The president of the Islamic Develoement Bank,  Muhammad Sulaiman who attended the meet,  did not specify how the bank could help the Taliban government financially. In a vague statement, the OIC said that a team of  international Muslim scholars should be formed to engage with the Taliban on issues  "such as, but not limited to, tolerance and moderation in Islam, equal access to education and women's rights in Islam”. But the statement missed out referring to any details. 

The Taliban’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi was the special invitee for the summit.