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Keyword: Hamid Karzai

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World

Afghans still dying as US tries to defeat popular Taliban

Zia Sarhadi

Jumada' al-Akhirah 16, 14282007-07-01

After another particularly bloody week in which the Americans and their Western allies killed more than 100 Afghan civilians, President Hamid Karzai stood on the lawn of the presidential palace on June 23 to denounce the air strikes and artillery fire as “careless”. He asserted: “Afghan life is not cheap and should not be treated as such.” These sound like brave words, but they carry little weight with the Americans or anyone else. They, as well as Karzai, know that Afghans’ lives are indeed cheap.

World

Karzai powerless as US gets increasingly brutal in fighting Afghan resistance

Zia Sarhadi

Jumada' al-Ula' 15, 14282007-06-01

The expression “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” may have to be extended to include the modest Afghan karakol cap that has, together with the Dracula gown, become President Hamid Karzai’s trademark. Obviously, such theatrics impress few in a land whose people are famed for their independent spirit, where Karzai is regarded as an American puppet. This is the kiss of death, because America’s atrocious behaviour has alienated most Afghans.

World

Karzai faces a bleak welcome on his visit to Pakistan

Zia Sarhadi

Muharram 13, 14282007-02-01

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is to visit Pakistan this month, ostensibly to help increasing tensions between the two countries. He has his work cut out for him. Last month, Karzai had rubbished such “high profile” visits while Pakistani prime minister Shaukat Aziz was in Kabul for talks on January 6. Despite Karzai’s outburst, Aziz announced that Islamabad would increase its development aid to Afghanistan to US$350 million. He politely sidestepped Karzai’s tantrum by pointing out that both Pakistanand Afghanistan need to address their own internal problems.

World

Karzai desperate for support, foreign and domestic, as resistance threatens to overwhelm his regime

Zia Sarhadi

Rajab 07, 14272006-08-01

While ignoring Palestine and Lebanon reeling under the barbaric onslaught of the zionists, the UN Security Council still found the time to talk about Afghanistan. Tom Koenigs, the UN envoy for Afghanistan, warned on July 27 that the Taliban were rediscovering their strength and that the fighting in Afghanistan now had to be called an insurgency, rather than just “isolated acts of terrorism”.

World

Few fooled as US insists on going ahead with Afghanistan’s farcical elections

Zia Sarhadi

Sha'ban 27, 14262005-10-01

Afghanistan’s thrice-postponed presidential election, due to be held on October 9, is turning into a grand farce. Far more people are registered than are eligible to vote, though that hardly cramps the American installed-puppet Hamid Karzai’s style...

World

Little interest in Afghanistan as Karzai is sworn in as the US’s main man

Zia Sarhadi

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14252005-01-01

Hamid Karzai was sworn in as president of Afghanistan on December 7 amid unprecedented security: foreign troops protected him from the very people who are supposed to have elected him to his office. In attendance were not only US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld but also vice president Dick Cheney, with an entire hospital in tow, just in case his pacemaker should stop during the ceremony.

World

Little interest as Karzai is sworn in as the US’s main man

Zia Sarhadi

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14252005-01-01

Hamid Karzai was sworn in as president of Afghanistan on December 7 amid unprecedented security: foreign troops protected him from the very people who are supposed to have elected him to his office. In attendance were not only USdefence secretary Donald Rumsfeld but also vice president Dick Cheney, with an entire hospital in tow, just in case his pacemaker should stop during the ceremony.

World

Afghan elections postponed as Karzai and US face increasing problems

Zia Sarhadi

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

Hamid Karzai, the US-appointed president of Afghanistan, is used to saying one thing and doing the opposite because he has little authority to make decisions; such is the plight of all puppets...

World

Post-Jirga politicking in Afghanistan confirms problems facing the US

Zia Sarhadi

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

If getting agreement on Afghanistan’s new constitution at the Loya Jirga was a tortuous process, what lies ahead may well be worse. Implementing its articles, especially those on disarmament and demobilisation of the armed militias (whose survival depends not on what is written on a piece of paper but on guns), will be the most difficult task...

World

Afghan elections in doubt as US launches new offensive

Zia Sarhadi

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

Two-and-a-half years after occupying Afghanistan, ostensibly to bring peace to the warn-torn country, the Americans are no closer to achieving their objectives than they were when they attacked in October 2001...

World

Afghans still dying as US uses Loya Jirga to legitimise its plans for the country

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

Afghanistan’s US-imposed and supported "president", Hamid Karzai, said on December 24 that he expected the country’s tribal Loya Jirga (grand assembly) to complete its work within a week (after Crescent press time) and that he was confident that it would agree to his preferred presidential model for a new constitution...

Special Reports

Two years after the US invasion, Afghanis facing unprecedented terror and abuse

Zafar Bangash

Sha'ban 05, 14242003-10-01

Even two years after the Taliban’s removal from power, the hapless Afghans continue to suffer under a reign of terror; the perpetrators are none other than the US-backed warlords ensconced as ministers or wearing pompous titles such as commander. Rape, robbery, and murder and the bloody-mindedness of the US occupation forces have turned almost every Afghan into an anti-American fighter.

World

UN convenes international conference in Kabul in vain attempt to boost Karzai’s standing

Crescent International

Shawwal 27, 14232003-01-01

The international community that installed Hamid Karzai as ruler of Afghanistan, after the Americans’ toppling of the Taliban in 2000, celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment as ‘interim leader’ on December 22 with a conference of regional leaders in Kabul.

World

Continuing instability in Afghanistan threatening US plans for the region

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

Events in Afghanistan are not going according to America’s script, despite tall claims of having routed the Taliban and al-Qa’ida. It is not just attacks on American and other so-called coalition forces, which are now becoming more frequent, but also the continuing factional fighting, especially between forces loyal to defence minister Mohammed Fahim and forces loyal to president Hamid Karzai...

World

Abdul Qadir’s assassination increases Pashtun fears and Karzai’s problems

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14232002-07-16

The US-imposed Afghan government has begun to unravel. Public works minister Haji Abdul-Qadir, who was also one of three vice presidents, was gunned down in broad daylight in Kabul on July 6.

World

Chaos and disorder dominate Afghanistan as US and allies try to assert their control

Zia Sarhadi

Shawwal 17, 14222002-01-01

Afghanistan’s American-installed puppet, Hamid Karzai is feeling puffed up because he was promised US$2.6 billion at an international conference in Tokyo on January 21-22. It was attended by representatives from Western countries, the World Bank/IMF and the UN.

World

The West’s man in Kabul likely to achieve little more than Moscow’s men did

Zafar Bangash

Shawwal 17, 14222002-01-01

On December 22, almost exactly 22 years after the Soviets installed a puppet government (on December 27, 1979, headed by Babrak Karmal) in Kabul, the Americans repeated the feat. Hamid Karzai was “sworn in” as prime minister with British troops guarding the interior ministry building where the ceremony took place...

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