Karzai warned over pro-U.S. policy

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  • Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 11:25:47 -0000

Starting his three-day visit to Tehran amid the U.S. accusations that
Iran is "threatening his country's fragile peace process, Afghanistan's
head of the interim government Hamid Karzai was warned by hardliners
here that his pro-American policies might not be tolerated by the
Afghani people and Mujahideen. 

A mouthpiece for hardliners, Jomhouri-Eslami in its editorial yesterday
said that "the continuation of drugs production and fanning the flames
of war in Paktia were examples of Karzai's incompetence." 

Criticising the return of exiled king Mohammed Zahir Shah to Afgahnistan
for the New Year celebrations and the composition of the Loya Jirga, the
editorial concluded that "these incidents are all big insults to the
Afghan people, in particular, and the Afghan Mujahedin who would not
tolerate these acts at all." 

However, this did not reflect the official Iranian policy towards
Karzai, as declared by President Mohammed Khatami whose foreign ministry
has repeatedly stressed that Iran would participate in the
reconstruction of Afghanistan, allocating more than $500 million in this
regard for a five-year plan. 

Reformists are lobbying hard to encourage policies more favourable to
those demanded by the West. 

Noruz, a reformist daily, called Karzai an "efficient politician who
tried to create a balance among those countries, which have a finger in
Afghanistan's pie, without putting all his eggs in the U.S. basket." It
added that Karzai "has the ability to stabilise Afghanistan." 

Iran was named by the U.S. President George W. Bush as part of the "axis
of evil", along with Iraq and North Korea for "seeking weapons of mass
destruction and trying to destablise the interim government of
Afghanistan by arming the local warlords in provinces bordering Iran." 

However, it is widely believed here that the senior Iranian leaders are
united to support the interim government in Afgha-nistan and not to
provide the United States with any excuses to attack Iran. 
 
Source:  Gulf News 

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