Afghan MP: Kabul-Washington Security Pact to Increase Insecurities
18 December, 2013
TEHRAN: A senior Afghan lawmaker underlined the opposition of Taliban and Pakistan to the security pact between Kabul and Washington, and said endorsement of the deal will increase insecurities in the country.
"If the Afghan government inks the security pact with the US, the agreement will increase insecurities since Taliban and certain neighboring states are opposed to it," Mahmoud Daneshjou told FNA on Tuesday.
Referring to Pakistan's opposition to the security agreement, he claimed, "Pakistan has influence over the Taliban and the Taliban forces are trained in Pakistan, therefore, if Islamabad opposes the Kabul-Washington security pact, Taliban's attacks on Afghanistan will, no doubt, increase too and insecurities will be exacerbated."
Earlier this month, Afghanistan's national assembly of elders approved the signing of a security pact with Washington that would leave behind a residual US troop presence after withdrawal in 2014, while President Karzai said he will not sign the deal immediately.
The Loya Jirga voted in favor of a security deal with Washington that would allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to train national security forces. The assembly is made up of 2,500 elders, tribal leaders and other influential figures in Afghanistan.
President Karzai said he would not sign the deal immediately and that the US needed to bring peace to Afghanistan before any agreement was reached.
"If there is no peace then this agreement will bring misfortune to Afghanistan," Karzai said in an address to the Loya Jirga. "Peace is our precondition. America should bring us peace and then we will sign it."
Washington has criticized President Karzai's government for delaying the signing of the treaty, insisting there must be a decision before the end of this year. The White House wants to finalize plans of how many troops will remain behind following the scheduled withdrawal of forces at the end of next year.