KABUL – Some ‘unusual or unexpected remarks’ from someone so close to President Hamid Karzai cast a spotlight on the depth of distrust between Kabul and Washington and between Kabul and Islamabad but political analysts here say that the message was loud and clear – ‘the division of Afghanistan is on cards’.
“The Taliban office in Doha was a plot to break up Afghanistan orchestrated by either Pakistan or the United States, a top aide to the Afghan president has said. Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff said Kabul was concerned about growing closeness between Pakistan and the United States, and that there was still a huge rift with Washington despite top-level efforts to patch up the disastrous fall-out over the office. “The opening of the Qatar office, the way it happened was a plot and Afghanistan foiled that plot and this plot was aimed at splitting or breaking up Afghanistan,” Karim Khorram told local 1TV in an interview, the recording of which was obtained by AFP.
Meanwhile, Khorram’s remarks were interpreted differently in Pakistan. “The division of Afghanistan is not in our interest. Pakistan wants a stable and peaceful Afghanistan,” said a Pakistani political observer in Islamabad.