Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai marked the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States by condemning “international terrorism” and offering condolences to the families of victims.
In a statement, Karzai said Afghanistan was not the source of militancy and those fighting it must focus on the “sources and birthplaces of terrorism,” an apparent reference to Pakistan.
The statement also refers to “innocent Afghans” as the victims of the current strategy of the war against the Taliban.
“Afghan villages are not the birthplaces and sources of terrorism and innocent Afghan people must not become the victims of the war against terrorism,” Karzai said in the statement issued by his office.
“The right strategy of the war against terrorism is to focus on the sources and birthplaces of terrorism,” he said.
“The Afghan government invites the international community and all those who want a lasting and firm war against terrorism, with a critical assessment of the past nine years of anti-terror strategy, to adjust this strategy with the bitter realities regarding terrorism and to provide the grounds for victory.”
The government, he said, “offers its firm solidarity with families, the nation and the government of the United States of America and all those who have become victims of terrorism all these years”.