Think-tank says “Islamabad’s tactics have only emboldened the pro-Taliban militants”.
“Pakistan still hasn’t given up the hope of making us slaves. But they cannot,” Karzai said in a speech at a boys’ high school in the southern city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban.
|“This tyranny against our people is not by the nation of Pakistan, it is by the government of Pakistan”
“Before his arrival they wanted to scare me off, they wanted me to surrender. But I’m not scared,” Karzai said. “They wanted to make me accept to become their slave. But even if they kill 25 million people [in Afghanistan] I won’t become their slave.”
Pakistan fostered the Taliban during the 1990s but officially dropped support for the movement after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Pakistan has said it is “doing whatever is needed” to prevent its territory being used for Taliban activities.
Both countries are planning tribal councils in an attempt to stop the violence. But no date or venue has been set for the meetings, which Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Pervez Musharraf, would also take part in.
Relations between the two neighbours have frequently been strained since Pakistan was created in 1947, often due to border disagreements.