Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai told Al Arabiya today, Thursday, that there are beneficiaries of the conflict in Afghanistan, noting that peace is a purely Afghan responsibility.
Karzai added to Al Arabiya that the Pakistani Prime Minister has expressed his desire to support peace in Afghanistan, and that Washington has begun working for peace in the country, stressing that Afghanistan is an ancient country and the Afghans must defend their interests.
Hamid Karzai pointed out that Afghanistan has witnessed proxy wars for decades, and that it is a strategically important country for the United States.
The former Afghan president stated that his country’s intelligence did not talk about a strong presence of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Earlier, today, Thursday, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry confirmed the control of Taliban At a major border crossing with Afghanistan.
This comes while a senior Afghan government official told Reuters earlier in the day that the security forces had regained control of the Spin Boldak crossing with Pakistan in the south of the country, but the movement denied this and said it was still in control of the town.
Taliban fighters captured Spin Boldak Chaman Crossing on Wednesday, It is the second most important border crossing with Pakistan And a major source of income for the Afghan government.
A gathering of stranded travelers in Pakistan after the Taliban took control of the crossing
But a senior government official in the southern province of Kandahar, where the crossing is located, told Reuters today that Afghan forces had regained control of the region’s main market, customs administration and other government facilities in the border town a few hours after the Taliban seized control of it on Wednesday.
He added that the government forces initially retreated to reduce casualties among civilians and security personnel, noting that they are now conducting clearing operations.
But he warned that the threat remained high given that the number of Taliban fighters outnumbered the security forces in the area.
Afghan forces protect roads in Kandahar during clashes with Taliban
For his part, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied this, and stated that the movement’s fighters still controlled the border crossing. “This is just propaganda and a baseless claim from the Kabul government,” he told Reuters.
Pakistan closed the border crossing for its part, fearing that the fighting would reach its territory.
Worship Clashes between Taliban and government forces With the withdrawal of the international forces led by the United States from the country. The Taliban captured several districts and other border crossings in the north and west of the country.