Taliban chief can run for president: Karzai

2012-07-12 14:47

Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar on Thursday to give up fighting his US-backed government in return for the chance to run for president of the war-torn nation.

Mullah Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader who has been on run since the United States toppled his regime in late 2001, is one of the world's most wanted men and is leading a Taliban insurgency aimed at ousting Karzai.

Karzai has repeatedly called on Omar and other insurgents fighting against his administration to renounce violence and accept peaceful reintegration.

"I repeat my call on all Afghans, those who aren't the puppets of others and have [only] issues with us at home - they're welcome for any talks," he told a news conference.

"Mullah Mohammad Omar can come inside Afghanistan anywhere he wants to. He can open political office for himself but he should leave the gun.

"He along with his friends can come and create his political party, do politics, become a candidate himself for the elections. If people voted for him, good for him, he can take the leadership in his hand," Karzai said.

The Taliban have repeatedly turned down Karzai's peace offers and earlier this year withdrew from exploratory talks with the United States in Qatar.

  • Issa - 2012-07-12 15:17

    Hamid Karzai is talking sense - if we fail in war discussion (round table can produce wonders. Mullah Omar must be brought back coz he was unfairly outed and through pains and humiliation war in Afghanistan has made heavy damage to property and lives of people and mineral of the country. Pakistan lost alot with this war of afghanisatn where the country was blamed to have been keeping Usama the son of Mr. Ladin - Pakistan lost its funding and its relation ship with America turned sour and militia started blaming their own government and explosions were the call of the day many lives were lost and still people are dying.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-12 15:25

    I've never seen such bravery as espoused by these Afghan peasants resisting foreign occupation since the brave Vietnamese warriors fighting to defend their homeland and chase away the invaders. They do not call Afghanistan the burial ground of empires for nothing!

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