US, Pakistan plot to split Afghanistan

This photo, taken on June 20, 2013, shows the new office of the Afghan Taliban in Doha.

A senior Afghan official says the opening of Talibanâ„¢s political office in Doha was a plot orchestrated by the United Sates and Pakistan to break up Afghanistan.

“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, who is President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff, said on Thursday.

Khorram accused the US of trying to introduce Taliban as a legitimate representative of the whole Pashtun community. The majority of the Taliban are made up of Pashtun tribesmen.

The ‘good’ and Ëœfriendly Taliban’ have warned the Afghan government of the plot against the country, Khorram added.

The remarks from Karzaiâ„¢s top aide cast a spotlight on the depth of distrust between Kabul and Washington. The relations between Kabul and Islamabad are also traditionally mired in distrust. Afghanistan and Pakistan blame each other for the Taliban violence plaguing both countries.

The Islamabad government facilitated the ongoing controversial peace talks between the Taliban militants and the United States in Qatar.

Pakistani negotiators have been persuading the Taliban leadership in recent weeks to embark on peace talks with the Americans and the Afghan government.

Washington and London have supported peace talks with the Taliban after US-led forces lost ground against the militants in recent months across Afghanistan.

Senior Pakistani officials have welcomed the dialogue between Taliban and the United States in Doha, but the Afghan government has expressed serious concerns about the ongoing US-led peace process with Taliban in Qatar.

Senior Afghan officials say the move contradicts the US security guarantees, noting that the Taliban militants will be able to use their Doha office to raise funds for their campaign in Afghanistan.

The Kabul government has suspended strategic talks with Washington to discuss the nature of US presence after foreign troops withdraw in 2014.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 11 years, insecurity remains across the country.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV