America and NATO have announced to pull out their forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 but before that, the United States is willing to enter into a security pact with Hamid Karzai, but Karzai is delaying.
The terms of the Afgha-US pact are already settled after a year of wrangling. However Karzai has also added conditions including the release of all Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He also demanded an end to military operations involving Afghan homes.
First Hamid Karzai delayed this pact, excusing that he needs to get approval from his Loya Jirga “Afghan Elders” and now when the Loya Jirga has approved the pact, Hamid Karzai is playing delaying tactics and has announced that he may not sign this pact before April 2014.
According to pact, NATO plans to leave a training mission of 8,000 to 12,000 soldiers in Afghanistan after 2014.
According to a common perception, Hamid Karzai is not signing the accord because He wants his Brother to be next Presided of Afghanistan in next election that would hold in 2014. By not signing this pact, he is trying to get the guarantee first for his brother’s support.
NATO alliance Chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, “The agreement that NATO needs with Afghanistan is modelled on the proposed US pact and, in any case, Washington is expected to supply most of the forces for the post-2014 NATO mission, so without the US, the mission is unlikely to be feasible.”
As the time of withdrawal of allied forces is coming closer, the political settlement has become the need of hour for all the stake holders involve in Afghanistan. Hoever, Karzai is managing to persuade United States to support his brother “by rigging” to elect him next Afghan President. The deadlock over this pact is set to continue.