Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai has slammed the government in Kabul over a recent US bombardment of suspected Daesh terrorists, saying allowing the US military to use its largest conventional bomb in the country was tantamount to treason.
“If the government has permitted them to do this, that was wrong and it has committed a national treason,” Karzai said on Saturday during a speech, adding, “How could you permit Americans to bomb your country with a device equal to an atom bomb?”
Karzai, the most popular politician in the Afghan Pashtun community, questioned his successor, President Ashraf Ghani, for a decision to allow the controversial bombing. Ghani, also a Pashtun, is heavily reliant on foreign support for running Afghanistan. However, he has failed to garner the public support that Karzai used to enjoy during his presidency.
Ghani’s office said the strike had been closely coordinated between Afghan and US forces. “Every Afghan has the right to speak their mind. This is a country of free speech,” the office stated, in reaction to Karzai’s comments.