KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) If the United States or India ever went to war with Pakistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Afghanistan would back neighboring Pakistan.
Strained ties between the U.S. and Afghanistan have taken a new turn, as Afghanistans president said his country would align with Pakistan in a war against the U.S or India.
President Hamid Karzai said: ‘God forbid, If ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan.’
‘If Pakistan is attacked and if the people of Pakistan needs Afghanistan’s help, Afghanistan will be there with you.’
When asked specifically if Afghanistan would back Pakistan if it was attacked by India, Pakistan’s arch-enemy, Karzai replied: “Anybody that attacks Pakistan, Afghanistan will stand with Pakistan. Afghanistan will be a brother of Pakistan. Afghanistan will never betray a brother”.
Relationship between Pakistan and the US have been tense and pressure on Islamabad has been mounting since American special forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in May in Pakistani soils, where he apparently had been living for years.
The secret bin Laden raid was the biggest blow to U.S.-Pakistan relations since Islamabad joined the U.S. ‘war on terror’ after the 9/11 attacks.
Last month, US Senator Lindsay Graham, who serve in the US Senate Armed Service Committee, called for war against Pakistan after military intelligence found that Pakistan spy agencies ISI secretly backed terrorist organization Haqqani network in murdering American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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