Imran criticizes Britain for its ‘mad’ Afghan policyBy ANI
Thursday, July 16, 2009
LONDON - Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan has lambasted Britain for its ‘mad’ Afghan strategies.
Speaking in front of a joint audience of Foreign Press Association and Commonwealth Club members here, Khan said the British’ Afghanistan policy was ‘mad’, ‘given Albert Einstein’s definition of madness as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.’
He said the current policy of carrying of carrying out military offensive against Al-Qaeda and other extremist outfits in Afghanistan has failed and proved counterproductive in tackling the terror threat.
Khan said the policy provoked more militancy in response.
He opined that the current conflict would never conclude as was the case with the Russians and Mughals earlier.
“The US and British governments were badly advised, with officials from both countries only meeting people on the ground who told them what they wanted to hear,” Khan said.
The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief said Afghanistan’s issue needed a political solution as it was not an ideological struggle between moderate and extreme form of Islam.
“It is a political struggle needing a political solution as in Northern Ireland,” The Dawn quoted Khan, as saying.
He also urged the PPP-led government in Pakistan to pull out troops from the Afghan border. (ANI)