Privatization of Afghan war against national sovereignty: Karzai

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KABUL, Aug. 12 (TNS): Hamid Karzai, the former president of the Afghanistan, has expressed his opposition to the possibility that U.S. private companies will be responsible for the Afghan war.

The Office of the former President in a statement said outsourcing the management of war to a private firm (Black Water) will be against the sovereignty and constitution of Afghanistan.

Recently Erik Prince, the former CEO of the private military company, Blackwater, has offered to step up the Afghan air war with a private air force capable of intelligence collection and close-air support, the Military Times reported.

Hamid Karzai said that if the responsibility of the war is transferred to private companies by the US government that would a clear contradiction with the national sovereignty of the country and an explicit violation of the constitution of this country.

The former Afghan president considers the privatization of war in Afghanistan as a means of prolonging the war, continuing the killing of innocent people and provoking self-affirmation and breaking the law.

“I vehemently oppose the proposal to the U.S. govt to outsource its war in Afghanistan to private security firms. This would be prolonging and intensifying the bloodshed in Afghanistan and a blatant violation of our national sovereignty and constitution,” Karzai wrote on his twitter.

The former President said previous experiences show that such steps have not proven helpful but rather had negative impacts on the situation. He warned that the security situation in Afghanistan will also deteriorate similar as Iraq if the war was outsourced and a private firm was involved in the conflict.

Karzai also called on National Unity Government to oppose the project. “I call upon the Afghan govt to oppose and denounce this anti-Afghanistan project,” Karzai said

US officials have said that Gen. John Nicholson, commander-in-chief of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has refused to privatize the Afghan war.

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