December 16th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

On GPS: Afghan President Hamid Karzai

On GPS this Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST, an exclusive interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He assesses whether NATO is winning the war effort, explains why he can no longer talk to the Taliban and tells us how he intervened in the case of a woman who was imprisoned after she was raped by a close relative.

That, plus an all-star GPS panel on the Republican presidential candidates, Russia’s protests, and Europe’s woes: David Remnick from the New Yorker, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, Kurt Anderson from TIME, and Gillian Tett of the FT.

And, ten years on from the BRICs - why the man who invented the catchy acronym thinks one of the four has been a failure.

Here are some excerpts:

Karzai on NATO

Fareed Zakaria: The Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, recently said NATO forces, the international coalition, is winning in Afghanistan. Do you believe that is a accurate statement?

Hamid Karzai: Well, the international coalition and the Afghan government have been able to provide, in the past 10 years, political stability to Afghanistan, the overall stability of Afghanistan and the presence of Afghanistan as a state, as a nation state in the international community. But we have not been able - the United States, NATO and Afghanistan government together - to provide the Afghan people with their individual personal security. That is yet to come.

Hamid Karzai on night raids

Fareed Zakaria: The one area where you have had a great deal of criticism for NATO forces and for the United States has been these so-called "night raids." Former Admiral William McRaven says they are essential and important. You say that they are feeding hostility to foreign forces.

Where do things stand? So you have a commitment from the United States that these night raids will end, or not?

Hamid Karzai: Well, this has been one of the issues between us for a long time, something that we have raised an objection to for almost eight years now. We want Afghanistan’s homes, Afghanistan’s villages to be protected, to be safe from such attacks. What we are asking for, in very specific and clear terms, that is no foreign forces should enter Afghan homes.

On Afghan rape victim released Thursday

Fareed Zakaria: Mr. President, there’s a woman named Gulnaz, who as you know, was sentenced to prison for 12 years after it was reported that her cousin’s husband raped her. She was then freed because of your personal action. The great concern of human rights activists in the West - and in Afghanistan, I should say - is that particularly once the international forces withdraw and perhaps have less of a day-to-day involvement, that these kind of events will happen day after day after day in Afghanistan. Why is this kind of thing happening in Afghanistan?

Hamid Karzai: Well, when I came to the office and upon coming to know of this, I convened a judicial meeting, in which the issue was discussed in detail, and the right inquiries made. We, on advice from the chief justice and the Minister of Justice, decided that this was a case, perhaps, of misjudgment and that it has to be resolved, and resolved by giving her a pardon immediately. That’s what I did.

But to the future...I can assure you that Afghanistan has a long tradition of judicial applications....It’s a country that has been troubled a lot. But it is also an old country, with...laws and a penal code and judicial history. I can assure you that, once the international forces are withdrawn and not as many as they are today, Afghanistan will neither go into a trouble within the country or strife or into miscarriage of justice. I can assure you of that.

Watch the full interview with Hamid Karzai this Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST on CNN.

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  1. George

    Tell me why we are in Afghanistan again. Oh yes, originally to get Osama Bin Laden. That's right, I forgot. Now we are building bridges, roads and schools in Afghanistan while we close schools, drive on unpaved roads because we do not have the funds to pave them, and watch bridges collapse. Face it, this country is run like a 3rd world dictatorship.

    December 18, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
  2. BigdaddyUSA

    What we are asking for, in very specific and clear terms, that is no foreign forces should enter Afghan homes.

    How about we just leave your dirtbag sandpit you call a country you ungrateful piece of sheet!

    December 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  3. KeithTexas

    Afghanistan is a barbaric country that should be left to its own ignorance. Anyone that believes that a woman marrying their rapist is what needs to happen to absolve her from her sins is an idiot.

    You Christians shouldn't get up on your soapbox either, it wasn’t that long ago you were hanging witches in America. Don't give me the crap that Christianity has grown since then, you still believe that if you don't believe in Jesus just the right way you will still burn in everlasting He((. How could a bunch of Bronze age goat herders create a belief system that has been killing people for 4000 years?

    December 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  4. Hamed

    People of the world should and must know that there is two countries build based on relegion one is Pakistan and the other one is Israel. both countries must be destroyed and taken from the face of the earth, if the world wants to see peace. Jews and Pakistanis are worse than the AIDS virus. everyone must rise against Pakistan and Zionist regime. I personally love to see every Jews and Pakistanis dead. Hitler was a smart man but he did not finish the job. at least he exterminated 5 million of these nasty jews. can you imagine what would have happened if those exterminated jews would have been produce more of these diseases.

    December 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Ohsotired

      @Hamed – Wow – I hate to be the one to break it to you but there are almost as many countries built on religion as there are countries. Amazing that you are walking around with normal people. How do you get up every morning and make it through the day carrying around so much hate?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:27 am | Reply
  5. Ahmad

    give him a break, i think he is doing his best. Why dont we ask pakistan to eliminate all the terrorists camps? I wonder where all the military fund provided by the congress is going, i suspect the pakistanis are making more fertilizers (IED) to maim and kill american and afghan soldiers across the border. Right now my tax money is going through pakistani army to kill afghan and americans. THANKS TO THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    December 19, 2011 at 1:50 am | Reply
  6. Russ

    His bank account seems to have flourished because of the war. As far as Afghan security, why does NATO have do it all. Afghans hate outsiders. Afghan security should be left to Afghans. The mission was not to conquer Afghanistan or rebuild it. it was to destroy AL Oueda bases and kill their troops and leaders. That has been by our brave soldiers. Since Pakistan has shown they are not an allly and Karzai has repeatedly hampered NATO efforts. I say we pull up shop and let INDIA and Pakistan fight over Afghanistan but not before we get our POW the Taliban has and terminate Bin Laden's successor.

    December 19, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
  7. Rosslaw

    When the United States withdraws from Afghanistan one of our last acts should be to drop Karzai out of one of the departing helicopters at a 1,000 feet.

    December 19, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
  8. Walter Sieruk

    IIt is very wise of Karzai not to even try to have any kind of "peace talks " with the Taliban and not trust in any thing they say. The Taliban are very disingenous by nature. Another way to put it is in THE BOOK OF WAR by Sun Tzu which reads "we cannot enter into alliance with neighboring princes untill we are acquainted with their designs."
    To put in a more current way. It may be said "We cannot enter into alliance with the Taliban untill we are aquainted with their designs."

    December 20, 2011 at 11:34 am | Reply
  9. About conspiracy. Now everybody do the propaganda.


    January 23, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
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