In a bombshell interview on a private Pakistani TV channel, Karzai said his country would side with Pakistan if it fought a war with the US or India.
The two videos — in Urdu and English — are embedded below. Transcripts of each are also provided.
I’ll write more on this later, but for now, suffice it to say that he tries to blunt the sharp edge of his comments by mentioning the Pakistani people instead of the government. But no one’s splitting hair. Update: here’s the promised post on this subject.
First, the Urdu version and its transcript, as translated by yours truly.
Karzai: God forbid, if there is ever a war between Pakistan and America, then we will be with Pakistan.
Interviewer: So, you will be with Pakistan?
Karzai: Absolutely. We are your brothers.
Now, the English version (Karzai’s comments start at 0:17):
And its transcript, with my emphasis:
If Pakistan is attacked, and if the people of Pakistan need Afghanistan’s help, Afghanistan will be there with you. Afghanistan is a brother. Afghanistan would never forget — will never forget — the welcome, the hospitality, the respect and the brotherhood showed by the Pakistani people towards the Afghan people, who were five million refugees there [sic].
Anybody that attacks Pakistan, Afghanistan will stand with Pakistan, Afghanistan will be a brother of Pakistan. Afghanistan will never betray their brother. Afghanistan is not going to be dictated in any way, by any country – US or India. Afghanistan has its own policy, it’s own stand, it’s own clear view on things – and from that point of view, from that stand, is dealing with our brothers in Pakistan. We have more than 2,000 kilometers of border, we have ethnic links, we have – we have – cultural links, we have historic links. We have to live together in happiness and in prosperity….