US Senator wants aid to Afghanistan to stop if Karzai frees prisoners
South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham called for cutting off all US developmental aid to Afghanistan, if President Hamid Karzai releases 65 prisoners of the 88 prisoners from a detention center in Parwan province.
Addressing a Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Graham expressed his frustration at Karzai’s decision of releasing 65 prisoners and called it an increasingly “erratic behavior”.
He called for the aid to be suspended until After Afghan elections scheduled for April to choose Karzai’s successor.
“President Karzai has basically sidestepped his own rule of law,” said the Senator.
Graham said Karzai may act within two days to free the prisoners from a detention center in Parwan province over the objections of U.S. and allied forces who say they’ve provided extensive evidence of the threats the prisoners pose, including the use of improvised explosive devices.
“I want the people of Afghanistan to know that we are in for a supportive relationship, politically, militarily and economically but actions like this make it really hard for America to do business as usual in Afghanistan,” Graham added.
This comes amid the tensions between Kabul and Washington over the refusal of President Karzai in signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) which determines the magnitude of the American forces in Afghanistan.
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