KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai has warned if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is not signed and foreign troops leave, Afghanistan will once again emerge as a terrorist sanctuary.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, he said: “Let me tell America Afghans want your presence here. I view the international community’s presence in the country as a source of peace, stability and development.”
An ex-governor expressed optimism the incumbent government headed by President Hamid Karzai would sign the vital pact. “Mr. President (Karzai), the entire nation feels the BSA is in Afghanistan’s interest; the consultative Loya Jirga favours the deal and intellectuals and politicians want it signed promptly.”
If the BSA was not signed and, terrorism would swarm back to Afghanistan -- a spectre forcing foreigners to return and eradicate their sanctuaries, he argued. He also delved into issues including women’s rights, freedom of expression, talks with Taliban, fighting corruption, governance, etc.