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Karzai calls on Afghan troops to clean up own act

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 14:20

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling on his own security forces to clean up their act and end incidents of torture and abuse of the Afghan people.

The remarks are a shift in tone from Karzai`s speeches that have solely blamed foreign troops for abuse.

Karzai told Parliament on Wednesday that Afghan forces are violating their own people`s rights, making it harder for him to raise the issue when abuses are carried out by foreigners.

He says he didn`t initially want to believe reports that his own security forces had tortured prisoners.

Karzai has also blamed US special operations troops together with Afghan forces for a series of alleged incidents in Wardak province, and has called for the withdrawal of US special operations troops there. US officials say they are investigating.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 14:20

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