Mojaddedi leaves Afghanistan over Karzai’s refusal to sign security deal with US

Hamid Karzai

KABUL: The head of the consultative Loya Jirga and former Afghan president Sibghatullah Mojaddedi has left Afghanistan for Turkey to protest against President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign the bilaterl security agreement between Afghanistan and United States.

Mojaddedi, at the conculuding session of consultative Loya Jirga warned that he will leave Afghanistan if President Hamid Karzai refused to sign the security deal between Kabul and Washington.

A family member of Sibghatullah Mojaddedi said he would not return to Afghanistan unless President Hamid Karzai endorses his demand to sign the Afghan-US security deal.

In the meantime, Disputes Resolution Commission deputy chief Asadullah Wafa said Sibghatullah Mojaddedi will head to Denmark after visiting Turkey for treatment purposes.

Mr. Wafa said that Sibghatullah Mojaddedi will visit his family in Denmark.

Karzai has refused to sign the pact promptly and demanded an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before the bilateral security agreement is signed.

Washington has warned that there would be no US or NATO troops presence in Afghanistan, without a prompt signing of the security deal.

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