A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in May between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Afghanistan will not be implemented, said former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday.
In the first indication that the Ghani government may not be able to operationalize the controversial agreement between the two intelligence agencies, Mr. Karzai said it was “rejected by the Afghan people”.
“The MoU does not remain, will not remain…No. We [President Ghani and I] had a conversation about that which will bear fruit as time moves on.
“It [MoU] is something the Afghan people have rejected…they have not accepted it. It is clearly against Afghan interests,” Mr. Karzai told a small group of journalists during a visit.
Mr. Karzai’s comments come months after the Afghan parliament witnessed uproar over the contents of the MoU reportedly signed in May 2015.
Mr. Karzai’s comments come months after the Afghan parliament witnessed uproar over the contents of the MoU reportedly signed by Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil and ISI Chief General Rizwan Akhtar in Kabul in May 2015. Lawmakers in the lower house, the Wolesi Jirga had threatened to “invalidate” the MoU unless it was discussed and approved by them.