Sehgal on Karzai's Visit to Pakistan
Writing for The News International, EWI Board Member Ikram Sehgal comments on President Karzai's recent visit to Islamabad.
"One did not expect much from Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan to try and rebuild our frayed ties and revive the peace process with the Taliban," says Sehgal. "Karzai stayed true to character, all honey and sugar in Islamabad and then reverting to bad-mouthing Pakistan once he was back in Kabul," he continues.
Ultimately, Sehgal argues Karzai’s contradictory rhetoric is politically motivated, serving to project power and legitimacy domestically, even at the expense of alienating his Pakistani audience.