The Status Of US, Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, Afghan first vice president Qasim Fahim, right, and chairman Sebghatullah Mujadidi, attend a loya jirga, or grand council, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. The Afghan president told tribal elders on Wednesday that any ongoing partnership with the United States would need to include an end to widely unpopular nighttime raids by NATO and on the international forces handing over control of detention centers to Afghan troops. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, Afghan first vice president Qasim Fahim, right, and chairman Sebghatullah Mujadidi, attend a loya jirga, or grand council, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. The Afghan president told tribal elders on Wednesday that any ongoing partnership with the United States would need to include an end to widely unpopular nighttime raids by NATO and on the international forces handing over control of detention centers to Afghan troops. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

A media discussion on VOA Deewa Pashto Radio Program ‘Washington2Khyber’ hosted by Rahman Bunairee.

The debate revolves around the dynamics of the bilateral security agreement being negotiated between Afghanistan and the US. The Afghan Loya Jirga gave a green light to President Karzai to go ahead with the security pact with US. However, President Karzai has delayed signing the treaty to after the election in April 2014. On the other hand, US wants the deal to be inked this year and has warned not doing so will result in a complete US withdrawal.

The panel includes:

– Abdul Khaliq Hussaini Pashai – Spokesperson, Loya Jirga Afghanistan
– Arif Ansar – Chief Analyst, PoliTact, Washington DC
– Ghafoor Lewal – Director, Afghanistan Regional Studies Center
– Wadir Safi – Executive Director, National Legal Training Center, Afghanistan

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