UK commander says Karzai’s step-bro would rather watch Chelsea play

May 14th, 2010 - 6:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Chelsea Kabul, May 14 (ANI): A senior British commander attached with the NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, has revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, would “rather be watching Chelsea” play football than be involved in sorting out his nation’s problems.Powerful Wali Karzai has repeatedly been accused of having links with drug tafficking and corruption - which he denies.

Major General Nick Carter, the British commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, said: “Ahmad Wali Karzai is an avid Chelsea supporter.

“He tells me he would far rather be watching Chelsea win the Premiership than wasting time trying to settle disputes at his house in south-western Kandahar city.”

The senior soldier also revealed concerns over Kandahar’s powerful provincial council providing “much more governance than perhaps it is mandated to do through the Afghan Constitution.”

He suggested that Wali Karzai is willing to relinquish some of his influence.

The British commander said the situation in Kandahar was more complicated than in Helmand, but it was “essentially a political problem”. (ANI)

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