Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a fresh appeal to Taliban supremo Mullah Mohammed Omar to join peace negotiations, guaranteeing immunity from foreign forces.
His call, as a part of repeated efforts to find a breakthrough in his fight against terrorism in the country came on the first day of Eid ul-Fitr, the religious holiday that comes at the end of the Muslim month of fasting, or Ramadan.
Karzai, who often insisted that negotiating with the militants would not include Mullah Omar, changed his stance during a press conference held in his presidential palace Tuesday.
He even went to the extent of inviting the renegade leader, who is one of the most wanted persons on Washington's terrorist list, to join his ministry.
"Come to your own homeland, and construct your country," Karzai said. "Don't be afraid of foreigners; we will stand in front of them so that they don't hurt you," he added, referring to around 70,000 international troops deployed in Afghanistan.
Talk about ungrateful... Hopefully this is another case of Taquiya....