NEW YORK - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the US-led military operations in Afghanistan and called for focusing the 'war on terror' more on Pakistan than his strife-torn country. In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Karzai said that he had 'full trust' in President Zardari and his intention to combat the militants along the Pak-Afghan border. Conceding that security in Afghanistan has deteriorated the Afghan President said that his government made mistakes but also blamed international troops for alienating Afghan tribes with raids and 'extra judicial killings' rather than focusing on militant refugees in Pakistan. Only sending more troops to Afghanistan is not a complete response to fighting in his country, Karzai said, adding that a proposal of concentrating troops around Kabul also was a bad idea. He also called for a new agreement between the international community and his government that defines the responsibilities of each. Karzai said international forces must concentrate on eliminating the Taliban-led militants' sanctuaries across the border in Pakistan. "For years we have been saying that we need concentration on the sanctuaries. We were ignored," Karzai said. "For years, I have been saying that the war on terrorism is not in Afghanistan, that its in the training camps, its in sanctuaries." Karzai said that he thought US President-elect Barack Obama was 'a very capable person' and did not take offence to Obama's remark that he thought Karzai was weak. QUESTION: Do you believe that your neighbor, Pakistan, is serious about the war on terrorism? ANSWER: President [ Asif Ali] Zardari is, no doubt, there's no doubt about that. And I hope he and his government will succeed in this regard ... I have full trust in him and his intentions. He has personally suffered a colossal loss [the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto] at the hands of terrorism, so I am sure he will do the right thing. Q: What about the Pakistani civilian government's ability to control the country's powerful army and intelligence agencies? A: That's a different question. The intention's right with President Zardari. The ability is something we must all help around. Q: What do you think about the performance of the new Pakistan civilian government? A: President Zardari and his government are committed to working against terrorism, but the sanctuaries are still there, and we all have to work together to have them removed. And now unfortunately, Pakistan is suffering too. Because we did not act in time to remove those sanctuaries, it's become a victim of terrorism. Meanwhile, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has said that he plans to send between 20,000 and 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by next summer. General David McKiernan, the US commander in Afghanistan, has asked for more than 20,000 extra US soldiers to counter a rise in insurgent violence, seven years after US forces first invaded the country to oust the Taliban from power. But the potential deployment of 30,000 extra troops discussed by Mullen " the highest-ranking US military officer " would nearly double the US military presence in Afghanistan, which currently stands at 31,000. "The troops that were asked for in joint discussions with General McKiernan is what we're going to need for the foreseeable future. So I don't see an increase any higher at this point than 20 to 30,000," Mullen told reporters in Washington. Mullen said he hoped the extra troops " including four combat brigades, an aviation brigade and other support forces " could be deployed by mid-2009. "We're looking to get them here in the spring, but certainly by the beginning of summer at the latest," he said. Mullen said he could not give the "exact number" of soldiers that would be sent, but said 20,000-30,000 represented "the window of the overall increase where we are right now."