Gilani plays down India-Afghan strategic partnersh

Last Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 00:15

Gilani said: "Karzai said something else with me.... there should be a meeting between
me and him very soon."
He was responding to a question on the agreement signed
by the two countries yesterday.

Asked specifically if the agreement inked during Afghan
President Hamid Karzai`s visit to New Delhi would have any
adverse effect on Pakistan, Gilani replied: "No, I don`t think
so. We are all in the same region and...we want to work
together for peace and prosperity in the region. I think we
should work together."

Responding to another question on whether the
reconciliation process with the Taliban in Afghanistan was now
dead, Gilani said: "Karzai said something else with me. In my
view, he is of the view that there should be a meeting between
me and him very soon."

He did not give details.

The strategic partnership agreement, especially a
provision on India training and equipping the Afghan armed
forces, has been viewed with concern by some Pakistani
security analysts.

Pakistan has for long said that it will back an
Afghan-led process for peace and reconciliation in the
war-torn country.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 00:15

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