PM gillani and hamid karzai – Combine press conference

Posted on March 11, 2010

PM gillani and hamid karzai – Combine press conference

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his country would not allow its soil to be used against Pakistan, Geo News reported Thursday.

Addressing a joint press conference here with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani after signing the MoU, he said India has gone out of the way to help Afghanistan; but Pakistan is twin brother of Afghanistan, adding without cooperation from Pakistan, there could be no stability.

‘We are fighting against terrorism; I brought message from people of Afghanistan to the people of Pakistan,’ he said.

No country has ever showed more hospitality to Afghanistan than Pakistan, the Afghan president said adding both the countries discussed various affairs including agreements made on transit trade.

Responding a question regarding drone attacks in Pakistan, he said the issue is Pakistan-specific; accordingly, it was discussed neither in Afghanistan nor in the recent meetings in Pakistan.

However, PM Gilani said the drone attacks are counter-productive, as they force local people to join hands with terrorists against state and the Army.

Gilani said the government is trying to bring the US government round to the fact.

Karzai said, ‘We want future with no terrorism,’ adding peace is not likely to be restored in Afghanistan without the help from Pakistan.

Pakistan would be informed as and when Afghanistan receives some reports on terrorism, he stressed saying the terror wave is sweep away myriads precious lives and properties.

The PM Gilani said Pakistan has decided to enhance its cooperation with Afghanistan to eliminate the terrorism, adding bilateral ties between the two countries would be furthered.

Gilani said Pakistan will extend all possible succour to Afghanistan for its reconstruction, adding it was decided that the trade volume between the two countries would be ramped up.

‘We want to take the strategic partnership with Afghanistan forward,’ he added saying the war against terrorism will continue.

Pakistan understands Afghan plans and priorities, he observed.

Hamid Karzai said the destiny, grieves and happiness of both the countries are shared.

He said the ties between the two countries are on the path to being strengthened.

Responding a query, Karzai appreciated Indian efforts in Afghan reconstruction.