Response to Afghan President’s Remarks

(2013-06-18)

The Government of Pakistan has noted with concern a recent remark by President Hamid Karzai against one of the Pakistan state institutions.  In an interview to a local channel, the President has attempted to create an impression as if some institutions of Pakistan are not fully supporting the objectives of bringing peace to Afghanistan.

The Government of Pakistan and all its institutions have unanimity of views on issues of national security and foreign policy.  In this context, promoting peace and stability to Afghanistan is an important pillar of Pakistan’s foreign policy which is supported by all state institutions.

However, the success of this policy requires reciprocal action and good will on the part of Afghan government.  It is in our common interest to jointly address the common challenges of terrorism and extremism being faced by our region. The newly elected leadership of Pakistan has reiterated its resolve to fully support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.  Pakistan will continue to support reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan in all its earnest for achieving durable peace, stability and development in our region.
 
Islamabad
18 June 2013

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