Trilateral summit: Zardari denies army involved with militants in Afghanistan

Published: February 17, 2012

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (L), Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari (C) and Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) join hands after a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad on February 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday denied that Pakistani armed forces were involved with militants in Afghanistan.

The president, addressing a joint news conference Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said there was a “residue” of the war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, adding that there was drug trade worth billions of dollars going on in Afghanistan and that he had called for the US to pay attention to this matter.

Zardari said that he had met Karzai and that they could not deny that were people from both sides who were involved in militancy. “This is a world problem… they have left the baby with us.”

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad said that nuclear-armed nations were not superior to others.

“(The) nuclear bomb is not going to bring about superiority,” he told the same news conference, where he addressed a predominantly English-speaking audience through a translator.

Ahmadinejad said that Iran’s relationship with nuclear-armed Pakistan was an example of an alliance that “is not because of nuclear bomb or weapons”.

“The foundation of our political relationship is humanitarian and is based on common cultural values,” he said.

“Promoting peace and fraternity are the common goals of the three countries and our nations. We have got hopes to a victory in future,” he said.

Addressing the media, Ahmadinejad said that all problems in the region were the result of foreign interference.

“All problems are coming from outside. In order to promote their goals and ambitions … they don’t want to allow our nations to develop,” he said, without specifically naming any foreign power.

The outspoken Iranian leader said “we should stick together in order to advance and achieve our goals”.

“All these powers are interfering in our affairs. We believe that the problems of the region must be solved regionally,” he said.

“We are here to strengthen the steps in order to solidify cooperation among the three nations. We are going to move towards removing the problems … and we should deny others the opportunity to interfere in our affairs,” he added.

Karzai also said that the dialogue held yesterday had been good and all three countries were working together.

‘Resumption of NATO supplies will benefit Afghanistan, Pakistan’

Karzai had earlier today said that the resumption of Nato supplies to the allied forces stationed in Afghanistan will benefit both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Express News had reported.

Speaking to journalists over breakfast in Islamabad, Karzai had said that Pakistan should decide on a tariff with surcharge levy for allowing Nato supplies through its routes.

The Afghan president said that Afghanistan is not looking forward to ties with India which could be detrimental for Pakistan and said that in return, he also expected from Pakistan to not engage in ties with a country which could harm Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan should have attended the NATO sponsored Bonn Conference and that the ties between the two countries should not be inflamed because of any reason.

Speaking on holding peace talks with Taliban, Karzai said that Afghanistan will decide where the negotiations will be held. He said that the talks could be held in Turkey or Saudia Arabia rather than Qatar.

He also said that there will be no compromise made in talks with the Taliban.

Reader Comments (35)

  • Spaniard
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:18PM

    So Now You were here to give us this message…why not hilary takes next flight to islamabad for such message to deliver. Our poltician will niel down and say YES!!!

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  • Anon
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:20PM

    You mean NATO supply resumption is in the benefit of our puppet master US?

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  • ET Reader
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Thanks puppet, we know best what we should do. You plz go back and obey your masters.

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  • HQ
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:22PM

    and if Karzai keeps his mouth shut, it would be best for the rest of the world.

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  • CK
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Why wasn’t any surcharge applied for 10 years? Logic always defies your leaders, civilian, military and bureaucrats.

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Com’on Karzai leave NATO-US alone and join PAk, Iran, Russia, China Nexus to sort out Afghan Conflict

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Supply’s should not resume whatever the cost we have to pay

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  • ratee
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:51PM

    A puppet of USA telling Pakistan that they should open the NATO route for the killers and murderers of innocent Pakistani people.

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Its good to hear Pakistan is siding with Iran for its economic strategies

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  • ayesha azeem
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:23PM

    ”Pakistan won’t give its territory to USA for attacking Iran” :Zardari…
    First ever Decent Comment by Zardari..

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 2:26PM

    I second Ahmed Nijaad, he is 100% right, America has its own goals and ambitions, to ensure peace is not their first priority

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  • Wonderful
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Pakistan hosting a puppet of USA. What more can I say.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Karzai also expected from Pakistan to not engage in ties with a country which could harm Afghanistan.?? Which country he means by the way……..

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  • SalSal
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:34PM

    The only leader among these three who I truly respect and think who has the guts is Ahmedinejad. Truly a man of respect. Btw I’m a Pakistani.

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  • Faheem Tassadaq Minhas
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Important for Pakistan to engage Iran on gas pipeline by taking Iranian President Ahmedinjiaad into confidence… Pakistan and Iran have always been good friends but not GREAT friends…We have to make this project a success no matter how much we are pressurized from the US… Its about time we start thinking of our own good and prosperity instead of others..

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Ahmadinejad’s visit to Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan must be seen as effort to strengthen Iran’s tie to its neighbours as the country is feeling the squeeze of the international sanctions. Pakistan should be able to receive more cheap energy supply from Iran in exchange for nuclear knowhow. But what would Ahmadinejad get out of Afghanistan? What can Karzai offer Iran?

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Some independent and reliable sources are expressing their concerned,
    according to their prediction United States want to settled issue with Taliban
    on any cost because he have to deal with Iran who creasing its credibility
    in manufacturing nuclear arms and Israel has tremendous reservation on it.

    Everything can be tolerated but not Israeli security integrity and stability.
    This is American stance.

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 4:24PM

    In the eventuality,
    if talks has eventually held with Taliban,as claiming president Karzai,
    the Taliban spokes person would have never been refused.
    it mean ,more evidence require digging the fact attributed to the statement.

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  • Abdul
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Glad to see ET offer a different perspective on the news coming out of Pakistan and not the usual right wing jargon.

    Now coming back to the topic, I see the most of the comments here refer to Mr Karzai as the puppet, I would say its a little unfair to say that, yes he has been supported by foreign forces but in his opinion its in the interest of Afghanistan to be in alliance with the US so that these regional hyaenas( Pakistan,Iran, Russia,India, China) will be deterred from interferering in Afghanistan.
    Now what is the difference between Zardari, Musharaf or Kayani and Karzai ? Wont you call them puppets since they wont open their mouths without asking the US first !!!

    PS : I’m no big fan of Karzai but it helps to be objective for once.

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  • Roflcopter
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Great words from Ahmedinejad

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 6:48PM

    wow this is new develpment.

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @Roflcopter:
    you send sensible comments ..i like ur comments…..

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  • antanu g
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @Wonderful:
    and what about Iran….it is not a US puppet.

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  • Zalmai
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Iran does not need nuclear know how from Pakistan. The Iranians are more advanced and developed than Pakistan in every which way you can think of.

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  • Roflcopter
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @pakistanibaloch, thanks

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  • Cautious
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Nice photo op –but that’s about it. The reality is that despite the rhetoric the three countries really don’t like or respect each other. Iran periodically closes off it’s border after Pakistani Sunni massacre Shia – Pakistan periodically closes off it’s trade border with Afghanistan when it gets miffed – both Afghan and Iran constantly complain that Pakistan allows terrorist to use it’s territory as a base to attack them. Iran’s under World sanctions – Pakistan is often referred to as a failed nation and the Nexus of Terrorism – and Afghanistan is a basket case by any definition — not the makings of a great alliance.

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  • ufaquarian
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @Zalmair – dont worry on nuclear , even if there is no technology sharing on nuclear front there are so many things which we can benefit from each other – oil , gas , agriculture , textiles , sporting goods , surgical goods etc

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  • rafiq
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:22PM

    What a peculiar nation we r we always speak ill and negative to ourselves, We try to saw the sawdust and cruelly try to locate black spot in a shining show.

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  • usmanx
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Cautious, our regular indian friend, naturally finds nothing positive even in neighbors having or working towards better relations. Typical.

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  • afaqui
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:35PM

    The warm-glow of this Muslim Brotherhood should be become a beacon of hope for muslims the world over…and a lightening for our enemies..aameen!

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  • israr hussain
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:35AM

    Both karzai and zardari are the puppets of AMERICA AND they Will decive ahmadinejad in hour of need,… I WONDER WHY HE JOINED THEM,!!

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  • PakPunjabi
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:11AM

    Peace in Afghanistan and Balochistan + Good ties with Russian and Central Asian Republics + Brotherhood between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan = OIL from Central Asia through Afghanistan and Balochistan to the outside world + Pipeline through Balochistan from Iran to Pakistan and India = Regional prosperity!
    O Allah, please bless us with some sense and unite us Muslims!!!

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  • Indian muslim
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:33AM

    @afaqui: haha.. one meeting gives you so much hope.. he is only calling for mullah omar..nothing else..

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  • Organization of Pure Profit
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Iran Pakistan Afganistan, all of them end with an A and N, A represents A-grade, N represents Neculrear technology. Whaat!!

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  • Was a Pakistani
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Army messes up and civilians mop up… And then army bullies the civilian. From 1965 to OBL civilians have Ben covering for Amy’s goof up

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