Strategic pact with India: Afghan envoy meets Kayani to quell Pak’s fears

Published: October 5, 2011
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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) arrive for signing of a joint statement at Hyderabad House in New Delhi October 4, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) arrive for signing of a joint statement at Hyderabad House in New Delhi October 4, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: In an apparent attempt to dispel Pakistan’s concerns a day after Kabul signed its first-ever strategic pact with New Delhi, the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad held meetings on Wednesday with Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.

In separate meetings with General Kayani and Bashir, Afghan envoy Omar Khan Daudzai justified his country’s latest push to enhance security and economic cooperation with India but insisted the move “was not aimed at isolating Pakistan”, diplomatic sources said.

Both Afghan and Pakistani officials confirmed the meetings took place but shared little details.

“The discussions were obviously focused on developments that took place recently,” an Afghan diplomat said, requesting anonymity.

A Pakistani military official said the Afghan ambassador met General Kayani in an effort to dismiss the impression that the strategic partnership between Kabul and New Delhi was meant to undermine Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan.

However, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani tried to downplay the development.

“Both are sovereign countries, they have the right to do whatever they want to,” Gilani told reporters in Islamabad.

But despite Gilani’s somewhat neutral reaction, the country’s security establishment fears that India’s enhanced role in Afghanistan will have serious implications for Pakistan.

The strategic pact between Afghanistan and India was sealed amidst Pakistan’s strained ties with both Kabul and Washington over the Haqqani network.

Analysts say the latest US and Afghan allegations against Pakistan, coupled with Kabul’s accord with New Delhi, appears to indicate coordinated attempt to exert pressure on Islamabad.

A source familiar with the ongoing developments said General Kayani and Bashir both voiced serious concerns over the Afghan accusations holding Pakistan responsible for the mess in Afghanistan.

“The blame game must come to an end,” the source quoted Bashir as telling the Afghan envoy.

It was believed that the Afghan envoy also raised the issue of investigations into the killing of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani. Afghan officials claimed the suicide bomber, who had killed Rabbani, was a Pakistani national and was linked with the Quetta Shura.

Karzai tries to reassure ‘twin brother’

Sensing the likely implications of the strategic pact with India, Afghan President Hamid Karzai reached out to Pakistan to reassure the South Asian nation that the accord would not harm ties.

“Pakistan is our twin brother, India is a great friend. The agreement we signed with our friend will not affect our brother,” he told a gathering in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Karzai’s two-day visit to India comes during rising Afghan anger with Pakistan and Afghan accusations of Pakistan’s involvement in militant attacks.

The Afghan president reiterated that Afghanistan should be negotiating peace with Pakistan, not the Taliban.

“We have decided not to talk to the Taliban because we do not know their address … therefore we have decided to talk to our brothers in Pakistan,” he said. “The peace process will now be focused more on relations between countries … than on individuals we cannot find.”

(WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM REUTERS)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2011. 

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 1:28PM

    Like the picture with Mr. Manmohan on Mayors back.

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  • Amer Khan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:30PM

    Well as i said before, he cant help it, living with or without us, just like the US, my message to my Indian friends

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  • Kabul Rules
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:34PM

    be aware of Karzai big talks.. he is a back stabber …..

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  • Qasim
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Pakistan does not need enemies, when it has friends (twin brothers) like Karzai; bckstabber, ungrateful and many more.

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  • abc@london
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:39PM

    Take a hike man! He is a dangerously unstable and ungrateful person. It is a waste of time to say or advise anything to him because he and his family are a ‘complete’ puppet of US and an employee of US government. His changeover like the colour of the lizard will prove harmful for Afganistan, not him personally. The reason being his foreign policy is carried out on an ad hoc basis-he does as the situation demands, in his own interest. The people of Afghanistan must force him to adopt a serious attitude in politics and not follow him blindly.

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  • Gautam
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Indis is all weather friend of afganistan. Now a days brotherhood has taken back seat as pak is also causion of India..historically.

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  • Kafka
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:47PM

    A young man asked a sage,” Define a brother and a really good friend”. ” Brother is gold, while the good friend is like diamond.” said the sage. The young man was amazed, ” why is a friend costlier than brother”. The sage said, ” If there is a fracture in gold, it can be melted and brought back to original condition, but if a fracture appears in a diamond, it can never be removed”.

    Had Karzai read this anecdote??

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  • Uzair
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:47PM

    Such a looser!!!

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  • JJ
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Diplomatic statement by Mr.Hamid Karzai for PAKISTAN.

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  • Scheraz
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Only comment came in mind is “Lovely Move!!!”

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  • Mudassar.R
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:06PM

    was he really Karzai…Twin brother? good remarks about Pakistan , coming out of his mouth..good for a change

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  • Shabir
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Well said man, we pakis welcome this at this moment.

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  • Faiz
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:30PM

    A Hypocrite statement. Karzai is a puppet and want to trained Indian terrorists in Afghanistan against Pakistan. But InshaAllah, after the withdrawal of USA from Afghanistan, Taliban will crush Karzai and Indian in Afghanistan, because, Taliban are inherently against India.

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  • aasim
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:50PM

    be very careful with Afgahanistan…… as they have never appreciated our friendship and help and tend to lean towards India always.

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  • Pundit
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Afghanistan and Pakistan:Twin Bros.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    A regular theme in indian movies: twin brothers separate at birth…one becomes a Police officer….the other a dacoit….and towards the end of the movie the two meet…

    U can guess which one is Afghanisatn and which one is pakistan!

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  • Baqar
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Headline should be…”Karzai back to his senses”…he refered Pakistan as a twin brother while standing in New Dehli….oh boy i just love it Recommend

  • Ishant
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:05PM

    In India we have a famous product tag line these days, “Har ek friend zaroori hota hai”, Mr karzai knows that twin is what u r stuck with but a friend can be selected.

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  • abbas
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Nice Joke Karzai, you want us to believe what you say

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  • Abdul Majid
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:10PM

    There is a famous idiom that hungry hens always come to home for feed and when they have to lay the eggs they choose neighborhood.

    Whenever there have been difficult times on Afghanistan we have always supported them, now when the time the reap the crops has arrived they have jumped in Indian pouch.

    What a hypocrisy this has been exhibited by Afghanistan by recognizing Pak as twin brother and stabbing his back by welcoming his foe.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Pakistan is a twin brother, India is a great friend.

    Beautifully articulated. Pakistan and Afghanistan are like two brothers, Raam and Laxman, and India should be looked upon as the trusted, benevolent common friend, Lord Hanuman. Pakistanis don’t need to feel any insecurity, fear or anxiety from India. Dr. Manmohan Singh is trying his level best to build bridges of cooperation and trust. As a sane peace-loving Indian, I’d personally request my Pakistani friends not to harbor any negative feelings about this budding joyous relationship of friendship between Mr. Karzai and Dr. Manmoham Singh. Both of them are equally concerned about your prosperity and all-round growth. As an Indian, I fully recognize the value of Afghanistan as Pakistan’s backyard. Just promise us that you’ll turn this backyard into a garden of roses, and ensure that it doesn’t become a bed of thorns for India. Dear Pakistani friends, please don’t erect a construction like the Great Wall of China between yourself and your twin brothers, the Afghans along the Durand Line.

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  • Nauman Ghauri
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:32PM

    A big happening is followed by ‘a series of small happenings’ they say, and I second them.

    What if Ghazwa-e-Hind is the awaited big happening.

    Karzai!!!
    What have You done!

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  • Ghaznavi
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:34PM

    Afghanistan (under Karzai) is Pakistan’s evil twin indeed!!

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  • Realist.
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:38PM

    afghanis are backstabbers.

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  • rabia
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:42PM

    My borther Faiz what about what Pakistan is doing in Afghanistan, they always denied that they were not supporting Taliban and finally all the big leaders were housed in Paksitan and finallay Pakistan admitted that they were supporting Taliban. Pakistan need to stop playing games and be a good friend to Afghans. Afghanistan is a poor country suffered for many years for got sake let it breath and stop playing dirth games with it.

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  • QK
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:59PM

    Karzai Sahib, Afghans are most often very unfortunately killed by their own brothers or they kill their brothers. So be aware of your twin brother.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Pakistan must notify US and NATO that the strategic agreement between India and Afghanistan in a serious violation of the their agreement with Pakistan which stipulated at the start of the war in Afghanistan that India will have no role in Afghanistan security matters. As such, with immediate effect Pakistan must stop it’s role in war on terror and give no facilities of land, air and water routes for NATO forces. Since, NATO has broken the agreement, let them handle their war at their own.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 5, 2011 - 4:05PM

    Doesn’t the Shia-Sunni conflict have it’s roots in conjoined twins who were parted by a sword?

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 5, 2011 - 4:08PM

    @Faiz:

    because, Taliban are inherently
    against India

    Well, all these days I was led to believe by my Pakistani brothers that taliban were hindus in disguise and/or were CIA/RAW/Mossad agents!

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  • Syed Imran
    Oct 5, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Karzai- The satanic ear man( look at his left ear) if you have any dignity or shame take away your 3 million refugees to India

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  • Niaz Hussain Shah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 4:25PM

    HUWAY TUM DOST JIS KAY DUSHMAN OS KA AASMAN KYON HO

    Mr. Karzai you are acting like brathran-e- Yusuf. You can do anything for money. We do not trust you.

    REMEMBER PAKISTAN WAS STANDING WITH YOU WHEN USSR WAS KILLING AFGHANIS INDIA WAS WITH RUSSIA.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Vienna,05-10-2011
    Pakistan should not complain if it can not comfort twin
    Afghanistan of Af-Pak hook. It is Pakistan that drives
    Afghanistan to take shelter in India.It is common sense.
    Afghanis live in India everywhere not only in Pakistan´s
    Karachi slums. In Bombay they are princes of Bollywood.
    It is natural for them strengthen the relations. India has
    Hazara connection via Agha Khan Ismailis. Today´s
    Pakistan is systematically killing all blood relations of
    their founding father of the Nation.That is the point.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • ik
    Oct 5, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Why is the “twin brother” not a partner in securing Afghanistan?

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  • Azim
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:04PM

    If this helps Afghans why not ? We also have just signed a major trade pact with India. Accept it or not India is a major player in the region, and have been more successful and progressive then us in Pakistan. When Turkey and Arab states can have a relationship with Israel, I do not see why Afghan as a state can not have a pact with India. End of the day everyone has a right to secure its national interest, what we should be more concerned is how are we ‘The Pakistani’ Nation setting our priorities in the future – we have been thinking more from our heart and not using our mind, and we have paid a price for doing the same.

    Today all our neighbours are unhappy with us, either we can blame them all or blame our-self – Kashmiris do not wants to be called a Pakistani, China is cautious with us given its relationship with US & India as well as the export of militancy from our part of the world, Iran is mad on us due to elements from Baluchistan creating trouble for them + it is building stronger relations with India, India is for sure has some valid and many invalid concerns towards us.

    Take a break, and be logical. Do not try to justify your failures with issues on the other-side all the time. We are not the champs or the superstars, we are the bad guy and a looser in the film. We should stop looking for excuses and should start working to improve our position. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Arshad
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Karzai is playing a dangerous diplomatic game one he can’t play much longer at least not without the help of US. And I don’t know how much confidence he has from US, I am guessing very little.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 5:11PM

    The fall out of this comment will be interesting to watch from Pakistan and India both.

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  • Nasir
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:18PM

    For all those who say that Pak is playing in Afg affairs, let me tell you Afgs… You have been a playing ground since ages, once it was USSR, then US, Iran, Pak and now a new player, India.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:25PM

    @ik:

    Why is the “twin brother” not a
    partner in securing Afghanistan?

    Because “twin brother” wants to secure Afghanistan for itself.

    Twin brother not same as friend.

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  • Babloo
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Just like Pakistan is India’s twin-brother , but China is Pakistan’s all-weather-greater-than-Himalayas-friend, similarly Pak maybe Afganistan’s brother but India is Afganistan’s all weather friend.
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  • Bob Ka Baap
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:30PM

    Well, I always thought blood was thicker than water..in which case, the blood relative, aka Pakistan is closer than the friend, India.

    In any case, Karzai will push off before the last American troops leave; so, how does it matter what he says..he is a non-entity anyway, and I suspect the Indian know this…thats why they like making ‘nonstarter pacts’ with Karzai, knowing nothing will happen.

    What I dont understand is why Pakistanis get so worked up knowing that Karzai is a non-entity, and whatever he says is vaorware…

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:34PM

    Karzai diplomacy at its very best by reminding Pakistan to be its twin brother inorder to keep its neighbour in good humor.Recommend

  • malik
    Oct 5, 2011 - 6:46PM

    ” Fate chooses our relatives, but we choose our friends.”

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  • Mah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:14PM

    I have been browsing this site for a few days now and one thing i have noticed on most articles is that comments by Indians are malafide and clearly indicate that they do not have an iota of goodwill towards Pakistan. One can feel their blood boil in anger and jealousy if they see anything positive in our news.

    As for Afghanistan…Pakistan does need to sit down and create a foreign policy towards them which aligns most of our strategic interests. I refuse to stereotype afghans as backstabbers. Come to think of it…all the poor nation has seen is war in the 35 years so lets just give them a breather.

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  • Blithe
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Dear Karazai,
    Can you also please work to re-allocate the the 3.5mio Afghanis immigrants in Pakistan to India?
    Your kind efforts on this score will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Blithe
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Karazai spoke about marching all the way to Attock and threatening Pakistani Punjab in a book by the former British Ambassador to Afganistan.
    May I remind Karzai that Afgasnistan cannot survive without the wheat from Punjab.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 7:30PM

    Waiting to see its results in the future already!

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  • Faiz
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @ Rabia:

    It was Pakistan, who advised Russia to attack Afghanistan? It was Pakistan, who suggested USA to conquer Afghanistan? If some one coming to Afghanistan and want to give a major role to India, we will definitely against them, because, India is our birth enemy. Till now, India didn’t recognize Pakistan. I belong to FATA, the most affected area of so called WAR against Terrorism, but still i am against of India who are killing and raping innocent Kashmiri’s people.

    Yuri Kondratyuk:
    Yes, there are Taliban groups in Pakistan, which are supported by RAW, Musad, CIA. I am talking about Afghani Taliban, which are mostly Pashtoon, and Pashtoon, by nature against of India, as i am. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:53PM

    Karzai can change his tone any time he wants.

    Pakistan should be prepared to meet any eventuality either by Afghanistan or India.

    We are almost in a war like situation.

    This time US is not going to mediate, unless Pakistan will “do more” against the Haqqani group. Recommend

  • THE
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:58PM

    Karzai should not be trusted at any time. Pakistanis have sacrificed everything for their Afghan brothers but still we get the blame for everything that’s wrong in Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Lal Bahadur
    Oct 5, 2011 - 8:02PM

    @…… It’s only natural that Karzai will and should look at afghanis interest first then to Pakistans friendship, Pakistan as a nation has been selfish towards Afghanistan, always seeking it’s own interest (naturally) so expecting Afghanistan to forgo it’s priority and interest just because You may loose influence over them. This kind of thinking will never work. In the lat 20 hrs. Pakistan has become one of the most distrusted country of the world. I doubt if anybody would like Pakistan to be a trusted friend and neighbor. Pakistan should be thankful that he was kind enough to mention Pakistan as Twin brother

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 5, 2011 - 8:32PM

    To Karzai, They Mayor of Kabul, Please stick these shenanigans to where sun does not shine.

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  • Oximoron
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:43PM

    According to orders given to him by his masters, Karzai is shoving the Indians down the throats of the Afghans which they so despise . . . . . what an oximoron!!! Does he even care for the general Afghan population that has been slaughtered so ruthlessly for so long??? The Afghans have been sharing bread and taking refuge with their blood brothers from Pakistan. It is the same line of blood and blood is thicker than water!!
    If Karzai really wanted to save lives and have peace, he would have kept India out rather then give opportunity to Indians to create spy networks through out Afghanistan and then into Pakistan killing muslims on each side through their proxy wars!!

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Here is Karzai with CIA paramilitary force (the democratic force behind his presidential position) http://bit.ly/n4B571

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  • Yasser
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:55PM

    @ Yuri Kondratyuk… You are right but I would like help you to get the record straight that the faction Tehrik-eTaliban aka TTP are supported/sponsered by CIA/RAW/Mossad agents, TTP is a sub-section of AL-CIA-DA aka Al Qaida whose leader was CIA agent (code name) Tim Osman aka Osama Bin Ladin (you can search it on google as well).
    Where as the actual inherited Taliban are followers of Mullah Umar, who used to support Al Qaida but seperated himself from it after knowing they are double agents with their mission to get rid from western & US troops who have forcely invaded Afghanistan.. Haqqani network is a relegious group originating in Afghanistan who are following Mullah Umar as their leader. Haqqanis people were basically consisted as a regelious group following Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani as their Pir and their followers call themselves Haqqanis just like Gillanis, Chishtis etc. But after 9/11 and specially after US and Western invasion in Afghanistan, Haqqani were forced to form their millitant wing aka independent insurgent group to get freedom from foreigners.

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  • Agha
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:56PM

    @LAL

    Its all about politics pappu there are no friends in politics only interests ;)

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  • vickram
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:05PM

    @Mah:

    I am an Indian…and I don’t remember seeing any positive news about Pakistan – that would make an Indian burn in jealousy – recently in this site…. Can you recall any?

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  • Doctor
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:10PM

    What does Afghanistan owe Pakistan? We keep crying about how they are ungrateful. Ungrateful for what? The fact Pakistan’s meddling has ruined their country? The fact we have no writ of state in FATA and let terrorists train and live there who then go and attack Afghanistan.

    Stop pretending like Pakistani is some nice country when it comes to foreign relations. No one likes Pakistan for a reason. We are backstabbers and duplicitous in every way. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:17PM

    If we had any brains we would encourage this relationship and seriously rethink our position forwards taking into account the changing scenario.

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  • Adnan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:40PM

    What other reason can the great friend have to bond with the twin brother of its enemy?

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  • Indi-Pop
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Kane and Abel were also twin brothers Prez Karzai…..I hope this would not turnout the case in Af-Pak relations :P

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  • Foxbat
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:53PM

    Twin brother is kinda lost as to what it wants to be honest…GHQ kinda rubbing its head and thats where the real power lies in Pakistan

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  • Observer
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:03PM

    @Kafka:

    He probably read this one “You cannot choose your relatives but you can choose your friend”!!

    Pakistan is the brother Afghanistan is bound to by geography but it sees a natural friend in India among the nations of the world

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  • Asif Butt
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:28AM

    Congrats to all Indians ,
    Just read a BBC news article on your to be launched 35 Dollars Tablet/IPAD clone for students.
    Thats cool dudes. Man I wish we could also develop and progress as you guys have. Funny we have the same brains and potential but different miseries….
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  • Kaka Pataka Shataka Wataka Nataka?
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:36AM

    @Scheraz:
    Not really…… he fools no one but himself.
    Lovely move would be to move hi several million refugees in Pak to India since he cant afford them back in his town!

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  • Nauman Ghauri
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:36AM

    NOW ITS INDIA’S TURN!

    Talibaan Zindah baad!

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  • Deb
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:09AM

    @Mah
    Give me one good reason why Indians should be jealous of Pakistan.

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  • freehussaini
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:30AM

    STRATEGIC PINCERS FOR STRATEGIC DEPTH:

    The Pakistani top brass pursued its meaningless fraud of strategic depth to a point that it backfired, exploded in its face, on Tuesday, 10/04/2011, as Afghanistan signed a strategic pact with India.

    Now, the hawks at the GHQ find themselves caught in a pincer movement–rather, in a pocket. A stroke of genius or, not, this move by Karzai could be termed a last-minute purchase of an insurance policy in view of the fact his brother was recently murdered and then his top peacemaker was assassinated.

    The pact with India increases the chances of Karzai’s assassination or, does it decrease them?

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  • lobe
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:16AM

    @Qasim: In my opinion Pakistan and America deserve each other both are backstabbers. Even after getting billions of dollars in aid Pakistan protected Taliban and Bin laden. Pakistan (Army) always thinks about itself not even of its own people. Thus all the neighbors look at Pakistan with an eye of suspicion.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:14AM

    I wish brother and friend of Afghanistan should have cordial relationship with each other. Pakistan is going through the most difficult times since its independance and its time for India to extend a helping hand to its neighbour whereas Pakistan should stop cross-border terrorism against India. India has taken the lead in opening more avenues in biltaeral trade and its now upto Pakistan to reciprocate and show its goodwill towards its neighbour. My humble request to military who form the foreign policy and also the most important establishment of Pakistan to review its policy towards India and rather than spending wasteful expenditure on military hardware should focus on its economy, since India is doing the same would never attack Pakistan and risk bursting its booming economy. Futher, instead of patronising terror organisations who have brought total misery and destruction but no dividends for the country, should rather eliminate them for bringing permanent peace and prosperity in Pakistan as well as the whole region.

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  • D C Bhardwaj
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:32PM

    @Asif Butt:
    Thanks a lot brother, our govt is going to distribute it with 50% subsidy to all collage and after all school going students. This is a great achievement that we produced worlds cheepst but effective tablet with 2 gb memory.

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  • D C Bhardwaj
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Brotherly nations India+Pakistan+Afganistan will be in favour of south asia, as india is a super power in IT already by this tool we can rule world and same time reduce our poverty and take path of common progress. Yesterday India launched worlds cheepest tablet for 35 dollers and started to distribute millions of indian students. This can be also shared with our naboureing countries.

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  • Doctor
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Is ET now censoring comments which highlight the massively negative role we Pakistanis have played in Pakistan? Can we not confess for our mistakes? Can we not openly admit that the Afghani people have real reasons they do not like us and the poll numbers show that only 9% of Afghans have a positive perception of Pakistan while the number for India is well over 60%?

    The truth is we Pakistanis don’t like the truth. We rarely tell it and our schools don’t teach it. Our politicians certainly don’t speak it and our Armed Forces and ISI might know it but they’ll never tell it to us. We’ve meddled in Afghanistan too long. It has brought us no gain. We have millions of Afghan refugees that have brought poverty, violence, and drugs to our cities. We have a massive national debt and a country over run by our “strategic assets” which are backfiring on innocent Pakistanis on a daily basis.
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