Karzai urges Pakistan to reconsider Bonn boycott

By AFP
Published: November 29, 2011
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Afghan President telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to urge him to reconsider a boycott. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Afghan President telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to urge him to reconsider a boycott. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Afghan President telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to urge him to reconsider a boycott. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE We hope our Pakistani brothers will be there, says foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosaza. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was "very sorry" about Pakistan's announced boycott of the conference. PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN / KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday to urge him to reconsider a boycott of the Bonn conference over a deadly NATO strike, officials in both countries said.

Karzai’s deputy spokesman Siamak Herawi told AFP that Pakistan was an important participant in the conference aimed at bridging peace after 10 years of war against the Taliban, and expressed hope that they would ultimately attend.

“President Hamid Karzai called Prime Minister Gilani and officially asked the Pakistan government to participate in the Bonn conference,” said Herawi.

“We regard Pakistan as an important country and are optimistic they will attend the Bonn conference”.

Gilani’s office issued a statement confirming that Karzai had asked the prime minister to reconsider.

Gilani “said that Pakistan had been extending complete cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan” said the statement.

“However, he further added that how could a country whose own sovereignty and territorial integrity was violated from Afghan soil play such a constructive role?”

Also, Afghanistan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai told AFP that “we regard Pakistan as an important country in the region, we hope our Pakistani brothers will be there.”

Merkel ‘very sorry’ about Pakistan boycott 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was “very sorry” about Pakistan’s announced boycott of the conference next week on the future of Afghanistan and would try to convince it to attend.

Merkel said Germany would still “see what could be done to change” Islamabad’s decision to bow out of the meeting in the western German city, taken in protest at Nato air strikes which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

“We are both interested in constructive development of Afghanistan,” Merkel told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan.

“Which is why I consider the conference hosted by the (German) foreign minister to be very important. We always said that conflicts can only be resolved in the region and Pakistan is part of this region which is why we are very sorry that this cancellation came today.”

Merkel said that Berlin had not given up on convincing Islamabad to reverse its decision and attend the Bonn meeting, which will bring together foreign ministers from around 100 countries to discuss commitments to the war-ravaged country after the withdrawal of Nato troops in 2014.

“I understand Pakistan’s concern about the loss of human life due to Nato troops but this should not distract from the fact that this Afghanistan conference is a very, very important conference,” she said.

“There was a loya jirga (grand assembly) in Afghanistan and there is now a very, very good chance for a possible political process. On the one hand I can understand (the boycott) but on the other, we will see what still can be done.”

A Pakistani official told AFP that Islamabad would boycott Monday’s conference in Bonn over the deadly Nato air strikes at the weekend.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • ali
    Nov 29, 2011 - 6:46PM

    No more. Finally the govt has made a good decision. Stick with it. The whole nation is with you. Don’t trust Karzai.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 29, 2011 - 6:49PM

    At one point, these Afghan unnamed officials accuse Pakistan and on demand support from Pakistan. Ingrates

    No thanks we wont be there (in conference).

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  • Nov 29, 2011 - 6:57PM

    I thought drug trafficking was more important to Bonn conference, since a group outlawed that it are not invited.

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  • Dee Cee
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Nato and Afghanistan are big victims of terrorism. Attacks by non-official actors should not be taken seriously by Pakistan. Such attitude will never bring peace in South Asia and Afghanistan.

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  • SalSal
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:14PM

    How on earth can they decide afghanistans future without including Taliban who control most of the country till now?

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  • Chilli
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:21PM

    This seems a deliberate move by NATO to keep Pakistan out of conference and future of Afghanistan. Our Army especially PAF response was not at all appropriate as they were unable to respond even after hours of attack.

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  • Sj
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:24PM

    This symbolic stuff is so over rated, Militaray top brass should resign for so much of failures starting from abbottabad, mahran base and now this… the recent is this one when the jawans are left on the mercy of Nato gunships while our F-16s and choppers did not move. What’s good is our Air force for?

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  • Aamir
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Now we are brothers to them, what a baloney.

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  • Malik
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Pakistan does not like Bone conference. we will like a boneless conference. get it? boneless? means without America. the bone of contention

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  • Fareedi
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Solve your own problems…. we have had enough of Afghanistan and USA. Leave us alone. Fourty Thousand dead and this is what w get….

    We were better off without your money and support.

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  • Noor Nabi
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:33PM

    Kabul should learn how to behave as a responsible state. Karzai should understand that a puppet’s end is often not nice.

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  • Lahoot e Lamakaan
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Good decision we support our government

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Now the Germans are pleading for Pakistan’s attendance. A few months back Merkel on a visit to Delhi made provocative statements against Pakistan in support of India. And as far as Afghans are concerned they are ethnically predisposed against Pakistan, . They granted India today a $1billion mining concession. My two cents worth is for Pakistan to change alliances. Gillani and Co ought to visit Russia along with China and Iran and come to an understanding on Afghanistan’s future. All these countries are opposed to US presence after 2014 which they want to monitor China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan. Medvedev and Putin are already preparing missile defense against US missile shield allegedly being built against Iran. This way Pakistan should come closer to nations with common interests within the region rather than compete for US or German affections. Recommend

  • hedgefunder
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:43PM

    I love Pakistan!

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  • Err
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Where is ashok sai and similar Indians? I thought he was feeling very glee over the fact that the world doesnt need Pakistan. The fact remains the guest of honor for the Bonn Coference is Pakistan, if thinks have to work out in Afghanistan. No guest of honours means the party at Bonn has just fizzled out.Recommend

  • Rafeek Hussain
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Good gesture from Pak govt about Bonn conference. Pak should avoid these reconciliations with west. Enough is enough. Pak should make strong ties with china and Russia. Support their own interests. Leave proxy wars. We need to rebuild. We have lost 45 thousand lives and 75 billion $ worth. Still our politicians are looting Pakistan. Sigh.

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  • Kamran
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Afghanistan is the real reason we (Pakistan) are in this deep crap (drugs, guns, smuggling, militancy).

    I personally regret the day we accepted the Afghan refugees way back. Not saying that we should not have helped them on humanitarian grounds at that time. But what have they given us Guns, Drugs, militancy, burden on economy because of major smuggling carried out by them through our western border, a burden on Tax paying people of Pakistan in the form of free help to them.

    Please leave us alone now. Leave our country and take your mullahs with you and do what ever you want to do there. We already have enough of our own problems.Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:16PM

    all such conferences are eye wash,americans are just prolonging its impossible stay in Afghanistan.

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  • asim
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:22PM

    The afghanis are not really our brothers.
    They are in bed with the Indians now.

    Just look at the hostile statements Karzai makes so often.

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  • maestro
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Yea trust the afghans. First you kill our soldiers and then ooo brothers please come! Go shove it! NO WAY we should attend this meeting – deal with your own mess you afghan “brothers”!! Recommend

  • Menon
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Why is Pakistan important? It is destabilizing force in the region along with China. Both should be brought under control

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  • Malik
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:46PM

    @SalSal:

    So it is open secret that people in Pakistan are sympathetic to Taliban; you just confirmed it. How on earth educated people like you could support Taliban regime.

    If Pakistan supports Taliban, why can’t they openly say it.

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  • Tariq
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:52PM

    Good to see the authorities showing some cajones. Pakistan should make it clear that it will participate in such efforts once american/nato mercenaries leave afghanistan and india should not be a part of it.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Wasn’t it a few days back that Karzai said on GEO TV that in the event of fighting between the US and Pakistan, he would support Pakistan??? Now do you think he is acting upon his promises??? In fact his troops accompanied by the US army had boots on the ground inside Pakistan on the night of NATO attack. Gunship cavalry was called in to cover their retreat as they had been discovered by the tribals. Pakistan had recently flushed out all the militants so the Americans knew that they would not encounter any hostile taliban. They blew up the border posts to cover their retreat and did not stop bombing the border posts, despite efforts by the military coordination setup for 2 hours. The stopped firing once American troops had withdrawn to the Afghan side of the border.

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  • Amm Squire
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:55PM

    With the government.

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  • Shahid
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Karzai,Your days are over.. Recommend

  • Peace4all
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Pakistan did not want to participate in any peace process at the first place. Now this gives them a great excuse. Karzai should not beg Pakistan to support the peace process, once the fire of terrorism completely engulfs Pakistan, they will learn some lesson.
    We only have to wait for 2014 once the ISAF leave or let’s say defeated; the Taliban will take over Afghanistan, but this time their boundaries of Islamic Khilafat will not be limited to Afghanistan…

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:17PM

    @Err:
    Of course they don’t need you !!! If they need you , than its all for wrong reasons !!!!

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  • MD
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @Err
    Look buddy, Pakistan can play a “victim” for few more days, but, mark my words, this is not going to last much longer, as everyone in the region and beyond knows how “chaste” Pakistan has been in the past. Yes, loss of life, be it of a Pak soldier or anyone else is deplorable, but, Pakistan shouldn’t overplay it. In my view, boycotting the Bonn conference is absolutely foolish. It will deprive Pakistan of an opportunity to present its views on the future of Afghanistan and influence the forthcoming course of events in that country, which is extremely vital for Pak’s own destiny.
    It is an opportunity of for Pakistan to present its case forcefully. Just don’t get carried away by the cajoling and mollycoddling you are getting from the world players at the moment. Realize the bitter truth, you are not in position to dictate terms. Independent foreign policy is a myth, it is particularly true of the countries with poor economies. Besides, sometimes, even the most powerful countries do compromise, in order to preserve their long time interests.
    Remember, there is no place for emotions in arena of Geo-politics. Recommend

  • The Honest
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:31PM

    This afghan ought to stand on their feet and they must leave depending on others…until Afghanistan/Afghani doesn’t use its capacity and potential to stand on their feet….no peace is aspect and they will be exploited further. After decades of double game and involvement of various countries in Afghanistan for their interests must be realize now and they must stand on their feet. Remember Afghan are the most potential nation and they can do allot in the best of their potential…..they must depends on themselves and develop relationship on mutual respect. While after decades of destruction the neighboring and involved countries could honesty play their positive role to the rehabilitate and development of Afghanistan…..because after decades of previous experience that without Afghanistan development regional development is impossible.

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  • Ali
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:38PM

    @Fareedi:

    Completely agree, we should wash our hands of amreekis and afghanis, send home the remaining refugees… na obama na osama!

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  • M Bilal
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:09PM

    Now there should be no tro & fro movement from this stance.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:20PM

    Every one knows in the world that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is an undercover US Agent.

    Pakistan is no bothered any more for Afghanistan.

    What we are concerned is how to get rid off from US that is sticking with Pakistan like a blanket in the winter season.

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  • Liaqat Ali
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:41PM

    It’s about the time the government of pakistan said to Karzai who all of a sudden begging his Pakistani couterpart to attend the Bone conference only now he finds the importance of Pakistan enough is enough you are two faced you are running to India for their help no matter how much we did for you and for all those millions of our Afghanistani brothers living in Pakistan you never ever appreciated before, Now please leave us alone and run to India again if you like, that shows how you upset every Pakistani.
    The govenment of Pakistan must stay away from American war from now on, you have learned the lesson hard way stop stop stop and concentrate on your economy security and other issues. Lali

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  • Aadersh
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:42PM

    If you r dependent so much on Pakistan then try to give respect to our concerns…No more now We already have lost alot for u people…

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  • Err
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:09PM

    @MD
    Oh I know that. Inorder to protect the rest of the world (including the Indians) we have been dragged in this endless war and paid price in blood and money. When people say oh what about isi and abbotabad, they need to also ask what about 9/11 and cia, mumbai and raw, 7/7 attacks and MI5? Howcome the cia was unaware for months while 19 men planned and trained and enrolled into flying schools to carry out the plot? What was the super stealth raw upto, when a bunch of measely armed militants infiltrated the city and carried out the attack for 2 days? Its not just Pakistan, all these countries have had a share of intelligence failures. Pakistan is no victim but it is being judged against different standards. So you are right, we dont even have the privilege of being the victims unlike India or any other country, because we are weak and get taken for granted despite doing all the work. We are the only country being punished for past sins( despite the US and West being the creaters of the Afghan War)
    So no we wont be able to retaliate or dictate, but we sure as hell can mess things up for them even now. No matter what they do, the endgame will play out in our favor, just like Iraq’s endgame played out in Iran’s favor.

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  • ali
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:27PM

    This man cannot be trusted. He does not represent the majority of Afghan people. He is just a puppet who has back stabbed us multiple times. He can go ask his friends in India to help out. ta ta…

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  • Khan
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:42PM

    @Dee Cee:
    And Afghans should let us hold our part of Jammu & Kashmir so that we can keep our half million soldiers in Srinagar to further increase our record of 80,000 Kashmiris our forces have had the honor to kill. We will ignore those 80,000 Kashmiris who held same passport as those 161 who unfortunately, died in Mumbai but we won’t care about those 80k since they were some far away mountain people?
    Not that I care more about your part of Kashmir but at least don’t be hypocrite.

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  • usman
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:53PM

    karzai is not a friend of Pakistan and never a friend of Pakistan.
    Infact he is routinely anti-Pakistan and maligns pakistany’s at every chance.

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  • Aamir
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:34AM

    @Menon

    What about India ????????

    Mother of all the terrorist activities India + Israel

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  • fahim
    Nov 30, 2011 - 1:57AM

    The only reason Mr. Karzai is asking pakistan to join the Bonn is reconstuction of his palace and his bank account. The last person you can trust on this planet is Karzai. i guess we shoudl stop begging for him and focus on our own people. all Pakistan will got from Afghans is Heroin, Opium, AK47 , terrorists, refugees and blames on every international level , we should close the borders with them as high inflation in pakistan is mainly due to sumgling to afghanistan. STOP this NONsense Mr. Karzai.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 30, 2011 - 2:21AM

    Everyone should know by now that Karzai’s statements are always made up of two parts. The first one nobody should really invest much thought into and a second one actually worth commenting on. The first is practice where people see it and point out his obvious mistakes and then the second one is the final draft worth actual attention.

    So, save those shots you’ve been dying to take a little while longer or you’ll waste them.

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  • Amjad
    Nov 30, 2011 - 4:57AM

    How can possibly attend the Bonn conference? It’s time for the region to cool off and they should reschedule the conference. Pakistan needs to look after its own interests because it has been made the scapegoat of the West for far too long. Why can’t Pakistan just ship all of the Afghan refugees to Germany to attend the Bonn conference. After all , there are thousands of Afghani asylum seekers who have smuggled themselves into every Western European and North American nation. Let them take the rest off Pakistan and let Pakistan seal the border with Afghanistan. No one in Pakistan wants any more aid if it means the death of more innocent civilians and soldiers.

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  • Jadugar
    Nov 30, 2011 - 5:02AM

    Mr. karzai, For Pakistan to Take you seriously you must first shed your Nato costume maybe then we may consider your suggestion.

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  • Khattak
    Nov 30, 2011 - 5:27AM

    As this was intentional attack and the target was carefully selecterd to be the regular Pakistan Army not the Godforsaken FC. Therefore, Pakiatnis are feeling the maximum pain. One of the desired result was to bring Pakistan into open & to sideline it from the international community like Bonn Peace Conference. It is known that participation of Pakistan in Bonn Peace confrence does not matter, it has to do what it is doing for the last 30 years .i.e sponsering mullas to have foregin policy or other material gains. Those of us who thinks that Russia & China will come to the party in our quest for sponsering mollas to fix India, Bangladesh & Afhanistan, are closing their eyes & brain for too much love of Pakistan. The bottom line is that we are on on our quick march to be decalred as terrorist state, isolated from international community, eating gross & fighting with each other until taken over by Taliban. It is not a bad scenario though, at least we will go straight to paradise after serviving for a while on gross.

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  • Imran Wisal Shah
    Nov 30, 2011 - 10:06AM

    It is shameful indeed. What more could be said of Karzai’s reaction than that he is a stooge of the US administration and least representative of his people and their aspirations. Always has been. Shameful.

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 30, 2011 - 1:46PM

    I think Karzai should rather invite its strategic partner India.

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  • Afghan
    Nov 30, 2011 - 4:33PM

    @ Pakistani:

    Well, India has no relations with the terrorists in Afghanistan.

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  • Imran Wisal Shah
    Nov 30, 2011 - 5:12PM

    @ Afghan et al.

    But there’s still a difference between a neighbor who offers candies and a brother who responds sternly under certain conditions/circumstances. Now you decide who you’d support. I’d always go for the brother bound not only by religion but also by flesh and blood.

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  • Afghan
    Nov 30, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Imran Wisal Shah:
    My response to Pakistani is not sarcasm but rather a matter of fact. And we Afghans tend to maintain healthy relations with both ‘brother’ and ‘friend’, however, our ‘brother’ always suspects our friendship for some sort of conspiracy- which in fact is not.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:10PM

    @Afghan:
    You are wasting your breath, with these Ghairatmands !!!

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