Pakistan offers more intelligence to Afghanistan: Zardari

08:34, September 16, 2010      

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday offered more intelligence to neighboring Afghanistan to check the activities of the militants and ensure peace and security in the two countries and the regions.

Zardari made the offer to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai who arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit for talks on security issues and to enhance cooperation against terrorism.

"We need more security cooperation between our intelligence and their intelligence, which Pakistan is willing to offer," Zardari said at a joint press conference with Karzai after they met in Islamabad.

"We talked about future of our coming generations. I am hopeful that we will be able to see their share dream of betterment of Pakistanis and Afghans," he said.

Talking about the possibility of talks with Taliban, Karzai said that while campaign against extremism and terrorist networks, the Al-Qaeda and its associates, will continue. "We will also seek means other than a military campaign to bring stability to Afghanistan and to Pakistan by extension and the region," he said.

"This means that we will engage with those Taliban who are not part of Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist network and will abide by the Afghan constitution and the gains that our nation has achieved in the past 10 years," the Afghan president said.

"This means the majority of them who are sons of the soil, who have no ideological enmity to us, who are fellow citizens and who would be welcome to engage in a dialogue with us," he said.

Asked to comment on his offer of talks to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Karzai said military campaign alone cannot bring stability to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region.

"We should recognize that terrorists who carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan are based somewhere and we have to find ways to tackling their sanctuaries, training camps, ideological motivations and financial resources," he said.

Karzai said he discussed the issue with Pakistani leaders and this openness in dialogue is a step forward in bilateral relations.

Source: Xinhua


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