Pakistan should abandon violence to boost relations with Afghanistan: Karzai

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KABUL: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said Pakistan should opt friendship and brotherhood instead of violence in a bid to help boost relations between the two countries.

The remarks by Karzai followed during a meeting with a team of the Pakistani journalists who visited the country as part of the Equal Access program.

The former President thanked Pakistan for supporting the Afghan people as they were forced to take refuge and insisted that establishment of an environment of trust between the governments of the two nations is key in a bid to maintain good relations.

In response to a question, Karzai said Afghanistan is a sovereign nation and is fully independent in terms of its foreign relations.

He said the future of Afghanistan is bright and hoped that Pakistan will abandon violence and opt friendship and brotherhood and take sincere steps to boost the relations between the two nations.

The remark by Karzai comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for supporting the anti-government armed militant groups fighting in Afghanistan.

The Afghan officials are saying that the country allows the militant groups including the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network to use its soil as a safe haven from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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