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India cannot match Pakistan in its relations with Afghanistan: FM Qureshi


India cannot match Pakistan in its relations with Afghanistan: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to the U.S. its concerns about Indian interference in Afghanistan, including its impact on Pak-Afghan relations. This was disclosed by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the Senate on Thursday evening while taking the House into confidence on what transpired in last month’s strategic dialogue with the United States.

Conceding the long-standing relationship that India has had with Afghanistan, Mr. Qureshi was quoted by the Associated Press of Pakistan as saying that there was a qualitative difference with what Pakistan shared with its western neighbour and this view was communicated to the U.S.

While India and Afghanistan had the right to a bilateral relationship, Mr. Qureshi argued that “India cannot match Pakistan in its relations with Afghanistan because India does not share a border with Afghanistan and its role during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is also clear to everybody.”

India, according to the Minister, has not had to suffer a fraction of the price that Pakistan has had to pay for the instability in Afghanistan. “We have also conveyed these concerns to the U.S [along with documentary proof of growing Indian role in the region]. Our apprehensions are legitimate and we informed them that these legitimate concerns need to be addressed,” he told the House.

About Pakistan’s own engagement with Afghanistan, Mr. Qureshi said: “We have a clear objective of a peaceful, stable and friendly Afghanistan. We share certain concerns and we apprised President Karzai during his visit to Pakistan that our relations are not restricted to war against terrorism alone but we are also interested in trade, economy and capacity-building issues.” Pakistan: our apprehensions are legitimate, Anita Joshua

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