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Afghanistan 'not serious' about improving ties with Pak: Khar

Islamabad , Sat, 19 Nov 2011 ANI

Islamabad, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Afghanistan is not serious in improving ties with her country, otherwise it would not have continuously made 'recriminatory comments' against Islamabad.


"Can we overextend our arm without it being reciprocated? No country which is serious about improving ties with another country will continue to make recriminatory comments against that country," The Dawn quoted Khar, as saying.


"As far as better relations with Afghanistan are concerned, it takes two to tango. Pakistani leadership has in the most responsible terms possible reached out to the Afghan leadership in ways and means which are beyond may be diplomatic and political norms," she added.


Her comments followed a meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit last week, which according to media accounts did not go well.


Earlier, Turkey had also helped to ease tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan by hosting a trilateral summit, with President Asif Ali Zardari and Karzai heading their delegations.


Despite an understanding on joint investigation of the murder of peace council chief Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, the Istanbul summit apparently could not achieve its desired goal.


Ties between Islamabad and Kabul, which saw a marked improvement over the past few months, dramatically deteriorated after Prof Rabbani's assassination, which was blamed on militants based in Pakistan. (ANI)


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