Time to get rid of ‘strategic depth’ hangover:

Time to get rid of ‘strategic depth’ hangover:

Islamabad : Pakistan | Mar 02, 2012 at 8:46 PM PST
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Ms Khar said the policy change might not have been noticed but the “trend was very clear. We have actually walked the talk.”

“Recognise what we are doing now without overshadowing it with whatever has been Pakistan’s historical baggage. We are moving out of that hangover,” Ms Khar said at a meeting with a group of journalists at her office a week after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani launched an appeal for all Afghan groups to join an intra-Afghan process for peace and reconciliation

On the issue of reconciliation, she said, President Karzai clearly said during bilateral talks that Pakistan intended to have a “pro-active supportive role and not a pro-active leading role” in the process.

Explaining the intra-Afghan dialogue for which Mr Gilani appealed last week, the foreign minister said the idea was to have the Afghans decide for themselves at the level of Loya Jirga about the broader framework for peace talks.

“First they should have an intra-Afghan process to see on what conditions they want to run the peace and reconciliation, who do they want to run the process, what is the timeframe they want this to be done.”

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Time to get rid of ‘strategic depth’ hangover:
ISLAMABAD, March 2: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she hopes for a relationship with Afghanistan based on trust and called for leaving behind the past associated with interference in that country and support for Taliban.
sadiqameen is based in Miānwāli, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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