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Time to end Afghan-Pakistan mistrust: Daudzai

Time to end Afghan-Pakistan mistrust: Daudzai

Jun 01, 2011 - 20:03

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Now is the time for Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon to put an end to mistrust and seek ways of further cementing their bilateral relations, a top Afghan diplomat said on Wednesday.

Implementation of a landmark transit trade agreement would enable the neighbours to boost all-round cooperation in different spheres, Ambassador Omar Daudzai told journalists at the Islamabad Press Club.

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTAinfo-icon)that grants the landlocked country important trade concessions was signed in Kabulinfo-icon on October 28, 2010 between Pakistani Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim and his Afghan counterpart, Anwarul Haq Ahadi.

Due to a delay in implementation of the US-supported pact, which is scheduled to take effect from June 12, Afghan traders in Pakistan were face with serious problems, said the ambassador.

"Despite vehement opposition from the United States, the government of President Hamid Karzai has preferred the path of peace with the Talibaninfo-icon," Daudzai said, urging Pakistan to take a leaf out of Afghanistan's book and offer the insurgents reconciliation. 

Afghanistanwould never allow its soil to be used against any country, he said, adding Afghan and Pakistani people were the worst sufferers in the war on terror. He said the international community should respect the sacrifices rendered by the two countries.



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