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Pakistan asked to eliminate rebel safe havens

Pakistan asked to eliminate rebel safe havens

Jun 12, 2011 - 18:41

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon took up the issue of militant safe havens in Pakistaninfo-icon during President Hamid Karzai's two-day official visit to the neighbouring country, his office said on Sunday.

Briefing a meeting of National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) officials at the Presidential Palace on his trip, Karzai said Pakistan had agreed to take practical steps for eliminating insurgent sanctuaries on its soil.

Islamabad and Kabul affirmed their resolve to work together for promoting peace and stability in the region. The pledge came at the maiden meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace.

While supporting an Afghan-owned reintegration effort, the two sides urged the international community to lend its weight to the process. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and President Karzai led their respective delegations at the meeting.

Pakistan reiterated its support for Afghanistan's sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity, in addition to asking the country's neighbours to uphold the principles of non-interference and non-intervention.

Karzai told the participants that Pakistan had promised to play an effective role in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. He hoped the neighbours would be able to create an atmosphere of trust and step up their quest for peace.



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