Lahore: President of Afghanistan, Mr. Hamid Karzai, made a telephonic call to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani today and expressed the deepest condolences of the people and the Government of Afghanistan from his own behalf on the martyrdom of Pakistan’s security personnel in an attack on the army check post by the NATO/ISAF forces.
The Afghan President thanked the Government of Pakistan for extending full cooperation to the Afghan investigation team who visited Pakistan in connection with the investigation of assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan assured the Afghan President that his administration will continue to extend full cooperation till the culprits behind the tragedy are not apprehended.
The Afghan President recalled his meeting with the Prime Minister on the sidelines of the recent SAARC Summit in held Maldives and described as positive and forward looking.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan was working for the stability of Afghanistan because a stable, independent and peaceful Afghanistan was in the Pakistan’s interest.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani expressed his deepest regret on the use of the Afghan soil for attacking Pakistan sovereignty at the hands of the NATO/ISAF forces in Mohmand Agency.
The Prime Minister said that the breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty and the martyrdom of the army personnel had enraged the people of Pakistan.
The Afghan President said that media reports were circulating that Pakistan had decided not to participate in the Bonn Conference. The Afghan President, while expressing his concern at the media reports, requested the Prime Minister to reconsider the decision as the Conference was being convened for peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said and Pakistan’s absence from the Bonn moot would not be helpful to the efforts aimed at bringing about peace in the Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan had been extending complete cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan. However, he further added that how could a country, whose own sovereignty and territorial integrity was violated from the Afghan soil, could play a constructive role?
The Prime Minister recalled that several cross-border attacks were launched into Pakistani territory in the past in which scores of Pakistan’s security personnel lost their lives. He said that those attacks were a clear violation of the International Law and NATO/ISAF mandate.
The Prime Minister said that the recurrence of such incidents would definitely narrow down the political space for the government where the country’s own sovereignty was at stake.
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