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Pak FM says governments doing 'terrible job' in tackling militancy in Afghanistan

June 15, 2012 - Islamabad

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has accused governments of doing a "terrible job" at working together to tackle militancy in Afghanistan as she called for a more unified approach.

Khar made the remarks on the sidelines of a ministerial conference in Kabul aimed at building greater regional cooperation on Afghanistan and its future beyond the pullout of NATO forces in 2014, reports The Dawn.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said peace depends on regional cooperation to eliminate sanctuaries for militant networks waging violence in his country, and he also urged Pakistan to support the peace process.

Pakistan, who was the Taliban's chief diplomatic backer when the regime was in power in Afghanistan, is accused by both Kabul and Washington of continuing to play a "double game" in supporting the insurgency despite its official U.S. alliance.

Khar reiterated Pakistan's stance that it has suffered enormously as a result of terrorism, and said a more united front was needed among international allies.

"We have been making the claim that we need to all work together to ensure that we win against them rather than they win against us," Khar was quoted, as saying.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had warned Pakistan last week that the U.S. was "running out of patience" over Islamabad's refusal to do more to eliminate hiding places for insurgents, who pose a threat to U.S. troops fighting the 10-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Khar responded to Panetta's statement by saying she was "glad we are not losing patience with anyone, despite losing 24 soldiers", referring to the NATO air strike on a Pakistani border post in November last year, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and led to Islamabad closing the supply routes through its territory leading to Afghanistan.


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