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Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Friday that the opening of the Nato supply route was not only in the interest of Pakistan but also of benefit to Afghanistan.

In an interview, Khar said it was in the interest of Pakistan that Afghanistan remained peaceful and stable.

The stability of both countries is interlinked, she observed.

She said the fundamental cause leading to difficulties in ties between Pakistan and US was the trust deficit due to different incidents.

She said Pakistan had made it clear that crossing its red lines by the US was not acceptable.

Khar said Pakistan had taken a stand in the aftermath of the Salala checkpost incident and that it had refused to go to the Bonn conference.

The minister urged that with the settlement of a difficult issue between Pakistan and the US, there was an opportunity to build ties with America.

“We should use the opportunity and should not let it go.”

Khar said the process of engagement between Pakistan and the US had been in a state of pause.

Earlier, she said that Pakistan-US ties had been shrouded in non-transparency but that the Pakistani government wanted to remove it once for all.

She said the government and the people of Pakistan were on the same page on the issue of relations with America.

Khar said the government had reiterated its position that drone attacks were counter productive and against Pakistan’s sovereignty.

The minister said that the American position on drone strikes was that it would continue the operations as it believed there were terrorists on the ground.

“We need to work on various anti-terrorism tools and coordinate our strategies.”

Khar said it was not enough that the two countries only continue to state their positions as there was a need to move forward.

She said the government had taken decisions in accordance with the guidelines provided in the parliament’s resolution.

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Comments (7)

M. Asghar
July 7, 2012 9:58 am
What a strange thing to say that "the government and the people are on the same page"., because the government may be on the page, but without the people as they are wallowing in their daily misery!
Jaihoon
July 7, 2012 7:12 am
People of Pakistan being on the same page is a world different than its army's worldview, which dominates politics and formulates foreign policy.
dilawer
July 7, 2012 7:13 am
#1. Stop positing glamorous pictures of FM of Pakistan. #2. Stop covering half the page with just pictures. #3. Start reporting with some higher standards.
Muhammad Afzaal
July 7, 2012 7:31 am
Amazing after the reopening the NATO supply, fresh drone has been attacked and about 17 people killed / shaheed. wow it is in the interest of Pakistan.
wraksha
July 7, 2012 7:44 am
It is in the interest of Pakistan to announce and observe re opening of NATO route as ""Sorry Day" by the Govt.It should be declared as they declared Roti Kapra and Makan in the larger interest of Pakistan
wraksha
July 7, 2012 7:46 am
There should be some one in your media to pass all these comments to the respective departments for better understanding about the issue
Sachal
July 7, 2012 8:04 am
Afzaal, they are saving "democracy", so what if a few Pakistani's are killed. The PPP led government will complete their 5 years and every Pakistani should take pride that a Democratic government held on. If their is no electricity for the common man thats not an issue, as long as the PPP can cling on to their seats. If you argue with them, they will tell you about the deaths of their "unelected" party bosses.
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