Pakistan sees positive change in Afghan government’s attitude

January 31st, 2009 - 1:31 am ICT by IANS  

Pervez MusharrafIslamabad, Jan 30 (DPA) Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Friday that the Afghan government has changed its attitude towards Pakistan and the relations between the two governments are currently improving.”There is a radical change in Afghan government’s way of thinking. We do not see that sort of atmosphere of criticism and conflict that used to be in the past,” Qureshi told reporters hours after his meeting with his Afghan counterpart Rangin Dadfar Spanta in Islamabad.

“Instead we see an environment of friendship between the two countries,” he added.

The relations between Islamabad and Kabul deteriorated under Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf when Afghanistan repeatedly accused Islamabad of doing little to eliminate Taliban and Al Qaeda militants operating from its soil.

In June last year Afghan President Hamid Karzai even threatened to send his troops inside Pakistan to fight militants who launch crossborder attacks inside Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s new liberal government led by President Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto, has tried to improve relations with Karzai government.

“The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction on the ongoing multi-track bilateral cooperation and expressed readiness to strengthen this cooperation both at strategic and tactical levels,” according to a foreign ministry statement released after a meeting between Qureshi and Spanta.

The Afghan foreign minister also met Zardari and discussed the security situation in the region and bilateral relations between the two countries.

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