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Zardari's policy is right: Karzai

Softening his stand on Pakistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said new Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari "has right intentions and right policy" to fight terrorism and appealed to the international community to back him.

world Updated: Sep 29, 2008 11:36 IST

Softening his stand on Pakistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said new Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari "has right intentions and right policy" to fight terrorism and appealed to the international community to back him.

Karzai, who has been accusing Pakistan of nurturing terrorists on its land and not taking action against them, said that the new President deserved support and assistance to combat terrorism.

"I think he (Zardari) deserves our assistance. I have full faith on him," he told Newsweek magazine after his meeting with Zardari on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session last week.

Asked whether Zardari could control the country's powerful intelligence agencies, who were suspected to be behind the Indian Embassy bombing in Kabul in July, Karzai said the international community should enable the current Pakistan President to do that.

"They have the right attitude. They are on our side. They are on the side of the international community in fighting terrorism. That is good for Pakistan as well. We have to give them the support and the means to deliver that," Karzai said.

Asked whether former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf did not try quite a few options, Karzai said, "Maybe he did, maybe the west did try it with him but we did not see results."

On his faith in new Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Kiyani, Karzai said he had heard good things about him as well. "Afghanistan will do everything to give them a sense of confidence."