Kabul calls for sincere cooperation from Pak
Afghanistan called for sincere cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:00 IST
Afghanistan called for sincere cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, amid a deepening row between the neighbours over the violence.
Foreign Minister Abdullah defended intelligence that Afghanistan handed to Pakistan last month about Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants on its soil who are said to be directing a bloody insurgency here.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the information, including that which said the Taliban's fugitive leader Omar had spent time in Pakistan, was outdated and "ridiculous".
In an interview with CNN at the weekend, he said President Hamid Karzai was "oblivious" to events in his own country and said the information was "nonsense".
"Even if the information is a bit old... It still means that a problem exists," Abdullah told reporters on Monday. The information which showed the presence of Mullah Omar or heads of Taliban itself is worthy."
"Afghanistan and Pakistan should have a sincere and honest cooperation in fighting terrorism and it should not be on and off," he said.
Musharraf also told CNN there was a "very, very deliberate attempt to malign Pakistan" by some Afghan agents.
Abdullah said it was "blindfolding reality" to say there were certain groups in Afghanistan "behind deteriorating relations" of the neighbours.
"Afghanistan has no intent to harm Pakistan's interests and of course hopes vice versa from Pakistan," he said.
First Published: Mar 07, 2006 12:00 IST