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Exclusive interview with Pakistan expert on Bonn meeting

12-05-2011 13:50 BJT

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Pakistan plays a key role in the future of Afghanistan. But it is boycotting the Bonn conference, in protest against a recent NATO attack. In an exclusive interview with CCTV, the director general of Pakistan's Institute for Policy Studies Khalid Rahman says that without Pakistan, it will be hard for the parties at the Bonn conference to make constructive decisions.

Pakistan, which has always in the forefront of fighting the Taliban, is viewed as the most important party to solve the Afghanistan problems.

It is crucial to helping to stabilize the region before foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Khalid Rahman, director general of Institute for Policy Studies, said: "Pakistan has certainly a role to play in that (Afghanistan problem), because of its links, geographical, historical, religious, people-to-people, and economics. So many links are there."

The German Foreign Ministry is expected to inform Pakistan about the progress of the conference, but Rahman believes that without Pakistan, it will be very hard for other nations to make constructive decisions at the meeting.

Pakistan announced last Tuesday that it would not attend the Bonn Conference, as protest against the NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and wounded 13 others on November 26th.

Rahman said Pakistan’s attendance in the Bonn meeting would send the wrong message.

Khalid Rahman said: "The participation of Pakistan in the conference, will be taken as if Pakistan is ready to accept all kinds of attacks from the Americans while Pakistan cannot do that."

The Pakistani government also ordered the US to vacate its air base in the Shamsi area within 15 days.

More steps could be taken by Pakistan as it has threatened to reconsider the overall arrangement with the US and NATO in the fight against terrorism.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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