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Pak is our twin brother, India a friend: Karzai

Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday praised the people of India for participating in the rebuilding process of Afghanistan, but also called Pakistan a twin brother of the battle-ridden country.

Pak is our twin brother, India a friend: Karzai

Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday praised the people of India for participating in the rebuilding process of Afghanistan, but also called Pakistan a twin brother of the battle-ridden country. "Pakistan is a twin brother of Afghanistan, India is a great friend," said Karzai.

"Thanks to the people of India for having participated in every aspect of our reconstruction," said the Afghan President.

"India has not said no to any Afghan request. When I asked the Prime Minister for more scholarships, he said 'yes'. When I asked AB Vajapee for more roads, he said 'yes'. Given all we wanted," he said.

"When you give 2000 scholarships it is strategic, when you build brand new road from south west to west, it brings massive changes to economic life," said the Afghan President.

But Karzai said that the terrorists are making the rebuilding process difficult.

"In the past 10 years, as we built schools the terrorists were burning them. As we built traditional societies and life to political life, terrorists from outside were killing our leaders. As we built mosques, our ulemas were being killed. As we trained teachers, they were intimidate, doctors were killed clinics destroyed. Hundreds of community leaders, soldiers and policemen were killed," said Karzai.

Karzai, however, emphasised on peace process to tackle the menace of terrorism.

"Afghanistan has not brought security to its people, peace. Nato and international community has also failed. Pakistan suffers more today than we in Afghanistan. On Tuesday 13 people killed in Quetta. From 2002 to 2005, I was vocal in condemning violent actives from across border. But when is saw Pakistan was beginning to suffer from terrorism and radicalism, I began to change my rhetoric. Since then, no government of Afghanistan has engaged as extensively as I and my government have, by launching a peace process with Taliban and by engaging with Pakistan. We have not received the result we want, what we wish," said Karzai.

But the Afghan President stressed that the peace process will continue.

"Peace process now will focus more on countries rather than on individuals we cannot find. Afghanistan is also negotiating with the US on strategic partnership and also with NATO and European Union (EU)," he said.

"By 2015, Afghanistan will be entirely responsible for its security. Afghanistan will be looking to its affairs on its own in cooperation with India, US, Iran, Saudi Arabia and our neighbours," Karzai said.

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