Holbrooke urges joint Pak-Afghan efforts to ensure Afghanistan’s stability


US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke on Friday said both Pakistan and Afghanistan will have to work together to ensure stability in Afghanistan.
Participating in a special roundtable with national and international radio networks here, Holbrooke acknowledged that Pakistan has an important and legitimate role in Afghanistan.
To a question, Holbrooke said it was not in the interest of Afghanistan, Pakistan or the region that the Taliban take over in Kabul. He said it was difficult to predict the outcome of Afghan parliamentary elections being held on Saturday as there were about ten candidates against each seat and they were not organized in political parties.
Commenting on remarks attributed to him by a section of the press that government of Pakistan was on board on the issue of drone attacks, Holbrooke said he was misquoted.
He, however, pointed out that there existed a common threat from the militants in the border region who were killing Americans in Afghanistan and also people in Pakistan.
He said they were also trying to provoke conflict between Pakistan and India and thus presented a threat to the region and beyond. He said such threat could not be ignored.
Referring to the flood situation in Pakistan, the US Special Envoy said Washington was leading in the relief phase and it would continue to lead in the early recovery phase as well.
He said the United States immediately responded to the unfolding tragedy in Pakistan and moved helicopters from Afghanistan and currently 30 helicopters were engaged in relief activities.
He said the United States was providing aid worth 300 million dollars to help tackle the flood situation in Pakistan.
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