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Monday, April 11, 2011

President Zardari wants Afghan war to end soon

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has said the war in Afghanistan was destabilising Pakistan and seriously undermining efforts to restore its democratic institutions and economic progress.

In an interview with the British daily The Guardian published yesterday, he highlighted widespread concern in Pakistan at the slow pace of efforts to end the Afghan conflict and said some US politicians showed limited understanding of the impact of American policies.

"Just as the Mexican drug war on US borders makes a difference to Texas and American society, we are talking about a war on our border which is obviously having a huge effect," the president said.

Reacting to a White House report that claimed Pakistan had no "clear path" to defeat militants, Zardari said some members of Congress and the US media did not know what they were talking about when it came to Pakistan.

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