New Delhi: Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that it was difficult for his country to maintain a balance in relations with the two, saying that the icy relationship between India and Pakistan had a huge impact on Afghanistan. neighbors.
Pakistan’s impact on Afghanistan is “far greater” than any other country, and Kabul must let Islamabad know that close ties to New Delhi will have no impact on their relations, Karzai said in a statement. a session at Raisina’s Dialogue here.
“India is Afghanistan’s greatest friend. India has made a huge contribution to Afghanistan, but the impact Pakistan can have in Afghanistan is far greater than any other country,” said the former Afghan President.
He said that the “unhappy state of relations” between India and Pakistan has had a huge impact on Afghanistan.
“We want to be India’s best friends and the Afghans have proven to be India’s best friends, but we will say to Pakistan that our friendship with India will not prevent us from being the best brothers and friends from Pakistan. transmitting this task is very difficult, but we have to manage it, “he said.
“We have two feelings for Pakistan – when we became refugees in Pakistan after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Pakistani people welcomed us with open arms … On the other hand, we have serious complaints against the Pakistani government and their military institutions for their interference in Afghanistan, the promotion of extremism, and all that, “said Karzai.
Speaking of the peace process in his war-torn country, he said there was no other way for Afghanistan. He needs the peace process to succeed, he added.