'Military ties with US restored'

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    Pakistan and the United States have restored full military and intelligence ties after relations hit a low point last year, and Islamabad will take further steps to support a nascent Afghan peace process, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Wednesday. Full co-operation between Islamabad and Washington is critical to US efforts to stabilise Afghanistan before most Nato combat troops withdraw by 2014.

    "There was a fairly difficult patch and I think we've moved away from that into a positive trajectory," Foreign Minister told Reuters in an interview, referring to Pakistani-US relations. "We are coming closer to developing what could be common positions. We wish to see a responsible transition in Afghanistan." Relations between the uneasy allies were severely strained by a series of incidents in 2011. The crisis in ties began when a CIA contractor shot dead two men he suspected of trying to rob him in the city of Lahore.

    Months later, US special forces killed Osama bin Laden in a raid and kept the Pakistan military in the dark, humiliating the country's most powerful institution. Now, Khar said, relations were fully repaired, including military and intelligence contacts. "We are having very useful, deep conversations with the US," she said, as the two countries try to find common ground on Afghanistan ahead of the scheduled 2014 pullout.

    Khar said Islamabad was willing to take further steps but would not say whether that would include releasing senior Afghan Taliban figures, like the former second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. "I think it is important that we have intensive engagement on what needs to be done," she said.

    During a recent visit to Pakistan by members of the Afghan High Peace Council, Pakistan agreed to release some prisoners, although not Baradar, and to provide safe passage for those wishing to enter talks, Khar said. Pakistan would also encourage Afghan insurgents to enter into direct talks with President Hamid Karzai's government. So far, there have been only contacts.

    "For us in Pakistan today, the most important capital in the world is Kabul," said Khar, because instability there could spill over into Pakistan, and fuel its own Taliban insurgency. She said the Afghan and Pakistan governments were discussing ways to strengthen military co-operation.

    CLOSER TIES WITH INDIA In addition to improving ties with Afghanistan, Khar said Pakistan also wanted to pursue closer ties with India. "The Pakistani leadership has shown a great willingness to move forward, sometimes at the cost of losing some political capital, because sometimes improving ties with India might not be the most popular thing to do," said Khar.

    That should be an opportunity for the two countries to put the attack behind them and move forward, said Khar. Their warming relations recently resulted in an agreement easing trade and travel restrictions. "We are clear that we want Pakistani-India relations to move forward swiftly," she said.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    This restoring of ties is like a video game.

    Its flits from side to side and you can never keep up! ;)
     
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    US and Pakistan never stopped military ties even during the blockade of khyber pass
    overhead flights still continued.
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Do these words mean anything?
    Who is supposed to be responsible for what here?

    Mumbai attack?:wat:
     

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