Let’s see. Afghanistan’s Constitution already enshrines Islamic law as the highest law of the land. Pakistan has already allowed for Sharia in the Swat valley. And Gul’s party in Turkey is a known foe of that country’s secular government. So evidently these three are pledging to fight against Sharia supremacists on the one hand while giving them what they want peacefully on the other.
“Terrorism: Gul, Karzai, Zardari Pledge Military Cooperation,” from ANSAmed, April 1 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – ANKARA, APRIL 1 – Army chiefs and intelligence officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan, led by their presidents, pledged military cooperation against Islamist extremists in Turkish-sponsored talks in Ankara on Wednesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai met his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, in a trilateral meeting hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul at Cankaya Palace in the Turkish capital. Gul, who chaired the summit, told a joint press conference that the participation of the respective chiefs of staff, land forces commanders and senior intelligence officials was “the most important” element of the talks, the third of their kind since 2007. A joint declaration said the representatives of the three countries agreed to continue contacts “in functional and comprehensive formats on various levels.” Military and intelligence officials will meet once a year as part of delegations led by foreign ministers, it added. (ANSAmed).