Gratitude. “Afghanistan to back Pakistan if wars with U.S.: Karzai,” by Augustine Anthony for Reuters, October 22 (thanks to Evan):
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Afghanistan would support Pakistan in case of military conflict between Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to a private Pakistani TV channel broadcast on Saturday….
“God forbid, If ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan,” he said in the interview to Geo television.
“If Pakistan is attacked and if the people of Pakistan needs Afghanistan’s help, Afghanistan will be there with you.”…
Karzai said tensions between the United States and Pakistan did not have any impact in his country’s attitude toward Pakistan….
Afghans have long been suspicious of Pakistan’s intentions in their country and question its promise to help bring peace. Karzai repeated that concern in his remarks.
“Please brother, stop using all methods that hurt us and that are now hurting you.
“Let’s engage from a different platform, a platform in which the two brothers only progress toward a better future in peace and harmony,” he said….