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President sees no major crisis after withdrawal of Nato forces

28 November, 2012

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KABUL: President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday that there would be no major crisis in post-2014 Afghanistan, insisting that the country was on the road to progress and stability.

Addressing a conference on the future of Afghanistan's national industries , the president urged foreign and Afghan entrepreneurs to make use of the investment opportunities offered by his government.

He once again criticized Western media for painting a grossly negative picture of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014.

"The year 2014 is haunting our minds because the West is spreading propaganda about it.

The reason is obvious: the US and its allies are trying to promote their interests in security deals with Afghanistan. And we seek our own benefits," Karzai said.

Before his speech, the president inaugurated an exhibition showcasing a wide variety of Afghan-made products, including a domestically produced water-powered turbine. The quality of locally-manufactured products was better than the ones imported from neighbouring countries, he said, urging Afghans to purchase local goods.

While wooing foreign investors, Karzai rejected as baseless spooky predictions about the security situation after 2014. Through its powerful media and think-tanks, the West was trying to pressurise Afghanistan, which would protect its interest, he said.

The president referred to a November 14 survey of the Asia Foundation, which said more than 50 percent of Afghans, increasingly supporting the government's peace and reconciliation policy, think the country was moving in the right direction.

According to the poll, 52 percent of Afghans, compared with 46 percent in 2011, are optimistic about the country's future. Likewise, support for the reconciliation campaign remains high at 81 percent.

"We should try to find the facts. Without any doubt, our country is moving toward progress, prosperity and stability.

We should stop thinking about 2014," the president remarked.

Wafiullah Iftikhar, the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency chief, said investment in the country had increased by 20 percent to $553 million this year from $468m in 2011.

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Reader Comments:

Pakistan for peace

Pakistan will brace peace sans crisis. Pakistan wants peace with all and for all and peace will stay with Pakistan despite its most critically important geo location.

Pak military, Pak government and above all the Pak nation must be congratulated that they have kept the clouds of WW3 away even at the time when all mighty powers of the world tried to use Pak. This was very wisdom ridden and wisdom laden play by all Paks - military, government and the nation.

And Paks must stay safe and be on prosperity track again. The recent slow down in Indian economy and their rapid drying of almost all rivers will bring some parity in the region. I will call it their Jamnagar folly as India did not have propensity to expand their oil refining from 1.6 mbpd to 2.9 mbpd through president Bush rattling and building those two big twin refineries at Jamnagar. India just could not take the regional warming due to extra 1.3 mbpd refining. Due to that Paks got flooding of Indus as reward, but Pak glaciers are the world's six largest(outside arctic) and will never melt away even despite Jamnagar factor.

PAKS INSTEAD GOT EXTRA FLOOD WATER FOR ITS SOIL AND THAT IS DUE TO JAMNAGAR FACTOR.

WE ALL PRAY FOR STRONG, PROSPEROUS AND PEACE GIFTED PAKISTAN FOR OUR NATION, MILITARY AND THE GOVERNMENT. THANKS ALLAH, PAKS GOT NUKES NUKES TO MITIGATE ANY ILL INTENTIONS

A.M.Rogers, - 04 December, 2012

Paks are friends of all

Pakistan poses no threat to any country and its most important geo location demands peace in and around Pakistan. Thanks God Pak military, Pak government and Pak nation have all worked very hard tgether on peace reasons. Pakistan is even improving relations with born adversary India.

PAKS ARE FRIENDS OF ALL AND PAK MILITARY, THE GOVERNMENT AND MASSES HAVE PROVEN STRONG PROPENSITY FOR PEACE EVEN WHEN THE CLOUDS OF BIG WAR WERE OVERHEAD. NOW THOSE DANGER CLOUDS WILL BE OVER CAST AND AWAY.

PAKS LOVE PEACE AS THE MOST CRITICAL GIFT TO PAKS AND ALL MANKIND.

Anwar Mahmood, - 04 December, 2012

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