Karzai hopes for better ties with Pakistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he hoped Pervez Musharraf's term as civilian leader of Pakistan would see "greater and more effective" cooperation against the extremism confronting both nations.
Musharraf began his civilian presidency Friday, two days after bowing to international pressure and stepping down as commander of the army.
Karzai, who has been at loggerheads with Musharraf over the Taliban and Al-Qaeda violence in Afghanistan, said in a statement he hoped the new term would see an improvement in ties between the neighbours.
He also hoped cooperation in the "war on terrorism and its subsequent challenges -- which is hampering a peaceful life, development and welfare for the people of both countries -- is greater and more effective."