Pak has more stake in Afghan than India: Qureshi

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Washington, Mar 28: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has claimed that his country has more stakes in Afghanistan than India.

Speaking to PBS news channel, Qureshi said, "Obviously, their (India's) interests (in Afghanistan) cannot be the same as ours because we share a border."

When asked how he measures India's interest in Afghanistan, Qureshi said, "They (India) do not share a border (with Afghanistan). We have been impacted (by the events in Afghanistan). They (India) have not been impacted to that extent, because even today we have three million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan."

He further said, "Practically our economies are one. Culturally, linguistically, ethnically, there are commonalities which Afghanistan shares more with Pakistan than India."

When Asked about the relationship between ISI and Taliban in Afghanistan, Qureshi pointed out that Pakistani intelligence agency is no longer considered a friend of the outfit.

"The way the ISI has been operating, and the way the ISI is being targeted by Taliban is in front of you. Look at their casualties. Look at the number of people that have been injured in the last year-and-a-half directly -- you know, ISI operators," he added.

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