ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Friday said that Pakistan wanted the United States to have responsible exit from Afghanistan to keep regional peace and stability.

In an interview to a private television channel, Hina said Pakistan’s role is to assist the Afghan government in achieving its objectives and responsible transition and exit of US is possible through process of reconciliation. The minister said Pakistan and US have been building a common strategy with the aim of security and stability in Afghanistan and elimination of terrorism. She said there is a sea change in the narrative between Pakistan and Afghanistan after the visit of High Peace Council led by Salahuddin Rabbani. She said during her talks with the Afghan Foreign Minister, they agreed to hold a conference of Pakistani and Afghan ulema by the end of January 2013, release of prisoners and to move forward on the issue of talks with Taliban.

She said the two sides want that all elements which use violence to prove their strength utilise political means to achieve their goals. In Islam there is no acceptability for suicide attacks and violence should be rejected, she remarked.

The minister said Pakistan has immense soft power in Afghanistan and there is no problem in relations between people of the two countries. There is a need to streamline Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement and enhance economic cooperation, regional connectivity and institutional links between militaries and intelligence agencies of the two countries, she added.

She said the executive arm of the government led by President and Prime Minister formulates policy on foreign relations and military and intelligence agencies support this policy.

The Army has certainly an input on matters of security and border management, she added.

To a question, Khar said Pakistan and United States have an ongoing intensive dialogue on drone attacks and hopefully it will lead to results. “We always took the position that drone attacks are illegal and counterproductive and a hurdle in winning hearts and minds of people.”

She said Pakistan always pursues relations with US which are based on principles of sovereign equality and common interests. “Pivot of our foreign policy is to have good relations with neighbours through use of regional mechanisms.”

About India-Afghanistan relations, Khar said if these relations are not against in the interest of Pakistan, it has no objections. She said all countries in the region including Russia, Iran, Central Asian Republics and Turkey are committed to peace and stability and they are against bases for terrorism and want end of narco trafficking.

To a question about India-Pakistan relations, she underscored the importance of a conducive environment to promote dialogue between the two neighbours. “After Mumbai incident, there was a difficult situation and we decided to build trust with India and normalised trade relations as a confidence building measure.”

“Both the countries assisted each other in vote for non-permanent membership of UN Security Council. We are trying our best to improve relations with India, which helped Pakistan in getting market access in EU,” she observed.

To a question, the minister said Kashmir issue could not be resolved militarily and with hate and animosity in last 60 years and both countries need to start with less divisive issues. She said Indian Prime Minister should come to Pakistan and he has expressed his desire to undertake the visit.

Hina said Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence and cooperation to extend relations with other countries. She said that Pakistan has been enjoying good relations with Obama administration on the basis of mutual interest and respect.

She said that Parliament gave decision to open the NATO supply lines after Salala incident.

Replying to a question, she said mainstay of Pakistan's foreign policy is regional cooperation and Pakistan believes in improving its relations with all regional countries.

She said that Pakistan wants peaceful, prosperous and stable Afghanistan to promote regional peace and stability.

Replying to another question, she said Pakistan wants to improve bilateral relations with India and wants to resolve all its conflicts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

She said that first ever in history, our government expanded trade relations with India to reduce hostility between the two neighbouring countries.

She pointed out that Pakistan has always used diplomacy to highlight the Kashmir issue and resolve it through dialogue and negotiations.

She said that Pakistan is against any type of terrorism and insurgency in other countries and "we always condemned the non-State actors in any part of the world."

She said that Pakistan is also looking for long-term relations with Bangladesh.

She pointed out that D-8 conference improved Pakistan's image in front of the civilised world as heads of state and government participated in the Summit.

She said that all D-8 member countries need to improve more relations in the fields of trade and business like European Union (EU) and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Replying to another question, she said that Foreign Ministry has played advisory role in foreign policy and the government took decisions through Parliament.