Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said there is widespread concern in Pakistan over the slow pace of efforts toward ending the conflict in Afghanistan, which he said is destabilizing his country and undermining its efforts to restore its economic prosperity and democratic institutions.

“Just as the Mexican drug war on US borders makes a difference to Texas and American society, we are talking about a war on our border which is obviously having a huge effect. Only today a suicide bomber has attacked a police compound in Balochistan. I think it [the Afghan war] has an effect on the entire region, and specially our country,” the president told the Guardian.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.