Hamid Karzai asks Pakistan to set up talks with Taleban
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked Pakistan on Monday to help arrange peace talks between his government and Taleban insurgents, and called for a joint campaign against extremism in both countries.
Mr Karzai was visiting Islamabad to hold his first talks with newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, despite a series of public rows that have hampered efforts to end 12 years of war in Afghanistan.
Mr Kabul was infuriated by the opening in June of a Taleban office in Qatar, considered a precursor towards talks with US officials. He now wants Pakistan to help open dialogue with the militia, which has publicly refused all contact with his government.
Elements of the Pakistani state are widely accused of funding, controlling and sheltering the Taleban. Islamabad says publicly it will do anything to stop the fighting in Afghanistan.