Karzai to visit Pakistan in quest for Taleban peace
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai is to hold key talks with Pakistan's newly elected government on Monday, searching for direct communication with Taleban insurgents to end 12 years of war.
It is Mr Karzai's first visit to Islamabad in 18 months and signals a desire by both countries to overcome distrust and hostility as 87,000 Nato combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next year.
Elements of the Pakistan state are widely accused of funding, controlling and sheltering the Taleban, but Islamabad says publicly it will do anything to stop the fighting in Afghanistan.
Mr Karzai was furious when the Taleban opened a liaison office in Qatar in June, billed as a precursor to talks with US officials but perceived as a self-styled embassy for a government in waiting.