[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Karzai seeks Pakistan's help during visit

Afghan leader asks neighbour to join effort to defeat fighters he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

Last Modified: 26 Aug 2013 18:23
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

Karzai made the appeal during a meeting with Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan prime minister, during his one-day visit to Islamabad on Monday.

Sharif took office in early June after winning elections in May.

Both leaders spoke briefly to the media after their meeting.

Karzai said the two countries should launch a joint campaign against "the menace of terrorism" afflicting both nations and thanked Sharif for inviting him.

For his part, Sharif said constructive dialogue was essential for improving ties between the neighbours. 

The two leaders have agreed to expand trade, with Pakistan offering to help with the widening of the road connecting Torkham to Jalalabad across the border.

Pakistan also offered to construct rail links from Torkham to Jalalabad and from Chaman to Spin Boldak.

Serious differences

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said while there was progress, there were serious differences between both sides. 

Karzai's visit comes after a failed attempt in June to start peace talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha.

Our complete Afghanistan coverage

The group has refused to negotiate with Karzai's government so far, accusing it of being a puppet of the US.

Karzai's government sees Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, which has strong ties to the group, as the main reason for increased violence across Afghanistan.

Some elements of Pakistan's intelligence service have long been accused of supporting the Afghan Taliban and giving its fighters refuge on Pakistani territory, a claim denied strongly by Pakistan.

Relations between Karzai and the Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had appeared to improve at a summit hosted by Britain in February, but have since being affected badly due to a series of public disputes

Last month, Karim Khorram, Karzai's chief of staff, claimed that the opening of the Doha office of the Taliban was part of a conspiracy to break up Afghanistan, coordinated by either Pakistan or the US.

332

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
President Poroshenko arrives in Washington on Thursday with money and military aid on his mind, analysts say.
Early players in private medicine often focused on volume over quality, turning many Chinese off for-profit care.
Al Jazeera asked people across Scotland what they think about the prospect of splitting from the United Kingdom.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
join our mailing list