Pak-Afghan relations: Zardari, Karzai to mull cross-border raids

Issues particularly negotiated settlement of Afghan endgame will also be deliberated.

Express July 18, 2011


Cross-border violations by armed Afghan groups will come under discussion when President Asif Ali Zardari meets his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Tuesday, officials told The Express Tribune.

Other issues particularly the negotiated settlement of the Afghan endgame will also be deliberated by the two leaders.

Though the stated purpose of President Zardari’s visit is to offer condolences to President Karzai on the death of his younger half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai, both leaders will use this meeting as an opportunity to talk about key issues.

Earlier, after receiving the news about the killing of Wali Karzai in Kandahar by his security guard, Zardari telephoned Karzai to offer his condolences.

The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan have begun working more closely together to bring about a peaceful settlement to the ten-year-long war in Afghanistan, in anticipation of the US troop withdrawal by 2014.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2011.


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