Pakistan has role in any talks with Taliban: Karzai

Published: December 6, 2011
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Karzai also condemns attack on a Shia Muslim shrine in central Kabul earlier on Tuesday that killed around 30 people.PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Karzai also condemns attack on a Shia Muslim shrine in central Kabul earlier on Tuesday that killed around 30 people.PHOTO: AFP/FILE

BERLIN: Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan peace process, including in any negotiations with the Taliban, and that is what Kabul is seeking, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Karzai also condemned an attack on a Shia Muslim shrine in central Kabul earlier on Tuesday that killed around 30 people.

“This is the first time on such an important religious day in Afghanistan that terrorism of that horrible nature is taking place,” Karzai said.

Earlier, Karzai had telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to reconsider Pakistan’s boycott of the Bonn conference over a deadly Nato strike.

In a special meeting in Lahore, the cabinet had agreed to boycott the conference on the Afghan endgame in protest of Nato’s attack in Mohmand Agency that killed 24 troops in the deadliest assault in a decade.

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  • Dec 6, 2011 - 4:29PM

    May be there is no value attached to Shia sentiments that is why no comments are posted.

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  • Reality bites
    Dec 6, 2011 - 4:42PM

    “Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan peace process, including in any negotiations with the Taliban, and that is what Kabul is seeking, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.”
    Can pakistan understand the real meaning of this statement ?

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  • Nasir
    Dec 6, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Let them try to install peace in Afghanistan without Pakistan.

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  • ashok sai
    Dec 6, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Which role Karzai indicating Pakistan to play a Hero, Comedian or the Villain, I presume the last one because of the past experience Afghanistan (Read – Backyard) had with Pakistan.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Dec 6, 2011 - 6:28PM

    The top leadership of Afghanistan has forgotten for having worked for elite intelligence agencies of Pakistan as their tout.We have done a lot for our Afghan brothers .Tea is hot tea is cold is no longer acceptable to us.Recommend

  • j. von hettlingen
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Hamid Karzai is very shrewd and wants to walk on a tight rope. He tries to maintain a good relationship with the U.S. and ingratiates himself with Pakistan at the same time, in order to reach out for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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  • antanu
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:10PM

    @ashok sai:
    Mr.Ashok Sai….comedy is a serious business….not possible for every Tom, Dick and Hary.

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  • Dec 6, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Oh.. so nice to see Indians cry. @VINOD, ashok & anatu

    btw we understand Karzai’s sweet double talk..Recommend

  • AN
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:16AM

    Leave us alone Mr. Karzai! We want no role in Afghanistan. Let us try this for a change.

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