Anti-terror talks: Karzai to send top security aide to Islamabad

Published: June 22, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L). PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L). PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to send his top security adviser to Pakistan for follow-up discussions after meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special envoy in Kabul this week, a senior Afghan negotiator said on Saturday.

Karzai, who spoke to Prime Minister Nawaz by the phone on Thursday, said an Afghan delegation will visit Islamabad soon and hand over a special letter which “contains all proposals from the Afghan side”.

Qazi Amin Waqad, a senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council, said Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Rangeen Dadfar Spanta will lead the delegation. “We have been informed that a high-level delegation will visit Islamabad under the leadership of Dr Spanta,” Waqad told The Express Tribune by phone from Kabul.

Premier Nawaz had sent Mehmood Khan Achakzai as his special envoy to “seek Afghanistan’s cooperation in eliminating terrorism,” the foreign ministry confirmed on Thursday after a two-day mysterious silence on the matter.

Karzai’s office says the president has assured Pakistan of his country’s cooperation and has stressed the need for a road-map to coordinate joint efforts to dismantle terrorists’ safe havens.

Waqad said peace council member Masoom Stanekzai, who survived an assassination attempt in Kabul on Saturday, and some other senior officials would accompany Dr Spanta. “We are happy that the two brotherly countries are talking on important issues,” he said, adding that Achakzai’s visit was ‘very important’.

No date has yet been decided for Spanta’s visit and both sides are discussing a possible date.

According to some Afghan sources, the delegation could call for Islamabad’s active role in the peace process and seek the extradition of Afghan Taliban leaders who Kabul claims are living in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2014.

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  • Khi2Kbl
    Jun 22, 2014 - 11:02AM

    Congratulations to all neighboring countries near & far who wish an end to the extremism which has effected mutual peace and friendly relationship. I commend Mr. Karzai for his suitable response to Pak premier, who is trying hard to be work this out.

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  • Feroz
    Jun 22, 2014 - 11:39AM

    Exchange of snakes hiding in each others territory could be the starting point for a turnaround in the relationship. Will the Establishment agree to give up their assets and bury the strategic depth policy ?

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  • Wali
    Jun 22, 2014 - 1:26PM

    All this cooperation seeme to be a bit late…. a meanigngul cooperation/action would have only been possible if it had been done at the outset of this operation… not a week after the start of the intense action.

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 22, 2014 - 7:14PM

    hand over a special letter which “contains all proposals from the Afghan side”.
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    I suspect that “special letter” will have a number of demands including 1) arresting and extradition of Quetta Shura 2) attacking Haqqani and closing down sanctuary/infrastructure 3) turning over all Afghan Taliban prisoners and 4) compensation for damage to Afghanistan 12+ years of providing sanctuary to terrorist attempting to overthrow elected govt. Karsai must relish a chance to finally get some “payback’.

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  • iHate
    Jun 22, 2014 - 11:40PM

    @unbelievable: This is so reeking with Indian “dividers” & “conquerors”, ….compensation for 12 year… I didn’t have to read further. You guys are unbelievable, aren’t ya?

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  • Jun 22, 2014 - 11:52PM

    Check mate.

    So, basically Afghanistan is saying arrest or kill Haqqanis, Hekmatyars, etc., we will kill a few top people from TTP.

    Reciprocity is a beautiful thing.

    Assuming this works out well, Pakistan still has to fight Radicalism within its borders. It cannot Bomb Karachi or Lahore. At least Afghanistan will be much better off.

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