Pak-Afghan leaders meets in Turkey to resolve tensions
By Sadaf Shinwari - Sun Dec 09, 2:55 pm
The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold talks in Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday in a bid to resolve a row after Kabul claimed an attack against its spy chief was planned in Pakistan, an official said.
This comes as a suicide bomber on Thursday attempted to assassinate Afghan Intelligence Chief Asadullah Khalid in capital. The suicide bomber who met Asadullah Khalid had introduced himself as Taliban peace envoy.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Saturday said bigger hands were involved behind the attack which was apparently claimed by the Taliban group.
“We will be seeking a lot of clarifications from Pakistan because we know that this man who came in the name of a guest to meet with Asadullah Khan Khalid came from Pakistan,” Mr. Karzai said at a news conference at the presidential palace here. “We know that for a fact, it is clear.”
However Pakistan on Saturday dismissed allegations leveled by the Afghan government regarding the terrorist attack on its intelligence chief in Kabul.
The foreign office, in a statement issued in response to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s statement, urged Kabul to share evidence before leveling any charges.
“Before leveling charges, the Afghan Government would do well if they shared information or evidence with the government of Pakistan that they might have with regard to the cowardly attack on the head of NDS,” the FO statement said.
“They would also do well by ordering an investigation into any lapses in the security arrangements around the NDS chief.”
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari and Karzai will discuss “means of strengthening bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially at the security level,” a high-ranking Turkish diplomat told AFP Sunday.
The summit in Ankara will be the sixth in Turkey, a NATO member, since the regular consultation mechanism was established in 2007 to encourage both countries to cooperate against extremism.