Taliban talks likely on Karzai agenda in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai is headed to
Pakistan today -- and Islamabad's role in any peace effort aimed at the Taliban is likely to be high on the list of topics.

Pakistan has made it clear it wants a part in so-called "reconciliation" efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan
government. But many Afghans resent Pakistan's involvement in their
affairs and question its true motives.

Still, Pakistan's history of links to the Afghan Taliban could
make Islamabad an indispensable player.

In recent weeks, Pakistan also has reportedly arrested several
Afghan Taliban leaders who were hiding on its soil.

Pakistan has long tried to influence Kabul so that it can have
an ally in the region and strengthen its position concerning its
longtime rival, India. New Delhi is also trying to build suppport
among Afghans.


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