Saturday, October 8, 2011

Karzai demands more US Pressure on Pakistan


KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded more US pressure on Pakistan; the fresh demand was raised while he held talks with US regional envoy, Marc Grossman in Kabul 

“The Afghan president asked Grossman to put more pressure on Pakistan so that future meetings with them should bring a positive result,” one official at the presidential palace told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Kabul has already alleged that the murder of its peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani was hatched in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani. 

The palace quoted Grossman as promising that the United States will “continue putting pressure on Pakistan to take practical steps forward”. 

US embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall told AFP that Grossman was on a tour of the region to discuss preparations for international conferences on Afghanistan’s future in Istanbul and Bonn later this year.

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