Kabul demands more US pressure on Pakistan

Kabul accused Islamabad of hindering the investigation and also claimed to have foiled an alleged plot in Pakistan to assassinate Karzai.

Kabul: The Kabul government on Saturday demanded
that Washington increase pressure on Pakistan to act against
insurgents using its soil to attack Afghanistan, saying
Afghans were running out of patience.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks with US regional
envoy, Marc Grossman, in Kabul just days after President
Barack Obama warned Pakistan there were "some connections"
between its intelligence services and extremists.

"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
a news agency on condition of anonymity.

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, long mired in
distrust, have recently deteriorated with Kabul alleging that
the murder of its peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani was hatched
in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani.

Kabul accused Islamabad of hindering the investigation and
also claimed to have foiled an alleged plot in Pakistan to
assassinate Karzai.

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

Karzai said further meetings with Pakistan "should bring
positive results, because after all these suicide attacks and
terrorism the people of Afghanistan are losing their
patience," added the statement.

US embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall told a news agency 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.

"That`s what he met President Karzai about this morning,"
Sundwall said.

Washington has stepped up calls on Islamabad in recent
weeks to break ties with the al Qaeda linked Haqqani network,
blamed for last month`s 19-hour siege on the US embassy in
Kabul.

PTI

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