Kabul: Afghanistan`s government on Monday
angrily dismissed as baseless a media report that President
Hamid Karzai had met face-to-face with a notorious
al Qaeda-linked Taliban leader in Kabul.
Karzai`s spokesman said the report on Al-Jazeera
television yesterday was part of conspiracy to undermine a
government-initiated peace plan aimed at ending almost nine
years of war.
Al-Jazeera said Karzai had met with Sirajuddin Haqqani,
who heads the notorious al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, at
his palace in the Afghan capital as a prelude to peace talks.
"The report is totally baseless, it is a lie and there is
no truth in it," Karzai`s spokesman Waheed Omar told
The report "was a source of some concern for us because
we believe there is a connected chain of irresponsible rumours
about the government of Afghanistan," he said.
"We believe this is part of the same campaign to
undermine the peace process and undermine the process that we
are going to start very soon," he said, referring to plans by
Karzai to hold talks with Taliban.
He said Karzai`s government had "pre-conditions for any
peace talks" with insurgents. Haqqani is regarded as one of
the most brutal militant leaders in the troubled region.
"The government will never compromise those conditions,"