Pakistan should talk more with Afghanistan: Karzai

Hamid Karzai is urging Pak to open up communications and create a one-on-one relationship with neighboring Afghanistan.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 23:20 PM IST

Kabul: President Hamid Karzai is urging Pakistan to open up communications and create a one-on-one relationship with neighboring Afghanistan.

He said it`s needed regardless of Pakistan`s views about
its rival, India, or its rocky ties with the US.

Islamist insurgents use the border area to stage attacks in Afghanistan.

Karzai`s spoke Tuesday in interviews with Afghan television stations.

Relations cooled over Afghanistan`s signing of a
strategic partnership with India and because of Pakistan`s
anger at the United States, which backs the Karzai government.

Karzai also denied that he wants Afghanistan to become a
parliamentary system with a president and prime minister. That
counters rumors that he is seeking a way to stay in power,
perhaps as prime minister, beyond 2014, when he is required to
step down.

PTI