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Pakistan and Afghanishtan to cooperate against extremism

Afghanistan's President Karzai walks with Pakistan's Prime Minister GilaniKABUL: The talks between the Afghan president and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani concluded that Afghanistan and Pakistan will work more closely to combat extremism,says Hamid Karzai’s office.

A statement from Karzai’s office said that the pair spoke by telephone on Tuesday evening and discussed areas where the two neighbours could cooperate more, including on economic ties.

The statement also added “Both sides emphasised more cooperation and coordination between security institutions of the two countries in the war against terrorism,”

Karzai also invited Gilani to come to Afghanistan on an official visit for further talks, which The Pakistani prime minister accepted the Karzai’s invitation to Afghanistan on an official visit for further talks.

The pledge comes amid continued unrest in Afghanistan, where more than 150,000 foreign troops are battling Taliban insurgents whose leadership is widely believed to be based across the border in the tribal areas of Pakistan.US President Barack Obama, in a speech in the Indian city of Mumbai last weekend, said that

Islamabad was making progress on tackling what he called the “cancer” of extremism but it was not happening quickly enough.

Former US president George W. Bush, in his new memoirs, also said that Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf “either would not or could not fulfill all of his promises” on targeting Al-Qaeda militants crossing over the porous border with Afghanistan.

He blamed elements in the Pakistani intelligence services for maintaining close ties with militants and others who wanted an “insurance policy” in case of a US withdrawal and any attempt by India to gain influence in Afghanistan.

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