Afghans back Pakistan's plan of talks with Taliban

Afghanistan backs Islamabad's plan to hold talks with the Pakistani Taliban.

Afghans back Pakistan's plan of talks with Taliban

Afghanistan backs Islamabad's plan to hold talks with the Pakistani Taliban, the government said on Saturday, but urged its neighbour not to allow the fighters space to regroup and launch raids across the border.

Pakistan's new coalition government has said it wants to open talks with the Taliban in a bid to break with the policies of President Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf's support for the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and its campaign against the fighters is deeply unpopular, particularly among the Pashtun tribes who straddle the border.

Baitullah Mehsud, a leader of the Pakistani Taliban, pulled out of a peace deal with Islamabad last week after it refused to withdraw the army from tribal lands.

Mehsud has been accused of a wave of suicide attacks that have rocked Pakistan since mid-2007, including one that killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December.

Pakistan has yet to comment on Mehsud's move.

Reuters
Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2008, 11:14
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