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Pak told to do more against terror

Afghanistan's national security adviser has called on the Pakistani government to "take serious measures" against Islamist groups launching attacks on Afghan targets from secure havens inside Pakistan.

world Updated: Jul 07, 2010 00:51 IST

Afghanistan's national security adviser has called on the Pakistani government to "take serious measures" against Islamist groups launching attacks on Afghan targets from secure havens inside Pakistan.

Rangin Dadfar Spanta spoke in an interview a week after report said Afghan President Hamid Karzai had met the man who runs the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in talks mediated by Pakistan.

Spanta's comments signal an about-turn by the Afghan government after months of overtures to Islamabad in efforts to prompt Pakistan to deal with militant groups, including Al Qaeda and the Taliban based along Afghan border.

Spanta said that Afghanistan had "tremendous evidence" that Pakistani authorities allowed Al Qaeda and other terror organisations to operate on the country's soil and had presented it to Islamabad "many times".