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Pak trying to get Karzai, Haqqani together

Pakistan is trying to mediate for a rapprochement between Afghanistan’s dreaded Haqqani network and the Hamid Karzai government, in an apparent effort to have a major say in the country’s set up after the American troops withdraw in 2011.

world Updated: Jun 17, 2010 03:25 IST

Pakistan is trying to mediate for a rapprochement between Afghanistan’s dreaded Haqqani network and the Hamid Karzai government, in an apparent effort to have a major say in the country’s set up after the American troops withdraw in 2011.

Pakistan has entered the reconciliation process in Afghanistan by taking on the task of acting as a bridge between the network of militant commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and the government in Kabul.

“Preliminary contacts have been established with Haqqani and other leaders of his group through intermediaries in a bid to engineer a rapprochement with the Karzai administration,” an unnamed senior Pakistani security official was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.