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Karzai abandons Taliban talks

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said his government will no longer hold peace talks with the Taliban but will instead focus on negotiations with Pakistan.

The move, which reverses Karzai’s long-held determination to talk with the Taliban, follows the assassination last week by a sucide bomber of former President Burhannudin Rabbani, who headed the High Peace Council.

Rabbani was killed by an envoy claiming to bring a letter from the Taliban to his Kabul home, proof says the Afghan interior minister of the involvement of Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service.

Its Afghan counterpart says it has handed Pakistan evidence of Taliban involvement in the killing, and that a fact-finding mission has left for the country.