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Pakistan to help Afghan reconciliation efforts with Taliban

Pakistan to help Afghan reconciliation efforts with Taliban
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has signed an agreement to help visitng Afghan President Hamid Karzai negotiate peace and reconciliation with the Taliban. NATO forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014, however the violence is not decreasing. The Tailban have so far refused to engage with Karzai, calling him a puppet of the U.S.

Speaking at a joint press conference in Islamabad on Monday, Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani Prime Minister, said: “I assured President Karzai that Pakistan will continue to extend all possible facilitation (regarding Taliban peace talks), to the international community’s efforts for the realisation of this noble goal. Pakistan would also help reinforce the regional efforts in support of stabilisation of Afghanistan.”

Karzai was upset when the Taliban opened political office in Doha in June. Last month, Karzi’s chief of staff, Karim Khorram, claimed it was part of a plot to break up Afghanistan planned by either Pakistan or the United States.

Involving Pakistan brings both complications and accusations. The United States accuses the Ganj madrasa, or Islamic school, in Peshawar with radicalising students to conduct terrorist and insurgent activities and training them to become bomb manufacturers and suicide bombers.

Donations collected for the school were said to have been directed to terrorist groups which used the money to fund the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

But students said teachers focused on religion, not militancy.