Pakistan Says Karzai Working With Taliban

As Afghanistan says Pakistan is useless in peace process

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2013 8:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – The rift between Pakistan and Afghanistan appears to be growing. Pakistani intelligence yesterday accused Hamid Karzai's administration of working with Taliban groups allied with Pakistan's main Taliban faction, Tehrik-e-Taliban. In testimony before Pakistan's Supreme Court, the ISI said elements from Afghanistan were providing "strong support" for the Taliban, including money, logistics, and training, NBC News reports, and that the alliance with the Afghan government was "likely to enhance terrorist activities."

But meanwhile, Afghan officials tell Reuters that Pakistan has been so useless in the Afghan peace process that they've decided to push forward without their neighbor's help. "We here in Kabul are in a bit of a state of shock at once again being confronted by the depth of Pakistan's complacency," a deputy foreign minister says. "Pakistan is changing the goal post every time we reach understanding." He said the government would work with Taliban prisoners in the just-handed-over Bagram prison to help negotiate a peace deal.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry, Monday, March 25, 2013, at the presidential palace in Kabul.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry, Monday, March 25, 2013, at the presidential palace in Kabul.   (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)
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