Afghan President Hamid Karzai travels to Pakistan Monday where he will meet with Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Mr. Karzai is expected to seek Pakistan’s help in arranging talks between Afghan negotiators and Taliban representatives.
Afghan leaders have long alleged that neighboring Pakistan shelters top Taliban commanders and that the country’s spy agency, ISI, helps the insurgents plan cross-border attacks on local and U.S.-led coalition forces. Pakistan denies the allegations.
Kabul’s ambassador in Islamabad (Mohammad Umer Daudzai) has said while Afghanistan and Pakistan have failed to make any progress in the “whole security department,” the two countries have strengthened ties in other areas.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman (Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry) says President Karzai’s visit is a symbol of how the leadership of both countries want to further improve relations.
Officials in Kabul say that in his talks with Pakistani leaders, President Karzai will also repeat his demand that Islamabad release all Afghan prisoners from its jails, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a former deputy commander of the Taliban.