Mush, Karzai to meet in Turkey

In an effort to resolve the differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan, both of whom have criticised each other publicly, Turkey has arranged a meeting between the two nations in Istanbul on April 29.

Mush, Karzai to meet in Turkey

Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai will meet in Istanbul in an attempt to resolve their differences, according to a report in the daily Dawn on Monday, quoting Pakistan officials.

The Turkish initiative appears to have the backing of the United States, said the report.

The meeting would take place amidst the backdrop of the public spate between Karzai and Musharraf.

While Karzai criticised Pakistan's inaction for the growing Taliban strikes in Afghanistan, Musharraf in his remarks at a military conference a few days ago threatened to quit the international coalition against terrorism if its partners continued to accuse Islamabad of dragging its feet.

"If we are bluffing each other, if I am bluffing and if Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is bluffing, then we must be out of the coalition," Musharraf said.

He warned that if the blame game continued, it would be impossible to defeat terrorism and extremism, particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"The first sign of defeat is to blame each other," he said.

"We have suffered the maximum and we have contributed the maximum. Therefore, we will not accept that Pakistan is not doing enough in the war against terror,” said the president said, adding, "It pains me when people say that Pakistan is not doing enough."

The Times of India

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