Karzai in India to discuss terrorism, Pakistan

January 11th, 2009 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived here Sunday on a two-day visit that will focus on counter-terror cooperation and stability in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. Karzai will discuss with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday security issues and the fight against terrorism.

The prime minister will share with Karzai the evidence that links Pakistan-based terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the Nov 26 Mumbai carnage. Karzai may share any information Afghan intelligence may have on the antecedents of LeT operatives and their possible links with the Taliban.

Karzai will discuss ways to further forge the existing relations between the two countries, “the latest situation in the region and fighting against terrorism”, a statement issued by the Afghan president’s office said.

The two sides will also discuss steps to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation and enhanced security for around 2,000 Indian workers involved in various reconstruction activities in Afghanistan. India has pledged $1.2 billion for socio-economic reconstruction of the violence-torn country.

Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta and National Security Adviser Zalmay Rasoul have accompanied Karzai on this trip to New Delhi.

Spanta will also meet External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday to discuss the developments in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Karzai came here a day after he met US vice-president-elect Joe Biden and discussed the implications of deploying another 30,000 US troops to reinforce NATO-led forces in the ongoing battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In an important policy shift, US president-elect Barack Obama plans to make restoration of stability in Afghanistan and ridding the country of Taliban-led violence the centrepiece of the incoming administration’s war against terror.

The India-educated Karzai came here in August 2008 in the aftermath of the bombing outside the Indian embassy in Kabul. India blamed Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for the embassy blast in which over 50 people, including two senior Indian diplomats, were killed.

Karzai is likely to inform Manmohan Singh about the latest developments in the probe into the July 7 attack on Indian embassy.

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