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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government needs to see Pakistan make “tangible progress” on pledges to use its influence to help end the Taliban insurgency, a foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday.
Already tense Afghan-Pakistani relations have been further degraded in recent weeks as U.S. and Afghan officials have publicly blamed the Pakistani government for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan following a string of high-profile attacks.
“Afghanistan has invested a great amount of goodwill and political capital to create an atmosphere of trust and confidence and to try to improve relations with Pakistan over the past three years,” the spokesman, Janan Mosazai, told reporters in Kabul.
“Unfortunately, we have not been witness to the type of concrete progress that we were expecting — that was promised to us by our brothers and sisters in Pakistan,” he added.
“When it comes to specific examples of tangible progress that we would like to see, it is facilitation of direct negotiations with the Taliban leadership and with any other insurgent leaders who are prepared to join the Afghan national reconciliation process,” Mosazai said.
Mosazai said an Afghan delegation would travel to Pakistan to discuss the peace process and the allegations that Pakistan had a role in the recent assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani. He originally said the delegation might leave as early as Sunday but later said it was unclear how soon they would depart.
A statement on Sunday from Karzai’s office said a special commission investigating Rabbani’s death had concluded the attack was planned in Quetta, the Pakistani city where key Taliban leaders are based. The delegation also said the primary assailant was a Pakistani citizen.
The commission told Karzai it had already passed the evidence on the Pakistani authorities along with names, addresses and phone numbers of people in Pakistan involved in plotting the assassinations. The statement said the commission expects the Pakistani government to make the necessary arrests.
Pakistani analysts said the breakdown in relations between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. has dire implications for any potential peace settlement with the Taliban, which all sides have said is the only sustainable way to end the Afghan war.
“I don’t think anyone is in the mood for talks right now,” said Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist who has written extensively on the region.
Rashid said he thought Karzai was playing to the American gallery because the mood in the Obama administration and Congress was allegedly anti-Pakistani. The only potential for the reconciliation process to move forward would be an improvement in U.S.-Pakistan relations, something that doesn’t seem likely in the near future, said Rashid.
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