Zardari Invites President Karzai to Islamabad
Afghanistan, Kabul, 8 September / Trend corr. A.Hakimi / Pakistan's president-elect Asif Ali Zardari has invited his Afghan counterpart to attend his oath-taking ceremony.
President Hamid Karzai called Zardari to congratulate him on his victory in the presidential poll Saturday, Karzai's office said in a statement.
'The Pakistani president invited Karzai to talke part in the oath-taking ceremony to be held in Islamabad soon,' the statement said, adding that Karzai accepted the invitation.
Zardari, the widower of the slain former premier Benazir Bhutto and her successor as chief of the Pakistan People's Party, was chosen by the electoral college of lawmakers to succeed Pervez Musharraf.
Karzaii and Musharraf had uneasy relations over the Afghan government accusation that Pakistan was not doing enough to stop cross-border infiltrations by militants, an assertion Islamabad vehemently denied.
Karzai, who is said to have had good relations with Benazir Bhutto, expressed hope that relations between the two Islamic countries would improve, the statement said.
Thousands of Taliban and their al-Qaeda associates fled Afghanistan in the wake of US military invasion in late 2001, and allegedly regrouped in Pakistan's tribal area, close to the Afghani border.
The Afghan government and NATO military officials have accused the Taliban militants of crossing the porous border and staging attacks before fleeing back to sanctuaries in Pakistan.