Pakistani premier to visit Kabul for talks on security
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is to fly to Kabul Saturday for a one-day visit to discuss security issues, including the situation on the Pakistan-Afghan border, a Pakistani official said Friday, DPA reported.
Gilani would be accompanied by the army's chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani; the head of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, General Shuja Pasha; and Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
The possibility of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government was also expected to be discussed, the official at Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have had strained relations since President Hamid Karzai took office after the US-led 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. The Afghan government has repeatedly blamed "elements" within Pakistan's ISI for supporting the Taliban insurgency.
However, since civilian President Asif Ali Zardari replaced military strongman Pervez Mushrraf in 2008, diplomatic contacts between the two countries have improved.