Afghan president in Pakistan for talks on combatting militants
Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Pakistan Friday to discuss cross-border attacks by militants and options to increase military cooperation and intelligence exchange in the fight against Islamist extremists, DPA reported.
Also on Karzai's agenda is the issue of how to include reconcilable Taliban fighters in possible peace talks. The two sides will also exchange views on trade and the question of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
"President Karzai's visit will contribute to further enhancing friendship and close cooperative ties between the two brotherly peoples and countries," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Karzai is the first head of state to visit Pakistan since a covert US raid killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the town of Abbottabad on May 2.
The Afghan president, who is accompanied by the foreign minister, the army chief and other senior officials, is to meet with his counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as military leaders.