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Pakistan cautions Kabul on Taliban peace hopes
Pakistan says 'preposterous' to expect Islamabad can deliver Taliban leader for peace talks
By The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' Pakistan's foreign minister has cautioned Afghanistan that it would be "preposterous" to expect Islamabad to deliver Taliban leader Mullah Omar for peace talks.

Hina Rabbani Khar spoke Friday after talks between the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan about what Islamabad could do to help the peace process.

Pakistan is seen as key because many of the Taliban's leaders, including Omar, are believed to be based on its territory.



Khar says Afghanistan has not explained how exactly Kabul wants Islamabad to help. Her remarks suggest little progress had been made in the meetings in the Pakistani capital.

She said that if Kabul has "unrealistic, almost ridiculous expectations," then there is no "common ground to begin with."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' The Afghan president says "impediments" in ties between Kabul and Islamabad must soon be removed so that progress can be made in peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

Hamid Karzai says the two countries need to resolve these problems "sooner rather than later." He did not elaborate.

Karzai spoke Friday after talks with Pakistan's civilian and military leaders aimed at trying to secure their cooperation in bringing Afghan Taliban leaders ' who are believed to be in Pakistan ' to the negotiating table.

The U.S. is backing talks with the Taliban, but mistrust on all sides is hampering the process.

Karzai gave little indication of progress, saying all sides still need to formulate a policy and "actually act upon it."


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