Kabul urges Pakistan:
Steps aginst terrorism
AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan urged neighbouring Pakistan to press ahead
Tuesday with efforts to eliminate militant hideouts, regardless of the
believed death of Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud.
Asked about Mehsud's reported death in a US drone attack, President
Hamid Karzai's spokesman said Pakistan should not relax efforts to stop
militants crossing the border, which Afghanistan calls the Durand Line.
The bottom line was that "the hideouts of those who are causing
unrest inside Afghanistan from... neighbouring countries, be
eliminated," Homayun Hamidzada told reporters.
This must be done "so destructive forces are not entering our country
through the Durand Line," he said.
Afghanistan does not accept the border with its neighbour, which was
drawn up by Britain in the 19th century and which Kabul says has robbed
the country of swathes of land.
"Wherever the enemies of Afghanistan are killed is good news but as I
said before, the main question is that the broad struggle against terror
with the support of the neighbours must proceed," Hamidzada said.
Pakistani and US officials believe Mehsud was killed last week but a top
Taliban commander insists he is alive.
The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in 1996 with the help of
Pakistan but was toppled in the 2001 US-led invasion that sent many of
their leaders fleeing across the border.
The extremists now orchestrate deadly attacks in Pakistan and
Afghanistan, where their insurgency against the Western-backed
government and foreign troops has now reached its deadliest.
Kabul, Wednesday, AFP