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Karzai in Pak to mend ties

Islamabad, Dec. 26 (Reuters): The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan vowed today to boost intelligence cooperation to meet the menace of terrorism that was destroying both countries, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf said.

Relations between Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have at times in recent years virtually broken down over Afghan complaints that Taliban insurgents operate from the Pakistani side of their common border.

But the two leaders appeared relaxed and amicable at a news conference after talks in Islamabad and they both referred to their countries as twins. Musharraf said Pakistanis and Afghans were suffering from extremism and terrorism.

“The key in fighting and enhancing the capability against terrorism and extremism is intelligence cooperation,” he said.

“The two intelligence agencies, on both sides, must cooperate more strongly if we are to deal with terrorists and extremists more effectively,” he said. Afghanistan is grappling with an intense Taliban insurgency while Pakistani forces are battling pro-Taliban militants in different parts of the northwest, near the Afghan border.

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