Afghanistan president talks Taliban with Pakistan

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Hamid Karzai
Hamid Karzai, the 12th and current President of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, is trying to keep the peace in his country, where the Afghan Taliban create military violence. Some elements of Pakistan’s intelligence service have been accused of helping the Afghan Taliban, letting them seek shelter from justice on Pakistani soil.

The leader of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was recently re-elected,  and has expressed interest in offering help to make Afghanistan. By reaching out to Sharif, Karzai hopes to mend fences between the two countries and find a solution together, especially since Pakistan officially denies sheltering the Taliban.

Karzai, after the talks with Sharif, expressed optimism that the two countries will fight against extremism and work towards “peace-building in Afghanistan with the expectation that the government of Pakistan will… help… the peace process.” Sharif, meanwhile, says, “I assured President Karzai that we will continue to extend all possible facilitation to the international community’s efforts for the realization of this noble goal.”

As for the Taliban? They refuse to talk with Karzai, viewing him as a puppet for the United States.