KABUL – Pakistan has assured Afghanistan of its support and cooperation in the war on terror after angry words between the neighbours over accusations Pakistan is not doing enough to stop Taliban violence.
The assurance comes as fears mount that Taliban fighters launching attacks from Pakistan will disrupt a September parliamentary election in Afghanistan.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday following a 15-minute conversation between the Pakistani leader and President George W. Bush.
“President Musharraf assured President Karzai of Pakistan’s continued support and cooperation in the fight against terrorism,” the Afghan government said in a release on Wednesday.
“Pakistan condemned the menace in all its forms and manifestations,” the Pakistani government said.
The presidents, both important U.S. allies in its war on terror, agreed to strengthen security cooperation, their governments said.
Afghan accusations that Taliban and other militants can launch attacks from the safety of Pakistan have been an irritant in relations since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
Insurgents have launched a wave of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months and hundreds of people, including militants, government and U.S. troops and civilians, have been killed in clashes, ambushes and blasts.