Afghan President criticised timing of Hakimullah Mehsud's killing

2013-11-04 02:10:00 | Al Muslim News
Afghan President criticised timing of Hakimullah Mehsud's killing

 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the “unsuitable” timing of Tehreek-e-Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone attack and expressed hope it will not derail regional peace efforts. Karzai told a visiting US Congress delegation that the drone strike “took place at an unsuitable time but he hoped as a result the peace process is not harmed,” his office said in a statement. The US action against Mehsud also angered the Pakistani government, with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar accusing Washington of “scuttling” peace moves. Karzai has been seeking to open peace talks with the Afghan Taliban to end 12 years of war, but militants have refused to negotiate with the president’s appointees, dismissing him as a puppet of Washington. The Pakistan government has also been exploring peace moves with TTP, who are separate but linked to the Afghan group..

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