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Pak rejects Karzai’s charges of backing insurgency

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 20 May, (Asiantribune.com): Pakistan on Friday rejected allegations by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that it was training militants for violence and infiltrating them into Afghanistan.

Karzai blamed Pakistan on Thursday after some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan since the former Taliban regime was toppled in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. "There is no truth in this," Pakistani foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.

Mr. Karzai as saying Pakistani intelligence gives military training to people and then sends them to Afghanistan with logistics. Mr. Karzai also said Pakistan must realize that the influence it used to have over Kabul is a thing of the past.

Pakistan, which is battling Taliban and al Qaida-linked militants on its side of the border, has repeatedly denied that it helps the Taliban. On Thursday again, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman rejected Mr. Karzai's remarks as "false and baseless" and said Pakistan wants to see a stable Afghanistan.

But a senior U.S. security official said recently that Pakistan is not doing enough in the war on terrorism, and that militant sanctuaries on the Pakistani side of the border have to be dealt with.

Mr. Karzai also described fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar as a coward who is hiding in Pakistan and sending youths to kill Afghans.

The Afghan president also accused madrassas - Islamic schools in Pakistan of urging students to go to Afghanistan to burn schools and clinics.

"Pakistan is not providing training to insurgents and it is not sending them to Afghanistan," she said. Aslam said Islamabad, which played a key role in financing and training the Afghan warriors who defeated the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, now has no role in Afghanistan's internal affairs.

"If there is unrest in Afghanistan, Pakistan is not responsible," she said. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest," she added..

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