Afghanistan may talk Taliban peace without Pakistan


US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai shake hands at the end of their press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, on March 25, 2013.


Jason Reed

For the first time Afghanistan implied on Wednesday that it may try and negotiate peace with insurgent forces without Pakistan, Reuters reported

"We here in Kabul are in a bit of a state of shock at once again being confronted by the depth of Pakistan's complacency, we are just very disappointed," Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin told Reuters

However, Pakistan has also criticized Afghanistan for undermining potential peace resolutions. 

On Wednesday, a report by Pakistan's intelligence agency alleged President Hamid Karzai’s government was supporting those with ties to the Islamist militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan movement (TTS).

The report claimed the "recent nexus of TTS with Afghan government is likely to enhance the terrorist activities," according to NBC.  

Then in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Abdel Karim Khurram - Karzai's chief of staff - said that last month's meeting with Pakistan and the UK "demonstrated the interfering but delusional tendency of some in Pakistan who choose to ignore Afghanistan's sovereignty...and continue to want control in Afghanistan through armed proxies."

On Sunday, Pakistan said Karzai had made reconciliation and stability efforts with insurgent forces difficult.  

"Right now, Karzai is the biggest impediment to the peace process," a top Pakistani Foreign Ministry official told Reuters. "In trying to look like a savior, he is taking Afghanistan straight to hell."

These diplomatic exchanges between the two governments come as Afghanistan's army, national police, NATO coalition and National Directorate of Security forces killed 52 members of the Taliban on Tuesday, according to CNN, citing Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior.