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Afghan President in India

New Delhi, Oct 4 (): Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived here to meet PM Dr Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and National Security advisor Shivasankar Menon. The visit assumes significance as Afghan has blamed Pakistan backed Taliban behind the killing of ex Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani ‘ Afghan also blamed ISI for its covert hand.

Karzai suspended all talks between US-Afghanistan-Pak and also said that he would not have anymore talks with Taliban. This is the third meeting between Karzai and Singh. Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to beware of “common enemies” as a war of words escalated between the two countries over allegations that ISI was involved in the assassination of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani. A day after he said Karzai had “some misunderstandings” over the killing of peace council leader Rabbani, Gilani said tonight that the Afghan President should join hands with Pakistan for durable peace in the region, Gilani said.

Some analysts in India predict that Karzai will elevate Pakistan’;s traditional foe India in stabilising his violence-torn country as he eyes a drawdown of US-led troops by 2014 after more than a decade of fighting. They argue that Karzai is losing patience with Pakistan, whom he accuses of funding militant groups, and is unable to count on the United States.”Karzai’s visit comes at a crucial juncture to endorse India’s involvement in Afghanistan,” Saeed Naqvi from the Observer Research Foundation think-tank told AFP. “Karzai is coming to India to confer on India the tag ‘reliable ally’… India will get the right to play a more pronounced role (in Afghanistan) after Karzai’s visit.”

The Indian Express newspaper reported on Sunday that the Afghan leader would sign a “strategic partnership” agreement with Singh, the first such pact with any country in the world.

The proposed alliance, which foreign ministry officials declined to confirm, was said to include an Indian commitment to increase its training of Afghan security forces, including the police.

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