Afghan, Pakistan presidents meet amid new tensions

July 19, 2011 17:31


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KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on Tuesday amid heightened tension between the neighbors and as some Afghan lawmakers raised fears that Pakistan's spy agency was behind recent assassinations.

Gunmen killed a top adviser to Karzai and a member of the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Sunday in an attack claimed by the Taliban, but some lawmakers accused the Pakistan military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of being involved.

A senior Pakistani security official in Islamabad said the allegations were "a figment of someone's sick mind".

Afghan Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told parliament on Tuesday that the gunmen made phone calls to provinces in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the attack, but he did not name specific groups or people who may have been involved, officials said.

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