Pakistani President to attend Afghan peace council

August 11, 2007 04:22

Pakistan's Musharraf agrees to attend Afghan-Pakistan peace council? Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf agreed to attend the closing session of a meeting of hundreds of Afghan and Pakistani tribal leaders discussing the rising militant violence along their shared border. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had phoned Musharraf Friday evening and invited him to attend the jirga's closing session - due on Sunday - saying Musharraf's participation would be "a source of support and encouragement for the jirga process." Musharraf on Thursday abruptly canceled a planned appearance in Kabul at the opening of the peace council, or jirga, citing engagements at home. His cancellation raised further doubts about how effective the council could be, as it came on top of a boycott by tribesmen from the most volatile Pakistani border zone, where US and other officials say al-Qaida and Taliban are regrouping.

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