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Pakistani FM: Pakistan Will Do Whatever it Takes to Stabilize Afghanistan


Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri says Pakistan will do whatever it takes to bring stability in Afghanistan.

Kasuri was responding to a question about fresh accusations by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that Pakistan's government is directly supporting Taleban insurgents in Afghanistan. Pakistan has repeatedly denied the charge.

Mr. Karzai spoke Tuesday during a rare visit to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a former Taleban stronghold. He was there for talks with NATO commanders on avoiding Afghan civilian casualties during military operations.

He said Afghanistan's problem is not with the Taleban, but with Pakistan. Mr. Karzai accused Pakistani "state elements" of creating and sustaining the Taleban movement.

Meanwhile, two Afghan civilians were killed Tuesday in separate incidents involving foreign troops.

In Kandahar city, NATO says its forces fired a warning shot at a civilian motorcyclist who approached a checkpoint at high speed. NATO says the shot richoted and killed the motorcyclist.

In the other incident, NATO says U.S. and Afghan forces killed four militants and a teenage girl during a raid in the eastern province of Khost.

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