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Afghan President Directly Accuses Pakistani Agents of  Violence


Afghan President Hamid Karzai has directly accused Pakistani agents for the first time of planning the deadly bombing at the Indian embassy in Kabul last week.

Mr. Karzai said Monday that the bombing was among a series of recent attacks planned by Pakistani intelligence and military agents. The embassy attack killed more than 40 people last Monday.

Among the other violence he blamed on Pakistan was a suicide bombing that killed 24 people in Uruzgan province Sunday and the killing of two Afghan women in Gazni province.

Mr. Karzai did not offer any evidence to support his accusations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has denied Pakistan's involvement in the embassy bombing. He says his country is not interested in destabilizing Afghanistan.

President Karzai raised alarm in Pakistan last month when he threatened to send troops into Pakistan to fight militants there. He said Afghanistan would take action if Islamabad failed to address cross-border attacks.

Pakistan's new government has tried low-level talks with militant leaders to try to ease the violence in its border regions. After Mr. Karzai's threat, Pakistani officials said they also would use military force.



Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.


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