News / Asia

Afghanistan, Pakistan to Cooperate in Rabbani Murder Probe

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, right, and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari pose for a group photo after meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, November 1, 2011.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, right, and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari pose for a group photo after meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, November 1, 2011.

Multimedia

Audio
Dorian Jones

The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan have been holding their sixth trilateral summit with their Turkish counterpart in Istanbul. The meeting between the Pakistani and Afghan leaders is the first since the assassination of Afghanistan's former president and chief peace negotiator, Burhanuddin Rabbani, for which Kabul holds Islamabad responsible.

Resolving the ongoing Afghan-Pakistani tensions over the assassination of former president Rabbani was a key issue during the day of talks hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul. During a joint press conference with Presidents Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Gul said a breakthrough had been achieved.

He said Pakistan and Afghanistan have reached an important agreement. He said they have agreed to cooperate on contributing to the national investigations regarding the assassination of Rabbani. President Gul said the investigation will be coordinated by the two countries' foreign ministries and will involve their intelligence services.

Rabbani, who was seeking to negotiate with the Taliban to end their insurgency, was assassinated by a suicide bomber. His killing has been the latest source of deep distrust in the already difficult relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. President Karzai has accused the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) of being involved in the assassination, a charge that Islamabad has denied.  

Karzai welcomed the agreement.

"I hope that the mechanism that we have established for pursuing the matter of the assassination of president Rabbani [meets] with success, and will lead us to a more fruitful and in-depth continuation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, inshallah (God willing), into the future," said Karzai.

The Afghan president has recently been increasingly vocal in charging that the ISI is giving support to the Taliban insurgency, a charge Islamabad also strongly denies. But in another step to defuse tensions, the heads of the two countries' armed forces and intelligence services also held talks in Istanbul, along with their Turkish counterparts.

Reducing bilateral tensions is seen as key to improving regional stability and ensuring Afghanistan's future. On Wednesday, Afghanistan and Pakistan will participate in a regional foreign ministers' summit on development and aid, again hosted by Turkey.

Observers say creating a positive political momentum in relations between the two countries is important ahead of international meetings on Afghanistan set to take place in Bonn, Germany, this December, and in the U.S. city of Chicago next year.

You May Like

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
X
Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

AppleAndroid