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Afghanistan Fuels Dispute Over Intelligence with Pakistan


The Afghan president's office has responded to criticism by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, insisting its intelligence on terrorists hiding in Pakistan is correct.

President Hamid Karzai's office Tuesday defended intelligence it says shows terrorists are free to move in Pakistan.

The statement was a response to Mr. Musharraf's accusation that Afghanistan is "bad-mouthing" his country and casting doubt on Islamabad's commitment to fighting terrorism.

Mr. Musharraf said Monday, such criticism of Pakistan is "a deliberate, articulated conspiracy." He contends Afghan intelligence is outdated and incorrect.

Afghanistan's and Pakistan's comments, coming on the heels of President Bush's visit to South Asia last week, point to a new low in relations between the neighboring states, at a time when Afghanistan is facing a sharp rise in attacks by insurgents.

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