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Pakistani Prime Minister to Visit Afghanistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is expected to visit Afghanistan this week in an effort to mend strained relations between the neighboring countries.

Officials say Mr. Aziz will hold talks with several Afghan authorities in the capital, Kabul. The leaders are likely to discuss security issues following accusations by Afghanistan that Islamabad is not doing enough to prevent attacks by suspected Taleban fighters.

Mr. Aziz is also expected to discuss a recent Pakistani proposal to mine and fence selected parts ot the border to cut back on cross-border terrorism.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has denounced the plan. He says it would have little impact on deadly cross-border raids, but would seriously disrupt local communities.

Pakistan says the mines would only be planted on its side of the 25,00 kilometer long border.

More than 4,000 people have been killed in violence in Afghanistan during the last year, with most of the fighting occurring in Afghan provinces bordering Pakistan.