Afghan leader in Pakistan to discuss peace talks




ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived in Pakistan for talks on how Islamabad can facilitate peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

Karzai’s visit on Thursday comes at a time when momentum for peace talks seems to be building.

The Taliban are setting up an office in the tiny Gulf state of Qatar in the first step toward formal negotiations.

Pakistan is seen as key to the peace process because of its historical ties with the Taliban and many of the group’s leaders are believed to be based on its territory.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said recently that Karzai’s visit would be focused on figuring out exactly what role Islamabad would play in the negotiations.