WHY WAS KARZAI-NAWAZ MEETING SHIFTED TO MURREE?

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Is PM House bugged? And by Whom?

Visitor insisted on bigger role of India , Karzai for national reconciliation government not dominated by Afghan Taliban

Zahid Malik

Thursday, September 05, 2013Islamabad—The Pakistan Observer would add to what the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday, as front-paged by all the Pakistani media on Wednesday, that the United States has stepped up surveillance of Pakistan and it was particularly focusing on Pak-nuclear assets.

The Washington Post’s disclosure was already a well-known fact in Pakistan and according to information gathered by the Pakistan Observer that, now, even the venue of the meeting between the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the visiting Afghan President on 26 August was also suspected to be bugged by a foreign spy agency. As the visiting President intended to share in confidence his vision of the post-US era Afghanistan, therefore, on his suggestion the venue of the moot was shifted to Murree, popular for its balmy summer climes in the mountains.

A source in Islamabad was, however, confident that both the hilltop houses were safe and secure from all angles. But, he said, “it is also true that the most sophisticated high-tech surveillance systems have made all of us unsafe.” To allay fears, the source further said “the high offices in other countries too cannot claim to be totally bugging-free.

President Hamid Karzai in Murree after having urged the Pakistani leadership to release all the top Afghan Talibans and hand over the most wanted “terrorists and criminals” to Kabul particularly pursued MNS on two issues (a) Afghanistan be allowed to deal trade with India (to and fro) in exchange for a similar access to Pakistani trade to Central Asia and (b) Afghanistan be allowed to enjoy the traditional port facilities in Pakistan with a very special concession on tax and levies under decades-old Pak-Afghan Trade Agreement.

President Karzai sensing that Pakistan too would be expecting “quid-pro-quo” gave his future roadmap which envisaged the establishment of a National Reconciliation Government in Kabul with strong participation of Northern Alliance and with “some” participation by Taliban representatives and a limited role of the Taliban in six eastern and south-eastern provinces while Kabul would deal with matters like Defence, Foreign Affairs, Currency, Foreign Trade and National Security.

President Karzai particularly emphasized that Islamabad should not object to Kabul’s strategic ties with India or with any other country.

According to a source, while Pakistan agreed to the release of some Taliban leaders but sticking to its principled position of non-interference in any country opted for a cautious ‘wait and watch’ response. The venue of the Murree summit was, however, made totally bugging-free beforehand.