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Karzai, Musharraf hold talks


Islamabad, Pakistan : The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged during a meeting to share intelligence and tighten border controls to quash rising militant attacks.

People from both the countries are suffering under the hands of extremism and terrorism, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said at a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday evening.

Karzai was to conclude his two-day visit on Thursday after holding talks with local business leaders and investors on promoting economic cooperation between the two countries.

He was also expected to meet with Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

During the news conference, Karzai said militant attacks on the Afghan side of the border have been decreasing.

During the meeting, both sides agreed to increase their intelligence cooperation and to increase border security, he said.

The Associated Press quoted Karzai as saying that the atmosphere in the meeting was better and both sides agreed on the root cause of the violence.

«We are facing the same problem, we are tackling the same enemy that is creating the problem, destroying homes and killing people on both sides,» he said. Since we are agreed on what is the problem and how to stop it, there are more chances of success.