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Musharraf Says Pakistan Not Involved In Afghan Instability --> Musharraf (left) with Afghan President Karzai in Kabul on September 6 (AFP) September 7, 2006 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is calling upon Afghanistan to stop blaming his country for the resurgence of armed militancy on its territory.

Speaking today at the Afghan Foreign Ministry in Kabul, Musharraf said that neither Pakistan's government nor the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were involved "in any kind of interference in Afghanistan."

Musharraf's comments come a day after he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to cooperate in combating what they described as their "common enemy" -- terrorism and extremism.

Officials in Kabul have accused Islamabad of training armed militants and sending them to attack U.S.-led coalition troops and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Insurgency

A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)

HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):
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RFE/RL's coverage of Afghanistan.


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