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Sampling Pakistani Views Ahead Of Bonn Conference


The mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border at sunset as seen from Afghanistan's Kunar Province (file photo)

The mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border at sunset as seen from Afghanistan's Kunar Province (file photo)

In the weeks leading up to the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future -- which Pakistani officials have reportedly vowed not to attend amid anger over Pakistani troop deaths from NATO air strikes -- RFE/RL Radio Mashaal's Daud Khattak sat down with a number of prominent Pakistani intellectual and political figures to discuss prospects for security and stability in Afghanistan and the region. Here are the video interviews with some of those experts.

Interview 1: Senator Afrasiab Khattak, provincial chief of the Awami National Party (ANP), spoke about peace in Afghanistan and the Bonn Conference:



Interview 2: Dr. Fazal Rahim Marwat, author of several books, prominent from Mahajir to Mujahid, and chairman of the Textbook Board of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He spoke on peace in the region and increased understanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan:



Interview 3: Syed Irfan Ashraf, writer, journalist, and teacher at Peshawar University. He talked about misunderstanding between Islamabad and Kabul:



Interview 4: Dr. Altafullah Khan, an expert on FATA development issues and chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Peshawar:



Interview 5: Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, on talks with the Taliban:



-- Daud Khattak

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