Hotline set up to foster communication among Kabul, Pak, Turkey in times of crisis

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 09:03 hrs

A hotline has been established to facilitate communication among the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey in times of crisis, a Turkish official has said.

"The hotline has been operational since Sunday. It is designed to help communication among the three capitals in times of crisis," the Daily Times quoted the official, as saying.

He, however, added that the presidents are yet to use it.

The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan are due to hold talks in Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday in a bid to resolve a row after Kabul claimed an attack against its spy chief was planned in Pakistan.

The assassination attempt on National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Asadullah Khalid was carried out on recently by an attacker who claimed to be a Taliban peace envoy but had a bomb hidden in his underwear.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai did not directly blame Pakistan for the attack but said the Taliban alone would not have been able to carry out the bombing and that "bigger hands were involved".

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry rejected the claim and said it was ready to help investigate what it called a criminal act. (ANI)

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