A British source told Reuters Karzai remained “furious” about the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar replete with its own flag and plaque, symbols that he felt accorded the Taliban a degree of global legitimacy.
In other developments, a car bomb aimed at a Pakistani security force convoy killed 15 people and wounded 25 others yesterday on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, an official said.
The attack happened not far from the semi-autonomous tribal belt where Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked groups have bases.
“Now 15 people have died,” said Jamil Shah, spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital, a government-run in Peshawar.
At least three children were among the dead, and two children and a woman were among more than 20 injured, he added.
Javed Khan, a local official, told reporters that one policeman was also among the dead in the attack at Badaber, a flashpoint for violence south of Peshawar.
“This is a very sad incident. There have been targeted operations in that area in the last few days and we have arrested many terrorists from that area,” Khan said.
Shops and cars were damaged in the attack. Pieces of human flesh, broken glass, lost shoes and vegetables from nearby carts were flung across the scene, and the seats of damaged cars were stained with blood.
It was not immediately clear whether anyone from the paramilitary Frontier Corps, the target of the attack, had been killed.
“So far, we have reports that two Frontier Corps soldiers have been injured,” a military official said on condition of anonymity.