Top Afghan diplomat abducted in Pakistan

A senior opposition politician, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said the government should reject U.S. pressure to fight militants, halt offensives and “sit down at the same table” and negotiate peace.

“The government must immediately end any military intervention in the tribal areas,” Sharif said in an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.

“I condemn the Marriott attack, but condemnation is not sufficient to straighten things out. We must avoid the pressures of the United States and think for ourselves,” he said.  Gunmen kidnapped Afghanistan’s top diplomat to Pakistan on Monday after killing his driver, underscoring worsening security in the nuclear-armed country two days after a suicide bomber killed 53 people.  >>>>>

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