Karzai to brief Manmohan on Afghan developments next week - The Times of India NEW DELHI: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about recent developments in the ongoing reconciliation process in the country in a meeting on Tuesday. On a two-day visit to India starting the same day, Karzai is expected to discuss the role of ISI in fomenting terror and its links with the Haqqani network which was blamed for the recent attack on the US embassy in Kabul. Karzai will be in India at the invitation of the Observer Research Foundation where he will address a gathering on Wednesday. Government sources said that the two leaders will discuss the situation arising out of the assassination of the chairman of High Peace Council, Burhanuddin Rabbani. Foreign minister S M Krishna will call on the Afghan President on Wednesday. With international forces in the country preparing for the impending drawdown, the country has seen a spurt in violence in the past few months. Karzai comes here at a time when the US is said to be increasingly becoming disillusioned with him over his ability to deliver on the reconciliation process. The US-Pakistan relations too seem to have hit an all-time low with Washington launching a public diatribe against Pakistan after fresh disclosures about the role of Pakistan-backed Haqqani network and ISI in attacks against Americans. In a strong public condemnation of Pakistan, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week that Pakistan's ISI was actively supporting the Haqqani network extremists who, he stressed, have targeted US forces in Afghanistan. Reacting to disclosures, Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday that Mullen's remarks only vindicated what India has been saying along. "There is now a growing awareness of the groups who indulge in these nefarious activities and we have to take notice of that," Singh told journalists aboard his special aircraft when asked about Mullen's remarks. --------------------------------------------- Well this would be a crucial visit. It is about time that India really steps up to the plate and brings about a well thought out strategy to make sure Afghanistan doesn't become a terrorist breeding ground.