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Wazīrābād : Pakistan | Feb 17, 2012 at 6:59 AM PST
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Iran's President Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's PM Gilani talk during their meeting in Islamabad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today encouraged Pakistan and Afghanistan to reject foreign influence in the region during a summit held in Islamabad and was marred by a suicide bombing that killed 18 people in northwestern Pakistan.

Following a meeting between the presidents of the three countries in the Pakistani capital, Ahmadinejad criticized that "the region has been subject to the hegemony of foreign powers", in words that seemed to point directly to Afghanistan.

"There is no fundamental problem between the countries of the region. All the problems come from outside," he said, joined at a news conference by his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari and Hamid Karzai.

"We should seize the opportunity to others to interfere in regional affairs," he proposed.

The Iranian president landed in Islamabad yesterday to participate in the trilateral summit, which has had its principal axes in the peace process in Afghanistan, where U.S. is the country with more troops deployed, and dialogue with the Taliban.

The Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan seem bothered by not having a direct involvement in the Taliban office recently opened in Tasting, through which the United States is maintaining contacts with the insurgents.

In his speech, Zardari, who invited Ahmadinejad to make another visit to Islamabad alone, he said the relationship between Pakistan and Iran "can not be undermined by any international pressure."

Musharraf also denied that the army of his country to provide support to the Taliban, although he admitted that there are still "waste" of the 1980s, when Pakistan supported Islamist factions in the war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Karzai, who in the past has criticized Pakistan and Iran for interfering in Afghan affairs, expressed his desire to overcome the "difficulties" in the country at war and find a guide for common action.

All three countries have disparate goals and an intimate story, contradictory and full of disagreements, but now agree to be suspicious of U.S. plans in the region.

The Executive Karzai has finally accepted the office opening Tasting Taliban, but has been displaced by the United States and does not rule out other avenues of negotiation.

The death of Osama Bin Laden in an American operation on Pakistani soil in May last year made it will crack the diplomatic ties between Islamabad and Washington, which have not yet been resolved.

This is a favorable context for Iran to try to push their neighbors against the United States, which has already begun its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and plans to end its combat mission in 2013.

The Iranian leader's visit coincided with a suicide attack in the Kurram tribal region of Pakistan that killed 18 people and injured 35 others in the capital of demarcation.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosive he was carrying in a market in Parachinar, near the Afghan border, according to several police sources consulted by Efe.

The area has a strong presence of Shiite minority sect of Islam in Pakistan and majority in Iran, but official sources consulted by Efe refused to confirm that the attack was directed against Shiite worshipers.

Pakistani officials tend to downplay or hide the frequent sectarian attacks that take place in the country, especially by Sunni fundamentalist groups in court.

A division based in Kurram the Pakistani Taliban, the Tehrik-e-Islami Taliban, claimed responsibility, according to Pakistani television.

In Kurram, the scene in the past sectarian conflicts take place for months fighting between the Pakistan army and the Taliban insurgency.

The sphere of influence extends to the Taliban along the Afghan-Pakistani border, especially in its main strongholds, located in North Waziristan, south of Kurram.

A study by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, the death toll from terrorism in 2011 amounted to 2,391.

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Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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