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Pakistan boycotts talks on Afghanistan and asks UK to mediate in row with US | The Guardian

Pakistan has asked Britain to mediate in its dispute with the US over the killing of 24 of its soldiers on the Afghan border, and has warned that the fallout could derail mooted peace talks with the Taliban and Barack Obama’s timetable for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by 2014.

Islamabad also said on Tuesday that it will boycott next Monday’s conference in Bonn on Afghanistan’s future, confirming prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s vow not to carry on with “business as usual”.

Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan’s high commissioner to Britain, said: “We are appealing to Britain to use its undoubted influence with the Americans to force them to review their policy towards Pakistan and change tack before it is too late.

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