KABUL  - The Afghan government on Thursday accused Pakistan of wrecking efforts to end the Taliban’s bloody 11-year insurgency, in the latest sign of worsening cross-border relations.

President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said that Pakistan had now abandoned the peace process and imposed ‘impossible’ pre-conditions on any further discussions that would encourage the Taliban to lay down their weapons.

“Things were going well up to the trilateral (summit) in Britain, so we were hopeful, but soon it became clear that Pakistan had changed its position and the peace process was no longer its priority,” Aimal Faizi told AFP. “They demanded we cut all ties to India, send army officers to Pakistan for training, and sign a strategic partnership.” Faizi described Pakistan’s demands as impossible because India was one of Afghanistan’s closest allies, and any Afghan officer who was trained in Pakistan would be viewed as a suspected spy.

“And if we signed a strategic agreement with Pakistan, the Afghan public would stone us to death because they know that the suicide bombers that kill civilians and our armed forces come across from Pakistan,” Faizi added.

“Today there is more instability on the Pakistan side of the Durand Line (border) than on the Afghan side,” he said. “Afghanistan is moving in the right direction, but in Pakistan they are losing control of more provinces to the terrorists.