Afghanistan instability weighing on Pakistan


WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan's national security adviser says his country's security worries should be addressed as the U.S. winds down the war in neighboring Afghanistan over the next year.

Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz reminded diplomats on Monday that Pakistan will face the brunt of any instability that could engulf Afghanistan after 2014, when the Obama administration has pledged to end the combat mission.

The White House currently is weighing whether to leave up to 10,000 troops for so-called advise-and-assist missions in Afghanistan after December.

But the Obama administration is deeply divided on how many troops, if any, should remain.

Aziz spoke at a top-level State Department meeting focusing on strategic ties between the U.S. and Pakistan.

He said Pakistan also supports an Afghan-led peace process with the Taliban.

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