General Sher Mohammad Karimi
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'Pakistan controls Taliban' - Afghan army chief

3 July 2013 Last updated at 10:33 BST

The head of the Afghan army, General Sher Mohammad Karimi has said that fighting in Afghanistan could be stopped "in weeks" if Pakistan told the Taliban to end the insurgency.

He told Sarah Montague: "The Taliban are under [Pakistan's] control - the leadership is in Pakistan."

Pakistan denies controlling the militant group.

Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi was speaking to the BBC's Sarah Montague for HARDtalk and BBC Radio 4's Today programme. You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 3 July at 14:30 GMT and 20:30 GMT, on the BBC News Channel on Thursday 4 July at 00:30 BST and on BBC Two at 10:35 BST.

Watch more clips at HARDtalk's website.

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