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Tuesday, August 25, 1998 Published at 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK

World: South Asia

Tajikistan warns Pakistan over Taleban

Tajikistan has warned Pakistan that any attempt by the mainly Pashtu Taleban movement to bring Afghanistan under the control of one ethnic group will fail.

The Tajik Foreign minister, Talbak Nazarov, made the comment after talks with Pakistan's minister of state for foreign affairs, Mohammad Siddique Khan Kanju.

Mr Kanju, who is touring the countries bordering Afghanistan to try and and allay fears about the Taleban's recent military gains there, said Islamabad shared Tajik concerns and again denied that Pakistan was giving military support to the Taleban.

Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tajiks live in northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan lies directly north of one of the few areas of Afghan territory still held by the anti-Taleban alliance.

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