Karzai has had an increasingly fraught relationship with Washington and is reluctant to be associated with the pact.
A consultative Loya Jirga cannot veto the BSA. Even the Jirga chairman, Sibghatullah Mojadeddi, stressed Karzai may sign without any consultation. Yet Karzai insists he will not sign without the Loya Jirga's approval.
The two sides reviewed the challenges to regional security, emphasizing the importance of regional peace and stability, especially in the wake of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, underscoring the critical significance of cross-border cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan to achieve shared objectives....
Iran President Hassan Rouhani's election in June has created big hopes that the standoff over Iran's nuclear work can be resolved after a decade of failed diplomatic initiatives and rising tensions.
The officials also added that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was flown from Karachi to Islamabad for the special meeting.
The forces were also said to have defused two anti-vehicle mines placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Helmand province.
If the BSA was signed, he said, the US would have the right to Bagram Airbase, Kabul International Airport, Kandahar Airbase, Shindand Airbase, Herat International Airport, Mazar-i-Sharif Airport and Shorab base in Helmand.
Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan, which has kept its promises to help to the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.
"My trust with America is not good. I don't trust them and they don't trust me," Karzai said. "During the past 10 years I have fought with them and they have made propaganda against me.
The 14-year-old bomber, Farmanullah had received suicide attack trainings in Miranshah tribal region of Pakistan and was sent to Khost province for suicide attack.
Afghan officials believe he could encourage Taliban leaders to seek a negotiated settlement to end the 12-year insurgency if he were given full freedom.
No one has taken immediate responsibility for the explosion but the Taliban are suspected of carrying out the attack.
The attack targeting a religious seminary belonging to the Haqqani network took place in Tal, a town in the northwestern Hangu district bordering the North Waziristan.
The Loya Jirga is tasked with debating BSA over next four days.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the number of U.S. troops that will stay in Afghanistan after 2014 would be 'limited.
CSTO was established on the basis of the Collective Security Treaty signed on May 15, 1992 by the CIS member countries. To date CSTO member states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.
Rice further added, “Quite the contrary, we have sacrificed and supported them in their democratic progress and in tackling the insurgents and al Qaeda. So that (letter of apology) is not on the table.”
Under the new definition of relations between the two nations, Afghanistan would allow the U.S. to operate military bases, train their security personnel and to conduct counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda after the current mission is due to end in 2014.
Some of the students in the audience asked why they should bother voting since in their view, the whole political process was controlled by foreigners and was un-Islamic.
During the demonstration, the protesters blamed the US military for killing civilians.