Karmal called to Moscow; Afghan infighting cited
Pitched battles between Afghan political factions have prompted a Soviet summons for Afghanistan President Barbrak Karmal to come to Moscow to discuss the worsening situation, an Afghan expert said. The Soviet news agency Tass reported that Mr. Karmal would visit the Soviet capital in mid- October, but gave no reason. The expert, an Afghan scholar at Jawaharial Nehru University, said increasing political assassinations and factional fighting between Mr. Karmal's Parcham (Flag) group and the rival Khalq (People's) group has weakened the Soviet-supported Afghan regime and agitated Moscow. Even Mr. Karmal's own supporters have broken with him because of his inability to win support from Afghanistan's 17 million people.