NATO commander meets Pakistan army chief

September 10th, 2011 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, Sep 9 (IANS) The commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has met Pakistan’s army chief and discussed with him ways to improve regional security, the US embassy here said Friday.

Gen. John R. Allen met Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to Pakistan Thursday and Friday. He also met US embassy staff and received updates on the US security assistance mission to Pakistan, Xinhua reported quoting an embassy spokesman.

This was Allen’s first visit to Pakistan as the ISAF commander.

Allen visited the 11th Corps headquarters in Peshawar and discussed security near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the spokesman said.

Sources said Pakistan took up with the NATO commander the issue of attacks on its border check-posts by Taliban from Afghanistan.

Nearly 300 militants attacked seven check-posts in the border district of Chitral in August and killed at least 27 Pakistani security men. Pakistan lodged a formal protest with the Afghan envoy.

Taliban also kidnapped a group of Pakistani boys from Bajaur tribal region while they were on a picnic during Eid. Pakistani Taliban leader Maulvi Dadullah showed some of the kidnapped boys to a group of Afghan journalists in Kunar earlier this week.

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