ISI chief to visit US

July 13th, 2011 - 1:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 13 (IANS) Paksistan’s spy agency chief Lt.Gen. Shuja Pasha leaves for Washington Wednesday to hold talks with US intelligence and military officials.

It will be his first visit to Washington after the Osama bin Laden’s May 2 killing in Abbottabad that strained ties between US and Pakistan.

The US last week said that it is stopping millions of dollars in aid to the Pakistani military after the expulsion of over 100 US Special Forces trainers by Islamabad.

About $800 million in military aid and equipment - over a third of the more than $2 billion US security aid to Pakistan - could be suspended or cancelled.

The Dawn daily reported that Gen Pasha’s visit follows top US military official Gen James Mattis’s meetings with army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne in Rawalpindi Tuesday.

Military sources were quoted as saying that the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) will stay in Washington for a day.

It is being said that he is travelling to the US for intelligence coordination.

“Like in the past, operations against Al Qaeda and its affiliates would continue,” said an official who added that cooperation with the CIA against terrorists would not be impacted.

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