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Gen. James Mattis Visit Pakistan meet Gen. Kayani

ISLAMABAD: The top United State armed commander met with the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Saturday and discussed military relations between the Pakistan and US.

The U.S. Embassy said Gen. James Mattis, head of United State Central Command, here in Pakistan late Friday, and that he will meet the army chief, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Talks between Pakistan and United State are in calamity after US officials stepped up allegations that Pakistan’s premier spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was aiding insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan, including those who took part in an attack on the American Embassy last week in Kabul.

Gen. Kayani said on Friday that the allegations were groundless and part of a public “blame game” detrimental to peace in Afghanistan.

Other Islamabad officials urged Washington to present evidence for such a serious allegation.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar warned the United States is risking losing an ally in the war on terror.

The row began when Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Thursday accused the ISI agency of supporting Haqqani insurgents in planning and executing last week’s 22-hour assault on the U.S. Embassy and a truck bombing that wounded 77 American soldiers days earlier.

Kayani said the allegations were “very unlucky and not based on facts.”

The claims were the most serious yet by an American official against nuclear-armed Pakistan, which Washington has given billions in civilian and military aid over the last 10 years to try to secure its cooperation inside Afghanistan and against al-Qaida. /Agencies

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