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General Kayani Refuses to Meet US Assistant Secretary: ISPR

Posted by yourpakistan on June 11, 2012


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Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has refused to meet US assistant secretary of Defence Peter Lavoy after Leon Panetta’s accusation about Pakistan of having safe havens for insurgents. On Thursday, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta had said during his visit to Kabul that Washington was running out of patience with Islamabad over its reluctance to go after the militant Haqqani group in its semi-governed northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Sources told Online that General Kayani has refused the US assistant secretary Defence of giving him a time slot for meeting. “Army Chief conveyed the Pentagon that due to his commitments he could not meet the visiting US assistant secretary of Defence,” clamed the official.

Peter Lavoy, however tried his level best to have a meeting with Kayani. “During last three days Lavoy constantly remains in touch with General Headquarter (GHQ) for the meeting with the Army Chief,” he added.

The official said the Pakistan army was annoyed on the US drone policy for Pakistan and that Panetta’s statement added fuel in the working relation between both allies in war against terrorism.

Meanwhile, a diplomatic source told Online that the second round of Pak-US talks on the resumption of communication line for NATO has also failed. “US assistant secretary of Defence Peter Lavoy will now leave the country late Sunday or early Monday with empty hands,” said the source.

An official of ISPR has denied the report that General Kayani has refused to meet US assistant secretary of Defence and told Online that because of weekend the meeting could not took place. “Saturday and Sunday are also off in army,” he added.

US embassy acting spokesmen Robert Raines said no meeting was on scheduled between Army Chief and Peter Lavoy. “US assistant secretary of Defence, however had a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart,” said Raines.

Source: Online News Network

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