Petraeus visits Pakistan for security talks: US Embassy

By AFP
Published: April 25, 2011

Topics of mutual interest and ways to improve regional security discussed, says statement. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: US general David Petraeus on Monday visited Pakistan and held talks with its army chief on ways to bolster regional security, the US embassy said in a statement.

“Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, visited Pakistan today to meet with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff,” the embassy said.

“They discussed topics of mutual interest and ways to improve regional security,” it said in a statement.

This is Petraeus’ sixth visit to Pakistan as the NATO ISAF commander, it said.

“He has long-established relationships with General Kayani and the Pakistani military from his time as the U.S. Central Command commander,” the statement said, adding that his last visit to Pakistan was January 31, 2011.

On Saturday Kayani said his forces had inflicted deep wounds on the Islamist rebellion after the United States had criticised the country’s efforts to quell Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents holed-up in its tribal belt.

“The terrorists’ backbone has been broken and God willing we will soon prevail,” Kayani said in a speech at a passing-out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy in northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad.

The White House this month criticised Pakistan’s efforts to defeat the Taliban in its border regions with Afghanistan, in a report immediately rejected by Islamabad.

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, subsequently accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of having ties with the Afghan Taliban in the northwestern tribal belt.

Reader Comments (12)

  • John
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:48PM

    Mr.Kayani: Drones must stop.

    CIA chief: Fresh drone strikes after Pasha’s one day visit to Washington.

    Mullen: ISI has longnstanding connection with Taliban.

    Time magazine: Pasha 100 most “influential” people.

    Kayani: “The terrorists’ backbone has been broken and God willing we will soon prevail,”

    Washington Wants to explain to Mr.Kayani about his oxymoron statement and how to get the will of God to prevail.

    Petraeus: “Discussed topics of mutual interest and ways to improve regional security,”

    upcoming news for next few weeks

    Kayani: “To prevent civilian deaths from drone strikes, US and PAK agreed for a joint operation in Waziristan. This is in the best interest of the nation, since drones are upsetting political parties and they do not allow them to concentrate on the economy.

    Imran Kahn: Anti drone campaign was full success, jihad against infidels is won.

    PAK army: escorts to NATO supply will now come under PAK army.

    US: release the remaining $4 billion for the cock and bull story invoices submitted by PAK army.

    All political parties:Our demand to the US was met with success.

    French: we helped PAK to resolve the drone campaign by US.

    SBP: Special commemorative coin to honor the PAK soldiers injured in War on Terror.

    PAK people: what the heck Or Pakistan Zindabad ?Recommend

  • ba ha
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:00PM

    Based on the number of explosions and deaths there has been a slight reduction. Possibly because CIA was asked to get their act together in Pakistan. To completely stop them one would have to re-establish full intervention in Afghanistan and pump the Punjabi Taliban in.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:20PM

    One can only speculate what would have transpired between the two Generals after Kayani had refused to take orders from Mullen and in all probabilities he would have said NO for the hundred and one time to undertake operations in NW and the American General would have said for the same number of times that they will continue their drone attacks. Recommend

  • M.Saleem
    Apr 26, 2011 - 12:51AM

    US critcism of Pakistan and its intelgence services is really disappointing. It indicates Pakistnis’ doubts that USA,UK,India and Israel wanted to cripple Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities and this whole drama is being played to achieve this goal . Pakistani government is a fool that it does not understand or see their web/net.Actually America will never like to have her single citizen killed for Pakistan when Pakistan is doing this for number of years for America.
    Israel has the worst reputation as a biased and criminal state having no vlue for human rights or UN Resolutions and by supporting such state,USA has become a part of it infact a subsidiary of this terrible and illegitimate state of Israel which is evident from the imprisonment of a Pakistani Lady Doctor Afia Sissiqui and treatment of Guantenamo Bay prisoners.The days are not far when America will make any baselss excuse to attack Pakistan like they are now saying that Pakistan’s ISI is a Terrorist Group . The realy terrorist groups are CIA,FBI,Mossad, Indian RAA, MI5 and MI6 who are responsible for killing innocent citizens and their soveriegn leaders,sabotaging,crippling and killing the sincere and patriotic leaders simply in the name of freedom and civilization simply because they did not listen to them but followed their public interests.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 26, 2011 - 2:10AM

    This is getting serious, in the partnership!! When two high profile US Army people visit the Land of Pure in such a short period! Regardless of what the media is told !
    The political pressure at both ends is showing, it will be very interesting as to the outcome.
    Especially in the view of US withdrawal from Shamsi Air Base.
    This may be separation rather than divorce between these two parties, but its implications are going to be huge.Recommend

  • Where are your reporters?
    Apr 26, 2011 - 5:10AM

    hahhaha tribune has taken news aggregation to another level…This happened in ISLAMABAD!!! dont you have reporters there?? Why did you have to run an AFP story? The only problem I have with a Pakistani publication reprinting AFP’s version of the event is that it comes with AFP’s biases and stupid expressions like “Islamist” rebellion. Did Kiyani really say “Islamist” rebellion? I doubt it! AP and other western publications like NYT and Washington Post have just coined these stupid meaningless terms which dont educate or inform the reader and they keep drilling these words in our heads. Pakistani publications have an opportunity to inform these publications along with their readers but thanx to the general laziness which inflicts all Pakistanis tribune didnt bother to send an actual reporter to cover this meeting. Shameful! Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Apr 26, 2011 - 7:30AM

    General Petraeus will only hear more lies and denials from the Pakistani establishment. The US cables clearly show on whose side the establishment is on. Sanctions is the only viable option. Let supplies be routed through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan even if it is more expensive. The US is effectively fighting Pakistan with one arm tied behind its back. Recommend

  • John
    Apr 26, 2011 - 10:26AM

    @Hedgefunder:
    Hey my friend.

    You are correctly analyzing the situation. Something serious is brewing. This is a do or die situation for PAK. We will be hearing a lot of “All is well, Never better” talk but that will only confirm the seriousness of the situation.

    Waziristan operation is a solution to salvage what is left. Otherwise I am dead sure US will continue or even intensify the drone attack.

    Does PAK have a choice especially after the embarrassing details of Guantanamo bay reports, wherein PAK-ISI duplicity game is clearly detailed by the accomplices.

    Gen. Petraeus is rumored to be the next CIA chief, so Kayani has to be in his good books.

    PAK always made a wrong calculation beginning with her first fiasco in Kashmir in 1947.

    Hope she is smart enough to realize the situation. Recommend

  • Malik
    Apr 26, 2011 - 2:55PM

    @ John, your future calculations are wrong! neither Americans will stop their aggression nor Pakistani people along with their army will stop resistance to the brutality of American minds! Justice will prevail Recommend

  • Malik
    Apr 26, 2011 - 3:01PM

    @ John, American plans to distance pakistani people from pakistan army is brutally exposed! everyone knows that drones are killing innocents to have more recruits for American sponsored terrorism in this region! plan to shoot down Pakistan is a tough campaign! and this mis-action of Obama’s government can have extreme results, be-aware American theoretical calculations can be very dangerous to actual world. Humans are not perfect yet but the world is perfectRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 26, 2011 - 5:48PM

    @Malik:
    Which justice are you talking about? The justice of deceit and lies !!
    You actually believe that will prevail !!!!Recommend

  • antimoushe
    Apr 27, 2011 - 2:34AM

    if america had guts it would have gone alone in north wazaristan but the problem is its scared of pak army.Recommend

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