Top US officials arrive in Pakistan

Published: May 18, 2010
President(L to R) Obama's security adviser, James Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta. (AP)

President(L to R) Obama's security adviser, James Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta. (AP)

KARACHI: US President Obama’s national security adviser, James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta arrived here Tuesday on a two day trip for meetings with top government, military and intelligence officials.

According to sources the progress in the Times Square car bomb investigation and concerns about future terrorist attacks would be the main topics of discussions of the US delegation with the Pakistani leadership.

Jones and Panetta are scheduled to meet Wednesday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari; Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani; the Chief of Army Staff  Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani and ISI chief Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

CIA and Pakistan intelligence agencies would also share their respective investigations on Faisal Shahzad and his ties with militant groups in Pakistan, sources said

Meanwhile according to US media quoting US officials Jones and Panetta intend to reiterate to the Pakistanis the importance that the administration places on more aggressive military action against groups allied with al-Qaeda in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA.

“In light of the failed Times Square terrorist attack and other terrorist attacks that trace to the border region, we believe that it is time to redouble our efforts with our allies in Pakistan to close this safe haven and create an environment where we and the Pakistani people can lead safe and productive lives,” National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Urbansoul
    May 19, 2010 - 10:04AM

    I think CIA should help Pakistan to develop a comprehensive anti-Terror force, to clear the mess what they have created in the last days of cold war.Recommend

  • Rashid Saleem
    May 19, 2010 - 12:47PM

    I am sure they have come to find facts about Faisal Shahzad; the man who threatened their own people. Rather than giving it a hype that has come with a hidden agenda is not only baseless but as ridiculous as the theory of a ‘foreign hand’ in almost all walks of life in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Syed Javaid Ismail
    May 19, 2010 - 1:40PM

    I am fully confident that it is only the American drama,which is a part of their future planning againt Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 3:59PM

    It is there routine visit to pakistan no one need to be succeptible that why are they in pakistan.Especially,if there is a terrorist attack in their land they paropmptly investigate through agencies delegation around the globe.Of course,we all condemne this sort of henious tactics by any terror group.But why only USA does the same without any hesitation?Why not pakistan adapt the same way of investigation if they are facing terrorist attacks into pakistan.Our agencies must trace behind the suicide bombing,who is supporting them financial as well as tactical.We should alsodealt with US in the same manner to go US and check their agencies record.Recommend

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