As Grossman arrives, high-level huddle finalises strategy

PM joins heads with army, ISI chief to discus­s plan of action.

Kamran Yousaf April 25, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The country’s top civil and military leadership finalised on Wednesday their strategy for re-engagement with the United States in light of new recommendations approved by parliament, as President Barack Obama’s point-man for the region landed in the capital for crucial talks.

Ahead of interactions between Pakistani and American officials, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani chaired a high-powered meeting, which was attended by key ministers as well as Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam.

“The meeting took stock of the recent developments in the region. They discussed matters related to Afghan peace and reconciliation and new terms of re-engagement with US/Nato/Isaf in accordance with the recommendations of parliament,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister House.

This was the second gathering of civil and military leadership in less than 10-days and was aimed at evolving a consensus on how to move forward after the US voiced reservations over some of the demands made by parliament.

All issues will figure in the talks when US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman, who is leading a delegation of senior officials, meets the country’s top leadership.

Grossman is the first senior American official to travel to Islamabad after parliament passed a new foreign policy framework that seeks to redefine the country’s relationship with Washington.

Grossman will hold formal talks with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. He will also meet Prime Minister Gilani and Army Chief Gen Kayani.

Ahead of Grossman’s visit, US Ambassador Cameron Munter dashed to Karachi on Wednesday and held an important meeting with President Zardari.

Sources familiar with the development say the two discussed the likely fallout of the Supreme Court’s verdict against the prime minister on efforts to reset ties between the two countries.


ZorbaTheRealGreek | 9 years ago | Reply

The US scuttled the loan offered by the Russians and chinese for the iran pakistan pipe line. This is what i have been warning in these forums. If you mess with the US and play games with them, they will get at you from multiple angles and the most devastating angle is the prevention of international institutions from lending money to pakistan. Pakistan needs to clean up its act or its going to face a situations which will make the current situation look like a nice dream. Just learn from what happened in iraq BEFORE the invasion. Pakistan can get away without paying much of a price when playing games with india but USA is totally another ball game. Choose your foes more carefully than your friends.

Hairan | 9 years ago | Reply

@Zaid Hamid: brothe, kindly forgive mullahs, why you always pull them in every debate, ever include a pandit???

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