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Pakistan intelligence chief leaves for US to revive ties with CIA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 11, IRNA -- Pakistan’s intelligence chief, Lt. Gen, Ahmad Shuja Pasha, Monday left for Washington for talks with the chief of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) how to put relations between the two agencies on track, officials said.

Pakistani media said that joint operations of the ISI and CIA have been halted since late January after a CIA contractor killed two Pakistanis in the city of Lahore.

According to the press, the ISI Chief will meet the CIA chief Leon Panetta and other senior officials ‘to iron out differences’ emerging between prime intelligence agencies, whose relations are thought to be very important for fighting insurgents.

They said that General Pasha would also raise the issue of drone attacks on tribal areas of Pakistan.

The ISI chief visit comes at a time when President Asif Ali Zardari told the British Guardian newspaper that some ‘US politicians showed limited understanding of the impact of American policies’.

Asked about harsh criticism of Pakistan's cooperation in the 'war on terror' published in a White House report last week, Zardari said Pakistan always listened to Washington's views. But he suggested some members of Congress and the US media did not know what they were talking about when it came to Pakistan.

Last week a White House report claimed that Pakistan has ‘no clear path’ to defeat militants on its soil, has once again reflected mistrust between the two close allies in the war on terror. Pakistan had rejected the report.

The April 6 White House report also said that Pakistan fight against militancy is making little progress despite increased military co-operation between Pakistan and the U.S. in the last three months.

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