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Pakistani spy chief leaves for US

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 13, IRNA -- Head of Pakistan’s top intelligence agency has left for United States for talks with the US intelligence officials, local media said quoting Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to ISPR Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha left for Washington on Wednesday.

ISPR said Pasha was on a day-long visit to the US where he would discuss with US officials exchange of intelligence information and war on terror.

The White House said that it was withholding some $800 million in military aid to Pakistan while the Pentagon said that Islamabad was cutting back its ties to the US defense establishment.

The $800 million was about a third of the annual US security aid to Pakistan. In the 2010-11 budgets, Pakistan set aside $6.41 billion for defense expenditure, an increase of $1.27 billion from the previous year.

The Pakistan Army said that withholding of military aid by U.S. would not affect its ongoing operation in Pakistani tribal area.

That came out of the 140th Corps Commanders’ Conference held at General Headquarters with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chairing the meeting.

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