Pakistan's top military general cancels US visit
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, May 14, IRNA -- Pakistan Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wyen has cancelled his visit to the United States as relationship between the two allies are under stress after the U.S. killed al-Qaeda chief in a unilateral raid in Pakistan.
Quoting military sources local media reported that General Wyen was scheduled to pay a 6-day visit to the United States from May 22 but he has cancelled his visit.
There was no official word as to why the visit was cancelled and military sources said that the United States has been informed about the visit’s postponement.
Geo TV reported that General Wayen called the US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen and told he would not be able to travel to the United States.
The visit was cancelled amidst reports that Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations, John Kerry will shortly visit Pakistan.
Sources said that General Wyen has himself cancelled his US visit and not on the US request to put pressure on Washington to consider Pakistan a partner in the anti-terror war and stop unilateral actions on Pakistani soil.
Anger runs high in Pakistan after the U.S. military helicopters raided a compound where Osama bin Laden had been living. Pakistani government and the army are under criticism as to why the country’s radar system and intelligence agencies failed to detect the movement of the American helicopters.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told a foreign magazine on Thursday that cooperation between the CIA and Pakistani spy agency has been broken down.
Pakistan’s Defence Committee of the Cabinet, which comprises the country’s top military and political leadership, on Thursday strongly condemned the US unilateral action on Pakistani soil and warned against any such action in the future.
Top military and foreign affairs officials in off-the-record briefings in recent days showed anger at the US action and said Pakistan will review its relations with the US if any such action was carried out in future.
The parliament has started its in-camera session in Islamabad on Friday to review the situation after the U.S. military action. The army and intelligence chief will brief the members of the parliament about the US operation.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30384027
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