US Military Chief in Pakistan
AFP, June 3, 2008
ISLAMABAD (AFP) — The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen arrived here Tuesday for counter-terrorism talks with Pakistan's military leaders, an official said.
Mullen's visit, his second in three months, comes a day after a suicide attack targeting the Danish embassy in Islamabad and amid concerns in Washington over peace talks with the Taliban.
"The US military chief will hold talks with army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and also chairman of the joint chiefs of staffs committee General Tariq Majeed," a senior army official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Six people including a Danish national were killed in Monday's attack, which officials said was likely carried out by Taliban to avenge the publication of blasphemous cartoons in Danish newspapers.
It was not immediately known if the US commander would meet Pakistan's beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf, who stepped down as army chief last November and was replaced by Kayani.
Musharraf's allies were trounced in general elections in February and the new government pledged to reverse his long-pursued military-oriented policy in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
The United States suspects the peace overtures will lead to increase in cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.