Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Reports Say ISAF Commander Met With Pakistan's Army Chief

ISAF commander General John Allen ISAF commander General John Allen
ISAF commander General John Allen
ISAF commander General John Allen
By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
Pakistani media reports say the commander of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, U.S. General John Allen, visited Pakistan on July 1 for the second time in four days for talks on reopening NATO supply routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Allen reportedly met Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and other Pakistani officials, including Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad.

Reports say U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter was also present at the meetings. No further details were immediately available.

The talks came after Allen had met Kayani on June 27 in Rawalpindi.

The NATO supply routes to Afghanistan from Pakistan have been closed since November 2011, after a NATO air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
by: William from: Aragon
July 02, 2012 06:30
So, who is managing US relations with the government of Pakistan - the State Department or the Pentagon? Given the Pentagon's track record of "managing" the past war in Iraq and the current war in Afghanistan, it might be wise to leave it's management to the US Ambassador.
In Response

by: Sunder Khan Afridi from: Pakistan
July 02, 2012 07:21
You are absolutely right due to directionless strategy, the Pentagon has goofed up the important relationship. It will be better if the negotiations are left to Ambassador Cameron Munter who enjoys substantial goodwill in Pakistan.
In Response

by: William from: Aragon
July 02, 2012 23:24
Let us hope that the future will help bring peace to Pakistan and her tormented neighbour.
In Response

by: Jack from: US
July 02, 2012 19:52
don't worry, William. US relations with Pakistan are being managed from Saudi Arabia, via generous contributions to bank accounts of senior US government officials
In Response

by: William from: Aragon
July 02, 2012 23:36
The good general is probably negotiating how to get the 5,000 tons of opium produced each year out of Afghanistan once the US military withdraws and can no longer use USAF planes, Jack. The funds from this undertaking have possibly been used to finance many of the purposes that you have commented on in the past, and Congress wouldn't even know about it.

We now have a synthesis of your original idea and mine fused together to paint a sharper picture - food for thought!

Most Popular