Pakistan's chief spy heads to Washington at time of strained relations
US Adm. Mike Mullen, US Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Pakistan Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, Lt Gen. Ahmad Shujaa Pasha photo by: US Defense Dept.
July 13th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Pakistan's chief spy heads to Washington at time of strained relations

A U.S. official says Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha, the head of Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), will be in Washington Wednesday night and Thursday for meetings which include a meeting with CIA Acting Director Michael Morell.

The official said the 24-hour visit is part of the “continuing dialogue” with Pakistan. “There is no one issue that sparked the visit, “said the official, who indicated there are plenty of issues on the table.

Separately, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan says Pashsa is not meeting with Defense Secretary (and former CIA Director) Leon Panetta or anyone else at the Pentagon.

The visit comes at a time of increased tensions between the two nations this year.

The US recently announced it is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aide following the Pakistani demand for the US to withdraw some of its military trainers from Pakistan.

Pakistan is still reeling from the US military assault in May on the compound housing Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad which led to the terrorist leaders death. The U.S. kept the Pakistanis in the dark about the operation. Some U.S. officials suspect elements of the ISI might have assisted Bin Laden.

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