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CIA chief in Pakistan

Islamabad—CIA Chief Leon Panetta has arrived here Wednesday and met ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmad Shujja Pasha.

Sources told matters related to bilateral ties, cooperation in war on terror, enhancement of intelligence sharing and operations against Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants featured in the meeting. Both of the chiefs of intelligence agencies agreed on making system of intelligence sharing more effective for curbing terror related acts, sources added.

ISI chief condemned the recent strikes by NATO forces in Pakistan territory and voiced protest on this count. Pakistan policy on drone attacks also came under discussion and CIA chief was apprised of negative implications of drone attacks.

According to sources Leon Panetta said “we want to bolster cooperation with Pakistan in all the anti terrorism fields. Pakistan security and intelligence agencies have played a pivotal role for security and peace in tribal areas”. Pakistan sources told chiefs of both the intelligence agencies always maintain consultation process at top level for expanding cooperation in war on terror.

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