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CIA chief made clandestine to Pak, met army chief:

February 24, 2014 16:20 IST

Intelligence Agency chief Brennan flew to Pakistan week for a clandestine meeting army chief Gen Raheel to discuss a possible military against militants in the country’s a media report said on

The two officials discussed highly issues of mutual interest, air strikes conducted in tribal since last week and the of a likely military operation the apparent failure of the Tehrik-e-Taliban peace negotiations, The News its sources as saying.

According to the report, Brennan met the army chief on Friday. A official of the US embassy told PTI they were looking the matter. Asked specifically if was confirmation or denial of the meeting, the said, “We have the report and we are looking into it.

combat jets targeted bases in the restive tribal days after the government peace talks with the TTP Pakistan after a militant executed 23 troops abducted in

The CIA chief’s reported visit at a time when the US spy agency has put its campaign in the tribal areas on Pakistan and the US are also holding in Washington on Monday to promote cooperation.

Defence Secretary Yasin Malik is leading the delegation at the talks, part of consultations between defence of the two countries. Relations between the and US security establishments touched the point after the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad that Al qaeda chief Osama bin

But the two sides have reached out to other as US-led forces to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year. On 19, Gen Lloyd Austin, Commander of the US Command, met Gen Sharif and discussed of bilateral interest, the regional situation and the withdrawal of US-led from Afghanistan.

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According to the report in The News, and Sharif may have discussed the of sealing the Afghan side of the if Pakistan decides to launch a offensive against the Taliban in

Brennan’s meeting with was his first interaction with the Army chief since he his office. The heads of the spy agencies of the two last met in August 2012 ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam visited for talks with then CIA David Petraeus.

Following the November 1, 2013 of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud and suspension of North Atlantic Organisation supply routes Pakistan, Pentagon chief Hagel travelled to Islamabad on 9 in a bid to set relations on an even keel.

Alex Philip in Islamabad

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