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Pakistani Army chief to visit Britain end-September

slamabad, Sep 5 (IANS) Pakistani Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
will visit Britain in the last week of September for discussions on
military ties between the two countries.

Kayani’s visit is expected to give a new direction to the military
relations between his country and Britain, which is playing an important
role in the war against Taliban in Afghanistan, the Urdu daily Jang
reported Monday.

According to diplomatic sources, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
has cleared Kayani’s trip to London, it added. No other details were
immediately available.

The trip assumes added significance given the growing chill in the
relationship between Pakistan and the US ever since the May 2 killing of
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in his safehouse in Abbotabad city and
the killing of three Pakistanis in Lahore by a CIA operative, it said.

Military aid from the US has virtually dried up since then, Jang noted.

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