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US special envoy calls on COAS

Rawalpindi—Mr Frank J. Ruggiero, Acting US Special Representative for Afghan and Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at General Headquarters on Friday. The visiting dignitary remained with him for some time and discussed the matters of mutual interest, including Pakistan-US military cooperation to fight the menace of terrorism in Afghanistan.

Mr Ruggiero, who is visiting for the first time as Special envoy after the dead of Richard Holbrooke assured that the US would extend all the assistance to Pakistan to fight the menace of terrorism and to overcome other challenges including energy shortages. In this connection he referred to investments being made by the US for up gradation of power house at Tarbela Dam and other thermal power stations.

He appreciated the role of Pakistan army in rooting out the menace of terrorism in Swat, Malakand and from vast areas of tribal agencies. He expressed the hope that Pakistan would take action against militants on its side of the border in North Waziristan. The Chief of Army Staff expressed his condolences on the death of Richard Holbrooke and lauded his valuable services for promoting trust between Pakistan and the United States.—INP

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