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New ISI Chief, Gen­eral Is­lam’s first of­fi­cial visit to the U.S. broke the dead­lock and sur­pris­ingly achieved more than was expected.

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By S.G. Ji­la­nee “within days and weeks, not months and years.” But Pak­istan shrugged it off. Later De­fense Sec­re­tary Panetta de­clared, in In­dia, that the US was run­ning out of pa­tience.

Mean­while in­ci­dents of “green on blue at­tacks,” as the killings of US troops by Afghan troops and po­lice­men is called, have be­come more fre­quent even as the dead­line for with­drawal draws nearer. The US is there­fore now more des­per­ate than ever for im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

It is against this back­drop that Gen Is­lam’s visit has to be ex­am­ined. The Amer­i­cans are aware of his im­por­tance as the ISI chief, es­pe­cially, be­cause they main­tain that the ISI has links with the Haqqani net­work. His as­sis­tance is there­fore con­sid­ered as most cru­cial. How­ever, “a vague air of mys­tery” sur­rounds him. Ac­cord­ing to fer­ent from his pre­de­ces­sor, Pasha. There­fore, in or­der to cul­ti­vate work­able and en­gaged re­la­tions with him, his coun­ter­part Gen. David Pe­traeus threw a din­ner for him and Pak­istan am­bas­sador to USA, Sherry Rehman. Ad­di­tion­ally, be­fore his meet­ing with Pe­traeus, Is­lam had al­ready met with CIA deputy di­rec­tor Michael J. Mor­rell at Sherry Rehman’s res­i­dence. Later he had an “im­por­tant pol­icy meet­ing” at the State Depart­ment with Pres­i­dent Obama’s spe­cial co­or­di­na­tor for Afghanistan and Pak­istan, Lt Gen Dou­glas E. Lute. This meet­ing was also at­tended by US Spe­cial En­voy, Marc Gross­man.

Later, there was a din­ner at Am­bas­sador Rehman’s res­i­dence. Guests in­cluded “chairs of the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, Dianne Fe­in­stein and the House In­tel­li­gence, Mike

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