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