Monday, 26 September 2011
Kayani meets top generals as rift with US deepens
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani met with his top commanders on Sunday in a "special" meeting to discuss the security situation , the military said, as the war of words with the United States escalated.
The extraordinary meeting of the corps commanders came against the backdrop of sharp US allegations that Pakistan army's powerful spy agency supported the Haqqani militant group.
"The prevailing security situation was discussed," military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas said.
Kayani, who is departing for London later on Sunday to address the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal College of Defence Studies, chaired the meeting.
Separately, US CENTCOM commander General James N Mattis met with chairman of Pakistan's joint chiefs of staff committee Khalid Shameem Wyne who expressed concern over the "negative statements emanating from the United States" .
"He (Wyne) stressed upon addressing the irritants in relationship which are a result of an extremely complex situation," the military said in a statement.