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Pakistan intelligence chief leaves for Saudi Arabia

(Xinhua)

08:57, September 27, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt.Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha left for Saudi Arabia on Monday after Pakistan-U.S. ties was strained over the U. S. accusation that ISI supported Haqqani network in recent attacks on U.S. targets in Afghanistan, local media reported.

Top military commanders met on Sunday to propose the visit to Saudi Arabia by the ISI chief to brief Saudi leaders on the Pakistan-U.S. tension, reports said..

Pakistan is likely to send envoys to other friendly countries in view of the tension with the U.S., sources said.

Apart from diplomatic efforts, the government has also stepped up consultations with political leaders to seek their support.

The chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen on Thursday called the Haqqani network a "veritable arm" of ISI, the charge denied by Pakistan.

U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta threatened to take unilateral action against the Haqqani network inside Pakistan if the authorities there faided to do so.

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