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Mullen Thanks Pakistani Leaders for Anti-terror Efforts

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 22, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked Pakistani military and intelligence officials here today for their continued efforts to fight terrorism.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen met with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, chief of the Army Staff, and Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director-general of Pakistan’s interservice intelligence agency.

Mullen stopped by Islamabad after talks in Afghanistan with President Hamid Karzai.

Officials speaking on background said that the chairman would discuss “ongoing efforts against extremists, particularly those responsible for the Mumbai attacks” in November.

The Pakistani government has taken steps to break up the group believed responsible for the attacks that held the Indian financial center hostage for three days. The attacks killed almost 200 people and wounded many more. Pakistani officials have arrested members of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other extremist groups involved with the attacks.

In the wake of the attacks, Mullen visited leaders in Pakistan and India. During a Pentagon news conference Dec. 10, Mullen said safe havens in the ungoverned areas of Pakistan allowed the terrorists to plan and train for the attacks in Mumbai.

This is the chairman’s seventh visit to Pakistan since assuming office in October 2007.

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