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DG ISI Lt-Gen Nadeem Anjum holds security talks with CIA Director and US NSA in Washington

Pakistan, US hold security talks ahead of FM Bilawal's visit

The combination photo shows DG ISI Lt-Gen Nadeen Anjum (L) and US CIA chief William Burns. —Photo courtesy: DawnNewsTV/Reuters

The combination photo shows DG ISI Lt-Gen Nadeen Anjum (L) and US CIA chief William Burns. —Photo courtesy: DawnNewsTV/Reuters

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and the United States completed their security level talks in Washington on Wednesday, days before a scheduled meeting between their foreign policy chiefs is scheduled to be held in New York.

Inter-Services Intelligence Director-General (DG ISI) Lt-Gen Nadeem Anjum spent three days in Washington this week, meeting senior security officials, including US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and CIA Director William J. Burns.

Neither side disclosed the details of these meetings, but the talks are believed to have focused on bilateral security concerns and the situation in Afghanistan, as the US believes that Pakistan can help stabilise the war-torn country.

The last security level talks between the two countries were held in July 2021, when then-National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf met Mr Sullivan at White House. The Pakistani delegation had also included former ISI chief Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed.

Later, Mr Sullivan said in a tweet that their talks focused on ‘regional connectivity and security, and “the urgent need for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan.”

The current ISI chief’s visit followed an unprecedented deterioration in Pakistan-US ties, triggered by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim that Washington conspired with opposition leaders to topple his government.

At a news briefing on Tuesday, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price rejected Mr. Khan’s claims as speculations and lies, adding that the United States will not let “lies get in the way” of its bilateral ties with Pakistan, a relationship, he stressed, the US values.

“We are not going to let propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation — lies — get in the way of any bilateral relationship we have, including with the bilateral relationship we have with Pakistan, one we value,” he said while responding to a question about Mr. Khan’s claims.

On March 27, days before his ouster, the former PM brandished a letter at a rally in Islamabad, claiming it contained evidence of a “foreign conspiracy” hatched to topple his government.

All three wings of the US administration - the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department - have rejected the accusations, saying there’s no veracity to them.

During Tuesday’s briefing, Mr. Price was also asked about a call made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Pakistan’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari last week, during which the US official invited Bilawal to a United Nations food security summit on York in New on May 18.Mr. Price said that Mr Blinken and Mr Bhutto-Zardari also discussed the “ongoing engagement when it comes to our economic ties, trade and investment, climate, energy, health, and education.”

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2022



Jul 26, 2011
New Zealand
Lets hope they shoot their own foot and provide bases to the US.
I sure hope they play all their cards and likely will as promises were possibly made.

Either they have a plan or are just over confident given the half-baked govt in the country.

Whatever the outcome I hope the country gets on the path to prosperity with benefits for the common people.

Why use the word "Establishment"? Why not just say armed forces or GHQ? Is this historical or just a nice way of naming someone without naming them?


Apr 18, 2022
Establishment entails the generals, senior bureaucrats, influential citizens, few politicians.

Armed forces are good people and do not have a say in these matters.


May 7, 2010
Saudi Arabia
Before going to US this guy met nawaz shareef in London as per aniq naji son of nazeer naji. Later shareef called his party in London to discuss matters. Damn.


Apr 28, 2014
United Kingdom
My question is should IK get 2/3rd? If he gets, can he do something like what NS did in 1998? I know IK is not like that but establishment mustn't rig or 'manage' the election like before. IK needs 2/3rd so to roleback 18th amendment, ECP and police reforms. We must free bureaucracy from the clutches of politcians.. Also, we need to create Karachi a separate province or federal area. I hope IK must assure extablishment taht 2/3rd won't be against the establishment but against his own kinds (political hegemoney)

Umair Nawaz

Sep 10, 2012
our armed forces need to realize that, these r the same Americans who r their own enemy no 1 right now. Even more then India. The damage they have done to them n Pak is far more then India was/is or will ever be capable of doing.

Gullalai Ismail, Hussain Haqqani and countless other are still being sheltered by them!:-)

In 21st century, our relations with them arnt important. Pakistan can live without them!
While the relationship which benefits us are in East not in North America or Europe!

Its not just abt IK, its abt themselves and specially Pakistan!

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