Hillary arrives in Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 20: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived here Thursday evening on a two-day visit amid escalating tensions between Washington and Islamabad, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan’s ruling party senator Sughra Imam, senior officials of the foreign ministry and US diplomats welcomed Clinton on her arrival.

She flew from Kabul where she held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Ahead of her Islamabad visit, Clinton said she would press Pakistan to take action against guerrillas who enter Afghanistan to attack US as well as Afghan forces.

Clinton will meet Pakistan’s civil and military leadership including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

She will hold formal talks with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and they are likely to address a joint press conference Friday.

Clinton is accompanied by US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Central Intelligence Agency Director David Patraeus and Under-Secretary of Defence for Policy Michele Flournoy and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman.

IANS