Drone attacks not discussed with General Kayani: US

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Lahore, Feb.27 (ANI): A day after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood claimed that he had asked Washington to let Islamabad handle the drone attacks on militant hideouts inside its territory, the United States has said that the issue of drone attacks was not discussed with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani.

Talking to mediapersons after holding talks with General Kayani, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said: "The issue of drone attacks inside Pakistan did not come under discussion during the meeting."

General Kayani also met the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Mike Mullen.

Mullen said that the talks helped US to understand the intricacies of the Swat peace deal.

Referring to the US training program being carried out in Pakistan to train security forces against militants, Mullen said that there was nothing 'secret' in it as the 'Train the Trainers' program was launched six months ago.

"The training of the Frontier Corps (FC) personnel by the US officials will improve the FC's capability to fight terrorism in the region," Mullen said.

General Kayani was also honored by the US Army Command and General Staff College, The Daily Times reports. (ANI)

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