General Qamar Javed Bajwa to meet Biden administration officials in the US

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in the US for a nearly weeklong visit, which included meetings with senior officials of the Biden administration, state media reported.
This is General Bajwa's first official visit to the United States since 2019. (File Photo)
This is General Bajwa's first official visit to the United States since 2019. (File Photo)Barth / MSC (Wikimedia Commons)

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in the US for a nearly weeklong visit, which included meetings with senior officials of the Biden administration, state media reported.

"Yes, he is here," said Pakistan's Ambassador Sardar Masood Khan, when journalists asked him for information about the Army Chief's visit, Dawn reported.

While the envoy refrained from sharing the Chief's itinerary, other sources said General Bajwa was expected to meet Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, National Intelligence Director Avril D. Haines, and CIA Director William J. Burns, Dawn reported.

According to sources, General Bajwa is trying to secure a meeting with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. (File Photo)
According to sources, General Bajwa is trying to secure a meeting with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. (File Photo)Freddie Everett (Wikimedia Commons)

Pakistani officials are also trying to secure a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"It is very likely, but not confirmed yet," a source said.

General Bajwa landed at LaGuardia in New York on Friday, flying from London on his official plane along with his senior aides. He was expected to arrive in Washington over the weekend, and Monday and Tuesday have been set aside for official meetings.

This is General Bajwa's first official visit to the United States since 2019. (File Photo)
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On Wednesday, the Pakistan Army Chief will meet members of various think tanks and other scholars interested in Pakistan affairs.

While General Bajwa has kept in close contact with US officials over the past few years, his last official visit to the US came in 2019, when he accompanied then-Prime Minister Imran Khan on a three-day trip to Washington. (KB/IANS)

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