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Top US envoy due in Pakistan on Saturday for war on terrorism talks

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is to arrive in Islamabad Saturday on a rescheduled visit to key war-on-terrorism ally Pakistan and Afghanistan, a foreign ministry official said. Armitage, who will be accompanied by top US envoy for South Asia, Christina Rocca, was originally due in Islamabad on Thursday. State Department officials said illness forced the two-day postponement of his visit. He will head to Kabul on Sunday for talks with Afghan officials, the Pakistani official said. After a day’s visit Armitage will return to Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and senior defence ministry officials on Monday. Earlier this week Armitage questioned the commitment of Pakistan’s security forces to blocking fugitive al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters regrouping in Pakistan and infiltrating back into Afghanistan for bloody guerrilla attacks. Full Story

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