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NATO Secretary General visits Pakistan

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 16:43 IST

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NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer arrived in the Pakistan capital on Thursday for talks with the country's leaders on the war against terror and the regional security situation.

Scheffer held talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the Foreign Office this afternoon. He is also scheduled to meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar.

The security of convoys carrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan was expected to figure in Scheffer's talks with the Pakistani leadership. The supplies have been disrupted due to a recent wave of attacks on the convoys in the troubled North West Frontier Province and adjoining tribal belt.

US and NATO officials say Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan have become a safe haven for Taliban and Al Qaida militants, who often use the region to mount cross-border attacks.

NATO heads the International Security Assistance Force, comprising over 51,000 troops from 40 countries, which is helping the Afghan government fight the Taliban.