US joint chiefs of staff chairman Mike Mullen's decision to skip Pakistan during his last tour to the region suggests a continuing stalemate in Pakistan-US military ties, especially on counter-terrorism strategies.
Admiral Mullen visited Afghanistan and Iraq and did not stopover in Pakistan, which would have been normally a part of his trip to the region.
"We were just informed that he wouldn't visit Pakistan. We are not aware of any reasons," the Dawn quoted a US military official as saying.
Admiral Mullen, whose tenure ends next month, however, spoke to Pakistan army chief general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before leaving for Afghanistan, possibly explaining the reasons for omitting Pakistan from his tour.