US national security advisor arrives in Pakistan tomorrow
Rice is scheduled to hold meetings with the country’s political and military leadership on issues of bilateral relations specifically regional issues.
Rice will be accompanied by a high-level delegation and will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday.
Moreover, a top military source said the US national security adviser will hold a separate meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and discussed with him regional security.
Rice's visit comes on the heels of cancellation of talks between India and Pakistan's national security advisers. Earlier, the US had urged both India and Pakistan to resume formal dialogue.
The region also recently saw suspension of the Afghan peace talks after news of Mullah Omar's death.
Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst, said Rice’s visit comes at a time when Pakistan’s relations with both Afghanistan and India have hit a new low.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News Pakistan’s military has had brief clashes with both Indian and Afghan forces, inflicting casualties on civilians.
He added since the death of Mullah Omar Taliban’s supreme leader was made public the peace process in Afghanistan has been stalled and Rice would try to convince Pakistan to revive the process.
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