Kerry`s visit to Pakistan postponed due to security

Secretary Kerry was set to arrive in Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day visit.

Islamabad: US Secretary of State John Kerry`s much-awaited visit to Pakistan has been postponed once again after his original travel plan was leaked to the media, official sources said on Monday.

A Pakistani official said the visit was being rescheduled at the request of the US and the two sides are in discussion to work out the new dates for possible trip during this week.

Secretary Kerry was set to arrive in Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day visit.

In a statement issued after a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson on Friday, Pakistan said Secretary Kerry will visit in the "next two days".

Later, the statement was revised and issued again saying the Secretary of State is "likely to visit Pakistan in the coming few days".

The US authorities believed that the revelation of possible dates of Kerry`s visit might compromise his security and they postponed the trip, diplomatic sources said.

It was second time that Kerry`s visit was postponed. He was initially planned to travel to Pakistan in June but delayed it due to the situation in the Middle East.

Kerry will be the first high-level US official to tour Pakistan since new government took office after historic May 11 elections.
Relations between the two sides are under considerable strain due to Pakistan`s opposition to the drone strikes.

However, US has appreciated Islamabad for cooperation to open the Taliban office in Qatar which was temporarily closed due to tension between rebels and Kabul. PTI

Parrot abuses UK man trying to rescue it from busy road
London: A sharp-tongued African grey parrot swore at and wildly pecked a good Samaritan in the UK, who was attempting to rescue the bird wandering among traffic.

George, the ungrateful parrot, abused its saviour before biting him ferociously.

The man finally was able to get the grumpy bird into his car and drove it to a local vet`s, where it even lashed out at the staff with its sharp claws.

"The parrot was really grumpy when we first went out to him and started attacking us with his sharp claws," Veterinary nurse Hayley Thompson was quoted as saying by `The Mirror`.

"The rescuer said the parrot told him to `b***er off` and wouldn`t stop trying to bite him. It is funny that the man was told off by the parrot but in reality the bird would have been petrified and very nervous," Thompson told the paper.

The man spotted the parrot in the middle of the road and it seemed to him it was eating, and it looked happy for the man to get out and approach. As the man went to pick the bird up, it pecked wildly at him, she said.

George was found wandering among traffic at Guiseley, West Yorks, after escaping from its owner Ben Homer`s house in Leeds, with the help of an open window.