Islamabad: The US on Wednesday denied reports in
Pakistani media that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had
lobbied for an extension to be granted to powerful army chief
Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during her recent visit to the
There have been reports that the government is mulling a
proposal to grant an extension to Kayani, who is set to retire
The media reports had said Clinton had "effectively
lobbied" for an extension in Kayani`s tenure.
A statement issued by the US embassy said that when
Clinton was questioned about her views on the matter during
her visit, she had replied: "This is an internal matter for
Pakistan. We have not, and will not, express an opinion."
The statement said some media reports had "deliberately
misrepresented US policy" and made a "baseless claim of US
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said it is his
prerogative to decide on the issue of extending the army