Islamabad: US Special Envoy for Pakistan and
Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, has called off a visit to
Islamabad after he was informed that no important officials
would be available to meet him because of prior commitments.
Holbrooke had planned to visit Islamabad on June 9 for
discussions on the just concluded India-US Strategic Dialogue,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton`s visit to China, the
Afghan peace jirga and the Pakistan-US official-level talks
beginning on June 11.
However, he was informed that President Asif Zardari and
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi would not be in
Islamabad on that date.
Zardari is scheduled to visit Uzbekistan for the Shanghai
Cooperation Organisation meet and Qureshi will travel to
Turkey for the Conference on Interaction and
Confidence-Building Measures in Asia summit.
"Mr Holbrooke`s visit on (June 9) has been cancelled," a
senior official at the Foreign Office was quoted as saying by
the Dawn newspaper.
This would have been Holbrooke`s eighth visit to Pakistan
since assuming office early last year, and the third this
During earlier visits, he met Zardari, Qureshi, Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir,
army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed
Holbrooke had to earlier cancel a visit to India after
the government told him that no officials would be available
to meet him.
US Embassy spokesman Rick Snelsire said June 9 was one of
several dates discussed for Holbrooke`s visit though the trip
was not happening this week.