General Kayani cancels London visit

Pakistan’s army chief has cancelled a visit to London for talks on Monday, the British Ministry of Defence said, amid growing US allegations of Pakistani links to insurgents.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had been due to meet with British Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

“My understanding is that the meeting was cancelled due to diary commitments,” a defence ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that the meeting had been due to cover an “overview of defence matters.” The spokesman would not say when Britain received notice that the meeting had been cancelled.

US officials last week accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency of involvement in the September 13 attack on its embassy in Kabul and a September 11 attack on a NATO base in central Afghanistan.