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May132011

Pakistan's Top Military Officer Cancels Trip to US

Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne pictured on left. AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistan’s top military officer has canceled a scheduled trip to the United States that was supposed to begin late next week “because of the prevailing environment,” according to a military spokesman.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne, was scheduled to visit the U.S. from May 22 to May 27, according to the spokesman.

An analyst close to the Pakistani military believes that Wynne cancelled his trip because senior military officials there have not yet decided what message they want to send to the U.S., especially during such a long, high-profile visit following Osama bin Laden’s death.

Wynne is Pakistan’s most senior officer, although the chief of the Army Staff, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, holds more power.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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