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Clinton tipped to visit Pakistan this week.

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 17 Kyodo

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is likely to visit Pakistan on Thursday and Friday to hold talks on bilateral and regional issues including Afghanistan, according to diplomatic sources.

They said Clinton's impending visit is part of the ongoing international efforts to find common ground with major players in Afghanistan for a political settlement to the decade-long Afghan imbroglio.

It is also aimed at damage control after Pakistan-U.S. relations nosedived in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces on Pakistani soil and U.S. allegations that Taliban-affiliated Haqqani militants, which are accused of cross-border attacks in Afghanistan, are being supported by Pakistan's powerful spy agency.
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Date:Oct 17, 2011
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