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Rocca begins Pak. visit

ISLAMABAD, JULY 30. The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Ms. Christina B. Rocca, today kicked off her three- day visit to Pakistan by holding meetings with the Governor of the Punjab province in Lahore and later attended a reception here where she informally met a number of Pakistan's officials and politicians.

Ms. Rocca, who made a grand entry to Lahore on Sunday by walking through the Wagah border between India and Pakistan, met the provincial Punjab Governor, Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Mohammad Safdar, before she arrived in Islamabad later in the day. Her entry through the Wagah border was kept a secret till last minute. She arrived at Amritsar from Kathmandu and then drove down to Wagah.

Official reports here said Gen. Safdar briefed her about the efforts by the Pakistan military regime to devolve powers to the local bodies and the progress made in the social sector.

- UNI

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