The new CIA chief, Leon Panetta, held high-level talks on Saturday in Pakistan focused on a massive review of US strategy in the war against Islamist militants in South Asia.

Panetta, who arrived in Pakistan on his first overseas trip since taking office as the head of the CIA last month, held talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and would meet President Asif Ali Zardari during the short visit on Sunday.

Panetta also held talks with Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the director general of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Earlier this week, the CIA chief visited India, where Indian officials discussed the November terrorist attack in Mumbai.

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