WASHINGTON  - The US State Department spokesperson avoided to comment on the appointment of new ISI DG Lt-General Zahirul Islam. The spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, when asked about the development replied: “I can’t speak to this individual. I can’t speak to that relationship. It’s an intelligence-to-intelligence relationship.”

 Answering a question about Pak-US ties, she said the United States always wanted the relationship to be on an upward trajectory.