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Pakistan offers to train Afghan forces

Pakistan offers to train Afghan forces

Nov 06, 2014 - 18:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Raheel Sharif on Thursday offered Afghanistaninfo-icon military, political and economic support, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s offer during a meeting with Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi in Kabul, a brief statement from the ministry said. He offered to train Afghan National Army officers in Pakistan.

The COAS said Pakistan was ready to help Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism and thwarted insurgent movements across the porous border called the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

Gen. Raheel Sharif said elimination of terrorist was in the interest of both countries and a joint strategy was required to quash the militancy on both sides of the Durand Line. 

Mohammadi agreed terrorism was destabilising both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He believed the neighbours move forward when the threat of terrorism was warded off or eliminated.

The minister stressed the need for more frequent meetings between security officials of the two counties to evolve an effective strategy for combating terrorists.

The Pakistan Army Chief was on a daylong visit to Kabul to attend the trilateral security meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon).



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