Pakistan Army offers to train more Afghan forces

  • COAS Qamar Bajwa reiterates anti-terror cooperation during Kabul visit
  • So far, six Afghan army cadets have received military training in PMA

KABUL – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has offered to train Afghan security forces, while reiterating his pledge of support to fight against terrorism during his visit to the neigbouring country.

“COAS offered Pakistan’s complete support in achieving shared interests in war against terrorism, including training and capacity building of Afghan Security Forces,” according to the military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations’s (ISPR).

So far, six Afghan army cadets have received military training in Pakistan.

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The Pakistani delegation including also chief of Inter-Service Intelligence came after the announcement of a new US strategy on Afghanistan in August. The strategy calls for Pakistan to tackle terror sanctuaries in its soil.

In the meeting with President Ashraf Ghani, the Pakistani side vowed to cooperate with Afghanistan on countering terror.

An exchange of perspectives spanned the full range of Pak-Afghan relationship. Plethora of issues related to long-term peace, coordination between counter-terrorism campaigns, limiting the space for non-state actors, cooperation against the shared threats, intelligence sharing and people-to-people contacts were discussed, the ISPR statement added.

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They also evaluated the existent security environment in the region generally.

General Bajwa accompanied by a delegation of high level Pakistani officials arrived in Kabul on Sunday.