Afghanistan seeks to expand defence ties with Pakistan

Published: January 28, 2013

President Asif Ali Zardari met with an Afghan delegation led by Afghanistan's Defence Minister General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in Islamabad on Monday. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: An Afghan delegation headed by Defence Minister General Bismillah Khan Muhammadi met with President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of the Army Staff Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Monday and discussed defence cooperation and war on terror, Radio Pakistan reported.

During the meeting with President in Islamabad the two discussed matters regarding defence cooperation and war on terror. Zardari said Pakistan gives importance to its ties with Afghanistan.

Bismillah Khan said his country wants to promote defence relations with Pakistan.

Meeting with COAS

The defence minister of Afghanistan and COAS discussed matters of professional interest, with particular focus on enhancing mutual defence cooperation at the General Headquarters on Monday, an ISPR release said.

The two sides also deliberated on measures that Afghan National Army and Pakistan Army intend to take for an enduring training relationship.

Operationalisation of recently concluded agreement on Tripartite Border Standing Operating Procedures was also discussed in detail. The agreement is aimed at improving existing security cooperation and intelligence sharing mechanisms, on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border.

The Afghan delegation, in addition to Defence Minister of Afghanistan General Bismillah Khan Muhammadi, included Director General Military Operations Major General Afzal Aman, Director General Military Intelligence and Investigation Major General Abdul Manan Farahi, Inspector General Training Major General Payanda Mohammad Nazim, and Commandant National Defence College Afghanistan Major General Aminullah Karim.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • don
    Jan 29, 2013 - 2:28AM

    Unfaithful Afghans.

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  • s
    Jan 29, 2013 - 3:59AM

    this is the way to go. We are Muslims brothers and sisters and we must unite. Our disunity will only benefit our enemies. Simply follow the command of ALLAH (SWT) and unite.

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  • Fahad Hussain
    Jan 29, 2013 - 6:43AM

    This was the reason for unrest at LOC .

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  • Shaami
    Jan 30, 2013 - 2:28AM

    @don: You are not from Pakistan i guess. There are many Indian trolls here.

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  • Nauman
    Jan 30, 2013 - 6:21AM

    Afghans are thankless brethren…..they have stabbed Pakistan in the back enough and will continue to do so. Pakistan saved them from drowning in their own blood..shed by the Soviets, took millions of them as refugees…….and allowed many of these refugees to flow into Pakistan to live permanently. For this, Pakistan has paid a heavy price….infusion of weapons and militancy into the national fabric. Now, they accuse Pakistan for all their problems. Learn from Israel……build a wall or mine the border.

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