Maiden trip to US: Army chief presents Pakistan's perspective on regional security

Gen Sharif, on maiden trip to US, discusses Pak-Afghan military ties, Indian aggression along LoC with Gen Austin

Afp/web Desk November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif discussed regional security and stability with General Lloyd Austin at the US Central Command during their meeting in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

According to DG ISPR Major-General Asim Bajwa, Gen Sharif gave Pakistan’s perspective on regional security, improving Pakistan-Afghanistan military relations. Indian aggression along the Line of Control (LoC) during frank discussions on all issues.

Gen Raheel, currently on a tour of the US, was accompanied by Director General Military Operations as well as Maj-Gen Bajwa at the US military base where they were received with military guard of honour.

Gen Sharif's trip comes against the backdrop of improved relations between the two governments with Washington encouraged by Pakistan's offensive against militants in the tribal areas.

According to US officials, Gen Sharif is scheduled to meet a host of high rankning US defense officials during his tour. The Army Chief, who arrived in Washington on Sunday, is scheduled to meet the US Army chief General Ray Odierno, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and the deputy defense secretary Robert Work, over the next two days.

This is Gen Sharif's first trip to the United States since he took over as COAS in November 2013. It is also the first US visit of any Pakistani army chief since 2010.

Gen Sharif's predecessor, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, had an often tense relationship with Washington amid accusations Islamabad was failing to take action against Haqqani extremists and other insurgents based in Pakistan that orchestrate attacks on American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

A senior US officer in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, told reporters this month that the military operations in North Waziristan had "fractured" the Haqqani network.

The campaign "has very much disrupted their efforts here and has caused them to be less effective in terms of their ability to pull off an attack here in Kabul," Anderson said by video link from Kabul.

US officials are also hopeful that a new president in Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, can bolster cooperation and dialogue between Kabul and Islamabad, just as NATO's US-led force withdraws from the fight against the Taliban.

Ghani traveled to Pakistan last week for talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai routinely accused Pakistan of backing the Taliban insurgency to destabilise his country as a hedge against Indian influence there.


Awais | 7 years ago | Reply

@pak47 ..... I can tell you why because he is a good guy and we trust him and we don't trust our filthy government which loots people from billions of dollars on which the ppl completely have the right over! General Raheel Shareef does not spend thousands and millions on foreign tours and living! He does it for the security of this nation and developing secure relation with the world meanwhile the filthy Noora government creates a fuss on every single National/International stage and loves to have this habit of wearing a 30 crore rupee watch and luxurious lifestyle meanwhile his countrymen die from poverty! @truthful Mole ....... How abt India's army stop licking every other single Nation's Central Commander's shoes @Nazir Terrorism? Yeah the 'proxy terrorism'! Anyhow that's not my business what I know is our army has launched a large scale operation and has proved to give all the terrorists a pain in the As$ @xvb... Can sustain it anytime anywhere, for now they let the army deal with the terrorists along with the every other single pressure which will all fade away with time :)

pak47 | 7 years ago | Reply

People question why PM is gone out of country for 2 days. I'm surprised why these same people don't question Army Chief's 7 day long visit to U.S.

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