ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States on Monday agreed on the need for better coordination at the Pak-Afghan border in order to prevent cross-border movement of terrorists and attacks.
The current Afghan situation with particular focus on the security at the Pak-Afghan border was discussed during a meeting between a visiting top US general and army chief General Raheel Sharif.
General John F Campbell, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, met Gen Raheel Sharif at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, days after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed when their check post came under attack from across the border in South Waziristan Agency.
The ISPR confirmed that during the meeting between the US general and the army chief regional security with particular emphasis on coordination along the Pak-Afghan border was discussed.
Relations between Islamabad and Kabul have been strained by growing trust-deficit in recent months. Both sides have often accused each other for doing little to fight militants.
General Raheel Sharif said that training is a vital part of every soldier’s professional development and must remain a hallmark to accomplish the assigned mission.
He remarked while interacting with participants of the Pakistan Army Rifle Association (Para) Central Meet, the biggest shooting competition of the country, organised after a hiatus of five years.
Speaking at the closing ceremony at the firing ranges near Jhelum, Gen Raheel appreciated the shooters on their excellent standard of marksmanship. According to ISPR, a total of 800 competitors, including 33 civilians of 28 teams, from across the country participated in 22 events.
The Pakistan Army won to become champion in Inter Services Firing Competition. General Raheel awarded trophies and medals to the winners and runners-up.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2015.
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