Afghan Gen­eral Vis­its Pak­istan

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In his re­cent visit to Is­lam­abad, Afghanistan’s De­fense Min­is­ter, Gen­eral Bis­mil­lah Khan Mo­ham­madi, for­mu­lated a joint se­cu­rity plan with Pak­istani mil­i­tary of­fi­cials to en­sure re­gional peace fol­low­ing the with­drawal of US-led for­eign troops in 2014. The vis­it­ing Afghan del­e­ga­tion met Pak­istan’s Chief of Army Staff, Gen­eral Ash­faq Pervez Kayani. Ac­cord­ing to the strate­gic plan, the se­cu­rity forces of Pak­istan and Afghanistan will take over the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments while the role of US-led forces will grad­u­ally de­crease in the months lead­ing to the draw­down date.

The visit of Afghan del­e­gates sig­nals an ef­fort to forge closer de­fense and diplo­matic ties with Pak­istan. The two coun­tries share a com­mon bor­der, which in the past has re­sulted in secu- rity breaches and has jeop­ar­dized bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. The of­fi­cials dis­cussed the re­cent cross-bor­der at­tacks as well as mat­ters of pro­fes­sional in­ter­est, with a spe­cial fo­cus on en­hanc­ing de­fense co­op­er­a­tion and dis­cussing mea­sures that the Afghan Na­tional Army and Pak­istan Army could mu­tu­ally adopt for an en­hanced long-term re­la­tion­ship.

Of­fi­cials from both coun­tries re­newed guar­an­tees to in­crease the level of se­cu­rity co­or­di­na­tion. To en­sure this, the se­cu­rity forces of the two coun­tries would re­ceive mil­i­tary train­ing to counter any threat that may present it­self fol­low­ing the NATO troops’ with­drawal. In ad­di­tion, Pak­istan showed its will­ing­ness to train Afghan sol­diers at its mil­i­tary train­ing in­sti­tu­tions. Gen­eral Bis­mil­lah’s visit to Pak­istan, at a time of tran­si­tion in both coun­tries, tes­ti­fies that Pak-Afghan ties are mov­ing to­wards a broad-based re­la­tion­ship.

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