Recently retired Pakistani Gen. Ehsan ul-Haq, the former No. 3 officer in the military, said Pakistan has increased both the numbers and quality of its commando forces in the war against Islamic extremists.
The Pakistan military’s Special Services Group numbers more than 10,000 troops and is on the front line in fighting terrorists operating throughout the country, especially in remote border areas.
“These are very, very professional forces, elite and highly trained,” Gen. Ehsan said during a meeting with reporters and editors of The Washington Times.
The general said the commandos are experts at what the British once called “frontier warfare.”
The commandos were supported by training and equipment provided by the U.S., he said.