Pakistan offers to train Afghan army


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has offered training to Afghanistan army and police and also offered to increase cooperation in various fields with Afghanistan.

Talking to a private TV channel said that in the conference the importance of Pakistan was admitted and besides military options, other options for the solution of Afghanistan issue were also discussed.” We would have to move forward by keeping the ground realities in mind, “ adding, “ the Afghanistan government has sought help from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in talks with Taliban”.

Qureshi said that Afghanistan has to prepare 0.3 million army and police officials by 2011.

“According to Pakistan point of view, the conference was very successful and addressing our reservations is our great success”, he added. He said that Hamid Karzai has sought five years time for normalizing the situation in his country.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the international conference in London on Afghanistan’s future, marked a “decisive” moment in Afghanistan’s history.

While he warned that British and international troops fighting the Taliban would face more “tough times” ahead, he said a process was being put in place that would enable them to return home.

“It will take time but I believe that the conditions set out in the plan that we will sign up today can be met sooner than many expect and, as a result, the process of handover district-by-district will begin later this year,” he said speaking to a 60-nation conference in London. “It will mark the beginning of a new phase and a decisive step towards Afghans taking responsibility for their own security.”

  1. neel123
    January 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Will the Afghans accept any Pakistani offer to train their army ?

    Pakistanis have the lowest popularity amongst the Afghans, even lower than the Americans !

    Why would they allow their enemy number 1 on their soil ?

  1. January 31, 2010 at 1:31 am

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