Bulk of troops on Indian border rather than Afghan souring Pak-US military ties

June 7th, 2008 - 2:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington , June 7 (ANI): Western military officers and diplomats are of the opinion that relations between the US military and the Pakistan Army were now at their worst point since 9/11, 2001, because of Pakistan s insistence of deploying its troops along the border with India , writes Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid in the Washington Post.

According to him, there were also signs that Washington was delaying delivery of US arms meant for the eastern front and was asking Western allies to do the same.

He wrote in the paper that Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani had told US military and NATO officials that he would not retrain or re-equip troops to fight the counterinsurgency war along Pakistan s western border. Instead, his report added, the bulk of the Army would stay deployed on Pakistan s border with India .

While the US is training and equipping 100,000 troops of the Pakistan Frontier Corps, it has rejected Pakistani requests to equip four to five new units, Rashid claims.

According to the report, the Taliban virtually rule FATA. The Pakistani army, it added, was shaken because of the losses it had suffered, which is why it had offered peace deals to the Taliban, which unfortunately did not stop the Taliban from attacking NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. These attacks from Pakistan are said to have risen sharply, said Rashids report. (ANI)

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