Canada agrees with Pakistan to explore prospects of military cooperation

RAWALPINDI: Newly appointed High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan Ms. Heather Cruden called on Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak on Friday and stressed the need for extending cooperation between the two countries.
She is taking up her new assignment in Pakistan and wanted to be appraised of the ongoing level of military cooperation between Pakistan and Canada, said a press release issued here.
The Secretary Defence expressed satisfaction over the existing level of cooperation between the two countries and appreciated the level of assistance extended by Canada in times of need.
He stressed on the need to explore future prospects of military collaboration between Pakistan and Canada in training of Armed Forces personnel and exchange of visits.
“This exchange programme will be held under an umbrella of Canadian Military Training Assistance Programme”, said Ms Cruden stressing the need for extending cooperation.
On the issue of Afghanistan, Secretary Defence highlighted Pakistan’s commitment towards a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan supports an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led
policy, as a solution to Afghan problems.
During the meeting, other issues like finalization of pending Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Military Training and Cooperation and relaxing clauses for grant of visas, was discussed. Ms. Cruden inquired about Pakistan’s commitment and difficulties in fighting a war against terrorists, upon which the Secretary replied that “Pakistan is fighting as a frontline State against terror.” “We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Over 60,000 deaths and loss of $90 billion is what is our contribution”, he said and added “Still our military is fighting the war as Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber-Two are going on
satisfactorily.”