Pakistan, BD army chiefs discuss defence co-operation
* Visiting army chief meets Kayani, Mukhtar, Majid
* Shows interest in Pakistan’s assistance to upgrade Bangladesh’s tanks and aircraft
RAWALPINDI: Bangladesh’s Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed met COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Tuesday.
According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations, both the army chiefs agreed to enhance the existing level of defence relationship between the two countries. They also discussed developing a common understanding on strategic issues.
The Bangladeshi COAS was presented a guard of honour upon arrival at the GHQ.
Gen Ahmed, on a six-day visit to Pakistan, also visited the Defence Ministry and met Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar. They exchanged views on the various aspects of bilateral defence co-operation and underscored the need for enhanced interaction between the armed forces of the two countries.
The ministry said in a statement Mukhtar briefed Gen Ahmed on the potential of the defence industry of Pakistan. He highlighted the combat capabilities of JF-17 Thunder aircraft, and the Al-Khalid and Al-Zarrar tanks.
The defence minister offered Bangladesh assistance in the defence sector. The two sides agreed to increase mutual exchanges at different levels and to further strengthen the existing relations for the mutual benefit of the two countires.
Mukhtar informed Gen Ahmed of President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent visit to China. He said the visit was highly fruitful, and the two countries signed agreements to strengthen their strategic partnership and intensify economic, trade and defence co-operation.
The Bangladeshi COAS also called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid at the Joint Staff Headquarters, Chaklala. The two generals discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security and enhancement of defence ties.
Majid highlighted the importance of the special relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh, characterised by religious affinity and common views.
Both generals expressed satisfaction on the existing level of military co-operation between the two countries and stressed the need to further enhance the ties by holding joint training exercises, joint venture in defence production and the purchase of defence equipment.
Shows interest: Gen Ahmed showed special interest in purchasing military equipment from Pakistan and asked for assistance in upgrading Bangladesh’s fleet of T-59 tanks through a joint venture.
He also showed interest in obtaining assistance in the overhauling of aircraft in the Bangladesh Air Force, the holding of special forces joint exercises and purchase of communication equipment. The Bangladeshi COAS proposed to exchange instructors at staff college level. staff report/app