Pakistan, Australia Agree To Enhance Defense Ties

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Pakistan, Australia Agree To Enhance Defense Ties
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A meeting between officials from the two nations resulted in an agreement to develop cooperation on defense matters.

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On Wednesday Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson visited Pakistani Defence Secretary Muhammad Alam Khattak to discuss bilateral cooperation, according to The Daily Times.

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Defense ties to be enhanced following productive meeting

According to a resulting press release, Pakistan and Australia have ties of goodwill, and relations are currently cordial as a result of mutual trust. Australia has a strong record of providing humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in times of crisis, including during floods.

Khattak thanked Australia for the increased number of scholarships offered to Pakistani students, and the extra places for trainee cadets. He also said that he appreciated Australia’s role in reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and emphasized that a peaceful Afghanistan is of vital importance to the maintenance of peace in Pakistan.

Adamson told Khattak that Pakistan’s efforts to maintain regional peace were appreciated in Australia, and applauded the Zarb-e-Azb military operation. She hailed those who had sacrificed their lives for the security of Pakistan, and agreed that military-to-military cooperation between the two nations should be enhanced.

Indian officials also meet with Australian counterparts

At the same time, Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju received Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews at his office in New Delhi. According to reports, Rijiju made a thinly-veiled reference to Pakistan during discussions, claiming that some of India’s neighbors were responsible for sponsoring terrorism.

The Indian Minister also claimed that some countries were working to derail global efforts to curtail terror funding, according to a press release. India consistently accuses Pakistan of funding terrorists who carry out operations on Indian soil.

Suspicions intensified following the deadly 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, and it appears that India wants to draw attention to the issue. Both India and Pakistan enjoy good relations with Australia, but the historical rivalry between the two Asian neighbors seems to make its presence felt in every arena.

Rijiju took the opportunity to implicate Pakistan in the funding of terrorism during discussions which covered intelligence-sharing, combating international terrorism, cyber security and improvements to border and maritime security.

Both Rijiju and Andrews emphasized the growing partnership between the two nations, agreeing to deepen bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and the extension of these areas of interest.

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As the geopolitical situation in Asia becomes ever more complex, both nations are attempting to maintain good relations with foreign powers. Pakistan continues to enjoy the benefits of its close relationship with China, much to the annoyance of India.

India’s historically strong relationship with Russia is not looking so fruitful given the current economic plight of the country, and its increasing international isolation. While Pakistan has attracted huge amounts of investment from China, India has been left out in the cold due to poor relations with Beijing.

Increasing regional security is a major step in ensuring continued economic growth in India and Pakistan, and New Delhi consistently links Islamabad with terrorist groups in an attempt to discredit Pakistan in the eyes of the international community. If both nations can put aside their traditional enmity there may be hope for peace and the opportunity to concentrate on development rather than war.

In the meantime Australia looks set to cooperate with both nations separately, rather than a more effective multilateral cooperation.

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  1. its not the answer for my question…the question is simple who created Taliban? from where did it get weapons?

    you get irritated when raised question on taliban and Pakistan?..from where did it launch attack on Soviets who captured Afghan?…lies upon lies to cover up…so why is PAK cleansing it’s land on the basis of terrorist? back fired?

    And regarding to your question…Hindu ISIS is Bajrang Dal…but it never crossed borders. It’s a kill weapon for minorities over here in India…there are lot many RSS, Shiva Sena, Ram Sena…but all are inside India…and they don’t have great skills to operate outside India.

    “Pakistan Spends $1.9 Billion on Anti-Taliban Offensive”

  2. what ever evidence we give to pakistan they have the habit of no accepting their wring doing..when afghan security itself pointed cross border from pakistan did this how can you hide the fact?

  3. in which terms Pakistan spoiled Afghans? with my experience of Afghans I can tell you one thing for sure…… they can not be a slave (by force) of any nation for the next 5500 years.

  4. Indian embassy bombed in Afg is related to Pakistan……….I don’t think so…unless there is sufficient evidence available otherwise and which is proven somewhere in the court of law.
    Unfortunately, Afg has myriad issues …their country is total messed up, no economy, no businesses, etc. their only exports are drugs and terror. The country is a total mess and not in control of its government at any level.

  5. one example i can quote is that in Afghan[KABUL] only Indian embassy gets bomb blast s gifts not the PAK how come this happen..for that too you would have answer..they keep themselves and blame on PAK to spoil its image…this is what am i right VALUE?

  6. this is how the world media say…that Pakistan spoiled Afghan after the invasion of Russians..and Afghan always will remain the slave of PAK..but seems for me you turn the table

  7. thanks for your value talk that i always welcome as it corrects me…sorry for my harsh comments…since that fellow painted as if he roamed for decades to judge india…sorry once again thanks Value

  8. I don’t think you can or you shall be personal with anybody at this forum.
    Always remember that when a country is claiming something it is not necessary that their assertion is 100% true. People can ask questions especially when everything is being said or done by few and who are eventually killed afterwards.

  9. India has developing countries as its neighbours. Whereas, Pakistan has always a headache country named Afghanistan.
    Millions of Afghans have been living in Pakistan, using Pakistani passports, airports, foriegn ambassies, hospitals, etc etc and still blaming us for everything that went wrong there.

  10. “I believe Pakistan has terrorism issue however not State sponsored,”
    — who created Taliban?

    “whereas State / country India has killed at least 68000 Kashmiris ,
    almost half of its army is in Kashmir ( which it claims that it is is
    part of India, let us say even it is ; why do they have half of their
    forces there ?) ”
    — when we say that Kashmir is part of India who are the other Idiots to Question our own army to be placed inside Kashmir?

    “Not only in Kashmir, India has or had its dirty hands
    in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, now in Nepal , it has killed and destroyed
    minorities’ places of worship.”
    — Do you knkow who ruled Bangaldesh and how it got freedom?
    — Nepal was part of India until we gave freedom…so don’t worry about it.
    — Sri lanka i can say it’s something different over there..it’s only for Tamil & Singale issue

    “It has hands in Baluchistan, Afghanistan
    and many more places at home it is the cruelest society ( that human
    history has witnessed ) ”
    — Man you are been eye blined by the media over there in PAK…you need to google to know the correct reason.

    “it kills millions of unborn baby girls very
    year; along with Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and with straight face
    claims to be PEACE LOVINF SOCIETY can anyone tell me if I am wrong.”
    — as a minority Indian i can accept this, but still i can’t say that PAK is heaven and i can also say that twice it happens in PAK than India

  11. you are a frog inside well and you will never ever come out till your death…
    who is Mullah Omar?
    whole world believes it…oh only if you see Osama’s face you will believe?
    who asked you to believe..none is forcing you to believe…be inside Well and call others idiot…thank GOD you never come out, which is safe for humans living in PAK too.

  12. but why the foreign people always place a travel ban on PAK? and not in India?
    Compare the Tourism amount of each country it will speak.
    Did 2 years back playing cricket by foreigner banned in PAK?
    Where did they catch Osama? Indian agency hide him in PAK?
    where did the school going girl been short for giving rose…in India?
    Who is Taliban? how did Omar dead?
    Is there any US drone strike in India?

  13. “India wants to blame Pakistan for its problems. ”
    — can you point what all problems that India pointed on PAK other than terrorism?

    “Over 90% of Indian population lives below poverty line ”
    — i can say that you know english thats the reason you commented but lack in Mathematical calculation.
    Can you say on what formula you placed 90%…is PAK a luxury country? don’t you know Cricket teams avoid coming to PAK? don’t you know Foreign nations gave a travel band to visit PAK?
    don’t you know that Indian Economy is fast growing and India is the only competitor for Chinese economy?

    “but the country is acting like a spoiled brat and playing the blame game.”
    — when pointed the truth, it’s not blame game…

    “If India wants to frame Pakistan on anything then Pakistan should bring the topic of Indian occupation of Kashmir ”
    — google the world map on the topic PoK

    “and their inhuman treatment of Muslims by Hindu fanatic government in New Delhi.”
    — save the muslims inside PAK, then help the hindus and christians living there then point at others

  14. India wants to blame Pakistan for its problems. Over 90% of Indian population lives below poverty line but the country is acting like a spoiled brat and playing the blame game.

    If India wants to frame Pakistan on anything then Pakistan should bring the topic of Indian occupation of Kashmir and their inhuman treatment of Muslims by Hindu fanatic government in New Delhi.

  15. You Indian idiot, Osa_ma was never in Pakistan, it was just a made up story to make US President Obama look good. Why did they not show his face to the world to prove if they had actually captured him, it was just a hoax, to make Obama look good, that’s all.

  16. As usual Indian flies are swarming in topic which should not concern them. Looks like they have no interest in their own problem infested poorest country of the world, so they feel jealous of Pakistan and always posting negative stuff on all the forums as its their national duty. Shame on all of you Indians, you have no life, obviously there are a billion Plus useless jobless people who have nothing better to do than post negative posts about other countries in the region, specially against Pakistan. Get a life you dirty indian pests.

  17. my friend,you are completely wrong about India. It is necessary to secure border to stop infiltration of terrorist from Pakistan.That why half of its army is there.you know and i know that Pakistan is hub of terrorist group.Every single terrorist group is present in Pakistan.Do you know how many people are dying from terrorist attack in Pakistan.Lot more than India. Why????. Figure in out.

  18. you are completely wrong. it is not neccessary to explain pakistan role in terrorism. that everyboby knows in the world.
    OBL to OMAR.

  19. I believe Pakistan has terrorism issue however not State sponsored, whereas State / country India has killed at least 68000 Kashmiris , almost half of its army is in Kashmir ( which it claims that it is is part of India, let us say even it is ; why do they have half of their forces there ?) Not only in Kashmir, India has or had its dirty hands in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, now in Nepal , it has killed and destroyed minorities’ places of worship. It has hands in Baluchistan, Afghanistan and many more places at home it is the cruelest society ( that human history has witnessed ) it kills millions of unborn baby girls very year; along with Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and with straight face claims to be PEACE LOVINF SOCIETY can anyone tell me if I am wrong.

  20. Pakistan is the haven for Terrorists (like late Bin Laden, Al -Quida chief Dr. Al-zhouri, millions of other big or small terrorists from all around the world. So Australia is giving bride to Pakistan for not sending Terrorists in their country.

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