Pakistan’s Chief of Military Workers (COAS), Gen. Raheel Sharif, wrapped up a four-day go to to Australia.
On the August 5-Eight vist, Sharif mentioned regional safety and protection cooperation with Australia’s protection minister David Johnston and protection secretary Dennis Richardson. He additionally met Australia’s Division of International Affairs, Commerce Secretary Peter Varghese, and International Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
Among the many subjects mentioned had been “Pakistan’s safety perspective in reference to its ongoing Operation in North Waziristan,” its “general counter terrorism contributions not solely inside Pakistan however for all the area and past,” and its counter-IED experience, based on the Pakistan army’s media relations department, Inter Service Public relations (ISPR).
Sharif additionally talked about strengthening protection ties with Australian Military Chief Lt. Gen. David Morrison, then took half in a roundtable dialogue hosted by Australia’s Vice Chief of Defence Forces, Vice Adm. Ray Griggs, together with the opposite service chiefs and senior Ministry of Defence officers.
A former Australian protection attaché to Islamabad, Brian Cloughley, expressed preliminary shock that Australia had invited Sharif, “as Canberra a lot favors India and is attempting to forge nearer financial ties, together with provide of uranium.”
He says Australia’s tilt in direction of India could hamper growth of its bilateral relationship with Pakistan.
“There had been discuss of Pakistan and Australia cooperating over drones, however given the India card I do not see that occuring. New Delhi would object vociferously,” he mentioned.
Cloughley described the go to as “routine” and mentioned he would have been shocked had “something substantive” come from the go to.
Pakistan analyst Claude Rakisits, a non-resident Senior Fellow on the Washington-based Atlantic Council, mentioned Australia desires to construct on an rising relationship.
“Through the decade-long involvement in Afghanistan, Australia constructed up an necessary army relationship with Pakistan, notably, however not solely, within the space of counter-insurgency,” Rakisits mentioned. “Australia would need to proceed to construct on that as we transfer on to a post-2014 state of affairs in Afghanistan.”
He added, “It will be significant word that after the US, Australia is Pakistan’s most necessary companion in counter-insurgency coaching.”
He says efforts to enhance the bilateral relationship have been happening for some years now.
“Australia and Pakistan have had high-level strategic talks, each official and 1.5 observe, for about 5 years and these have been a chance to have an change on problems with widespread curiosity to each nations. I used to be concerned within the 1.5-track dialogue a few years in the past and I discovered them very frank and a window on the Pakistan army’s views of the world.”
Rakisits says there may be apparent motive for Australia desirous to be on good phrases with Pakistan.
“Whereas the Australia-Pakistan relationship shouldn’t be that deep on the whole, Canberra desires to maintain all channels of communication open with an more and more necessary nation in a area which is so critically necessary to peace and stability on the earth,” he mentioned.