WASHINGTON: Pentagon has declared that there are no US trainers left in Pakistan, and just a couple of liaison officers have recently returned to Peshawar to coordinate with the Pakistani military.
Responding to questions regarding the US-Pakistan relationship, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Capt John Kirby on Thursday said that the US trainers were called back after the November incident, but two of the liaison officers have been sent to improve the tactical and operational coordination between the Isaf and the Pakistani military.
He added that the return of the officers was not part of any negotiations process but was carried out on the request of the Pakistan military. Kirby further said that the two officers were liaising with 11th Corps headquarter. He emphasised that the Pakistani military has not requested for any trainers.
“And the small number of trainers that were there were at the Pakistan’s request and invitation for a requirement they believed they needed to fill. They have not determined that that requirement exists anymore, so there are no trainers,” he said.AFP adds: The Pentagon said that two liaison officers returned in the past week to Peshawar.
But the Pentagon said that Pakistan has not let back trainers or reopened its border to Nato supplies.“This is another example of how that coordination is going to continue to improve,” Kirby told reporters.
Kirby said that the two officers — who report to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan — returned to Peshawar at the request of Pakistan.APP adds from Peshawar: A spokesman for the ISPR has contradicted the news item that US army trainer have been sent to a site near Peshawar.
The spokesman clarified that no trainer from the US is imparting training to any of FC soldiers in Peshawar or areas around it.All such training was suspended after Salala Post incident and 100 percent trainers went back to the US. Neither any one has returned nor is it in the office, he concluded.