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Afghan Minister of Defence has welcomed the offer for Pakistan to help train his country's forces training, saying Pakistan is the best place for the women in the Afghan security forces to receive training, a Chinese news agency wrote Friday.

Bismillah Khan Mohammadi reportedly made the comments following his meetings with Pakistan defence officials in Islamabad in the past week.

However, some experts do not believe Islamabad is looking to train security personnel for Afghanistan but rather that it is a new strategy aimed at turning the recruits to work for Pakistani aims.

"Pakistan is professional in training terrorists, not in training military forces, and it is looking for its own interests in Afghanistan. This time it is trying a new strategy," Afghan military analyst Miagol Waseeq told TOLOnews.

Mohammadi's visit to Pakistan was said by the Ministry of Defence to have increased optimism around negotiations with Islamabad on the fight against insurgency in the region and border security.

This is a shift from previous attitudes which regarded Pakistan as unsupportive of Afghanistan's war against insurgency.

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