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After China, Nepal's army chief heading for Pakistan

[b]After China, Nepal's army chief heading for Pakistan

[b]Kathmandu, 10 December, ([/b] Arms embargo from India and the US, the traditional arms suppliers to Nepal, has forced the beleaguered Royal Nepalese Army to look for newer shores for procuring arms.

Last month, Nepal's chief of army staff General Pyar Jung Thapa visited China and managed to get a meager military aid of US $ 1 million from the northern neighbor. Nepal's efforts to woo China into arming Nepal's state forces began in February this year, when the government here closed down Dalai Lama's office in Kathmandu. Owing to international criticism of the royal regime, China has been unable to commit substantial military aid to this tiny Himalayan kingdom.

Now it’s the turn of Pakistan. Understandably, it was China and Pakistan, only two noteworthy countries that have not criticized Nepal’s royal regime. Both the countries have termed Nepal’s political developments post February 1 as the kingdom’s "internal matter".

General Thapa is visiting Pakistan from December 12. The visit will last a week. RNA has said that it is a goodwill visit. The best "goodwill gesture" for RNA at the moment is supply of arms.

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