KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Defense has expressed concern over presence of foreign Army in some areas of mountainous Mustang district in the name of Mountain warfare training. Stating that some areas of Mustang are banned for foreigners the Ministry stated that presence of foreign armies in such areas may pose threat to national security.
According to Nepali Army armies of various countries have been taking part in Mountain warfare training in High Altitude Directorate of the Nepali Army based in Mustang since 1990. 231 foreign army officials have passed out the training from the Directorate and majority of the trained personnel are American.
Defense Secretary Atma Ram Pandey informed that entrance of foreign army in such sensitive areas may not be appropriate for the security of the country. In the past, the Khampa revolt against China took place from the same region.
It has been proved that American Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Agency supported the revolutionaries during the Khampa movement. The Chinese government has been expressing concern that the western countries have been supporting anti China activities from these areas.
Earlier the Government announced 44 VDCs of 13 districts including Taplegunj, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Gorkha, Manang, Mustang, Dolpa, Mugu, Humla, Bajhang and Darchula as prohibited zones to discourage anti-China activities.
The Army has also addressed the concerns raised by Defense Ministry on Friday. According to Army, the training participants can be able to visit the areas mentioned by Nepal Army. The Army also mentioned that there is slim chance of doing illegal activities as all the participants are under the control of Nepal Army.
According to Defense experts Mustang is the most sensitive district among all the districts of Nepal bordering with China.
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