Pakistan to allow airlifted of U.S. military equipment to the Afghan security forces 0605144

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:06 AM
 
Pakistan to allow airlifted of U.S. military equipment to the Afghan security forces.
Pakistan on Monday, May 5, 2014, allowed military equipment to be airlifted from its airports to the Afghan security forces, officials said. Pakistan and the United States had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July, 2012 which deals with the use of Pakistan Lines of Communications, to/from Afghanistan.
     
Pakistan on Monday, May 5, 2014, allowed military equipment to be airlifted from its airports to the Afghan security forces, officials said. Pakistan and the United States had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July, 2012 which deals with the use of Pakistan Lines of Communications, to/from Afghanistan.
Aerial view of Bagram Air Base
     

The operation will be treated as "commercial" and will continue for the next couple of weeks, an official statement said.

"The first flight of the Commercial Multi-Model Operation from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi carrying 15 military vehicles onboard took off for Bagram Air Base today," the statement from the Press Information Department said.

"The transportation by air has been allowed to airlift vehicles meant for Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as a special gesture by the Government of Pakistan," it said.

The vehicles are of vital importance and urgently required by ANSF, Pakistan Secretary Defense Lt. Gen. (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik, who witnessed the launching of the operation, said.

"This arrangement has been made to facilitate rapid delivery of vital military cargo to our brotherly neighboring state to enhance its security and stability," the Pakistani government said.

"This effort is expected to contribute towards strengthening the existing relations with Afghanistan."

Airlifting of military equipment for Afghan forces is seen very important as the country's own forces will handle the security after the withdrawal of NATO troops this year.

 

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