Monday, 5 May 2014

From land to air: 15 military vehicles flown to security forces in Aghanistan from Karachi


From land to air: 15 military vehicles flown to security forces in Aghanistan from Karachi

From land to air: 15 military vehicles flown to security forces in Aghanistan from Karachi
File photo of US troops in Afghanistan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE
The first flight to provide military equipment to security forces in Afghanistan took off from the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Monday, Express News reported.
This was the first time aerial transport was used to supply military equipment to the security forces, who are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
The flight, which was on its way to Bagram Airbase, carried 15 military vehicles which were provided by the Pakistan government.
Express News also reported that 1,628 vehicles will be sent via air to Afghanistan for Nato troops.
In July 2012, official sources had reveale that Pakistan had secretly allowed US-led Nato forces to use its airspace for transporting lethal supplies to Afghanistan. Earlier that year, Pakistan had confirmed that it allowed Nato planes carrying non-lethal supplies to use its air space.
Late last year, the US military had suspendedthe shipment of equipment out of Afghanistan via the Torkham border, citing growing security concerns following a by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The move had come after the political party of former cricketer Imran Khan began forcibly searching trucks in an effort to halt Nato supplies in protest against US drone strikes in Pakistan.

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