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Pakistan to extend deal with US for NATO supplies to Afghanistan

Aftab Ahmed
Islamabad: The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is set to approve extension in agreement between Pakistan and United States (US) for NATO supplies.

US forces are engaged in fight against Taliban and Pakistan has agreement in place with US allowing transit of US cargo to and from Afghanistan through the territory of Pakistan.

Sources told Newztodays.com that Federal Cabinet scheduled ot meet on Tuesday next week will consider a summary for approval to extend validity of MOU between Pakistan and US for the transit of US cargo to and from Afghanistan through the territory of Pakistan.

The coalition of about 16,000 troops is deployed in Afghanistan and mostly consists of Americans advising and assisting Afghan forces in their battle against the Taliban and other militant groups. The military mission is dependent on Pakistan for receiving supplies.

At present NATO supplies are shipped through the Pakistani port of Karachi. These supplies are transported to Afghanistan through trucks via Torkham border crossing.

The United States had invaded Afghanistan occurred after the September 11 attacks in late 2001 in a bid to dismantle al-Qaeda and removing the Taliban from power. However, since that time, US had not achieved any major result and now was in talks with Afghan Taliban for safe exit from Afghanistan.

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