ISLAMABAD – It seems like a pending agreement between US and Pakistan officials has been reached as Pakistan now officially confirmed to receive military hardware as foreign security troops start withdrawal from war torn country of Afghanistan.
Secretary Defence Asif Yasin Malik said that Pakistan would be receiving the US leftover military hardware after the completion of withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan later this year.
Malik said allied forces had not spoken of handing over equipment to Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan would be receiving the military hardware.
He further said that only after going through the equipment would Pakistan decide what it wants to keep from the remaining supplies.
The US had been offering the equipment free of cost to its allies, which would have been required only to pay for its transportation. About 20 countries, including Pakistan, had initially expressed interest in getting Mine Resistant-Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, but many backed out because of huge cost of transportation involved. Because of continuing militancy and common borders with Afghanistan, Pakistan was considered the most potential candidate for the vehicles along with Afghanistan itself.
On March 17 one military personnel from Pakistan army, while commenting over receiving any such vehicles, said “We will not take it for the sake of just taking it, and we will not take it because it’s free. We will take it because we need it.”