NATO supply resumption: Parliament to make final decision, says Kayani

Published: February 13, 2012

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has categorically said that parliament reserves the right to decide on resumption of Nato supplies.

JACOBABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has categorically said for the first time that parliament reserves the right to decide on resumption of Nato supplies.

Speaking to reporters at the Shamsi Airbase on Monday, he said that the final decision on whether Nato supplies will be allowed to pass through Pakistan for forces based in Afghanistan will be made by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.

Kayani and Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, chief of air staff, took members of the media to airbase in Jacobabad to formally announce that the Shamsi Airbase is now under the control of the Pakistan Air Force. The US, which used the airbase for drone attacks in Afghanistan and possibly those in Pakistan, was told to vacate the base by Pakistan in the aftermath of the November 26 Salala checkpoint attack.

The army chief said that Pakistan and US are cooperating on defence operations and Pakistani officials are taken into confidence whenever bordering areas are to be attacked.

Asked if the F-16 aircraft that Pakistan recently received from the US can down American drones, Suleman said that the PAF does not want any such situation to arise where this capability will have to tested. “Pakistan is manufacturing its own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV drones) at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra and we will soon be able to prepare UAVs equipped with missile technology.”

He said that 14 used F-16s were provided to Pakistan by the US free of cost while 18 other have been bought.

Finances

The army chief said that 18% of Pakistan’s total budget had been allocated for the armed forces, which included the army, navy and air force. Of this, eight to nine per cent is reserved for the use of Pakistan Army.

Talking about the Coalition Support Fund, which was set up by the US Congress after the September 11, 2001, attacks to reimburse allies for costs in supporting the US-led war on militancy, Kayani said that Pakistan was yet to receive 1.5 billion dollars from the US.

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The army chief said that Pakistan and US are cooperating on defence operations and Pakistani officials are taken into confidence whenever bordering areas are to be attacked.

Asked if the F-16 aircraft that Pakistan recently received from the US can down American drones, Suleman said that the PAF does not want any such situation to arise where this capability will have to tested. “Pakistan is manufacturing its own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV drones) at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra and we will soon be able to prepare UAVs equipped with missile technology.”

He said that 14 used F-16s were provided to Pakistan by the US free of cost while 18 other have been bought.

Finances

The army chief said that 18% of Pakistan’s total budget had been allocated for the armed forces, which included the army, navy and air force. Of this, eight to nine per cent is reserved for the use of Pakistan Army.

Talking about the Coalition Support Fund, which was set up by the US Congress after the September 11, 2001, attacks to reimburse allies for costs in supporting the US-led war on militancy, Kayani said that Pakistan was yet to receive 1.5 billion dollars from the US.

Reader Comments (24)

  • Sunny
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Whenever Army is cornered they looked for help from the Parliament. All the dirty jobs are for the Parliament.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:09PM

    No matter what parliament decide, people of Pakistan are against NATO supplies through Pakistan.

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  • sun
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Well played General. The ball is in government court which is already under pressure for PM’s indictment in contmpt case while the religious parties are also sharpening their teeths for a possible clash with the government on the issue. Let see what govt does in this case.

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  • Akhtar
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Our Obediant & Innocent Generals! ;)

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:39PM

    @Sunny
    Now a Days, critisizing Army is becoming fashion. Instead of doing our own job we are quarreling with one another and people are taking advantage of that.
    There are some black sheeps like musharaf within the Army but it is true that the only institution left in Pakistan which is doing their job is Army. Rest of the institutions like WAPDA, Railway, PIA, Police, Steel Mill, etc are in front of every one.
    What are our political leadership doing from the last 4 years. Fighting for their own interests and what is their interest? POWER.
    I beleive in democracy but not the one we are practicing in our coutry.

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  • Anserali Khan
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Does 18% include pensions of armed force personnel?.

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  • Fareed
    Feb 13, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Well done Kyani Sb. Take down this Govt. by not enforcing the Army power but their incompetence. Just remarkable move.

    My personal opinion was always that democratic elected parties due their incompetence give way for the army to take over. But this time the army – Kyani Sb. – wants the country to really suffer so that through this suffering people will at last understand that these incompetent people are not to be elected again.

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  • Lobster
    Feb 13, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Whenever Army wants to go against popular demand, it asks Parliament to do this, nice strategy

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  • Z.Khan
    Feb 13, 2012 - 6:26PM

    For so many years it remained under use by US forces. Neve enver some one took media person on the base. God knows better what were the intentions of COAS for this visit. No one dared to ask Pakistan space is being utilised for NATO supplies. NATO already using northern route for 75% of its requirements and now hardly needs this route. Name the parliament or civil government for all games spreading dirst and utilise the occassions which can bring good name to military. Recommend

  • Naeem ur Rehman
    Feb 13, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Amazing response! Had Kiyani said, we should resume the supplies, Army would have been labelled as pro-US. Had he said, NO, we would say well they’ve the powers to say whatever. Now he has said the righ thing, we are still doubting him. Get a life people!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 13, 2012 - 6:34PM

    General Kiyani should make public that it is in best interest of Pakistan to cooperte with USA but conditional to US meeting economic and energy needs of Pakistan. Also general Kiyani should come out openly in favour of better relations with India.

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  • bhai
    Feb 13, 2012 - 6:51PM

    o really!!

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  • Feb 13, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @Lobster:

    “Whenever Army wants to go against popular demand, it asks Parliament to do this, nice strategy”

    There is nothing preventing Parliament from asserting itself and implementing a decision that is acceptable to the majority of Pakistanis – they were elected to represent Pakistanis after all.

    You should be cheering this opportunity for Parliament to take the initiative and win popular support.

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  • ahsan
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @Sunny:
    please be realistic,army is no more responsible for open/close anything for last four years,its the duty of people’s representatives to now open and close because that can not be challenged on any forum of the world otherwise those who are being blocked they are too shrewd.

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  • Naive
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:15PM

    @Anserali Khan:
    If you include pensions + allocation for nuclear program (including civil) + defense production etc, that will become 21%. And if you include the defense budget’s part in debt servicing, that will become around 38%, but no way near 70% which is very often quoted in talk shows. All these figures are calculated using the statistics presented in Budget Brief 2011, available on ministry of finance’s website.

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  • Feb 13, 2012 - 7:19PM

    When did army let the Gov. to make and implement a fair foreign policy based on the desires of nation, Army takes all the decisions behind the scene and when it gets trapped it seeks help from the parliament for reviewing/making new policy and even for shooting down dronesRecommend

  • Cautious
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Doesn’t mater where you turn — tough decisions and leadership seems to be things that so called “leaders” tend to avoid in Pakistan.

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  • hamza khan
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:45PM

    great repetition skills by the ET.

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  • Feb 13, 2012 - 7:55PM

    When pressure on military mounts ball is thrown into Parliaments court, very sad

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  • bangash
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Now army is hiding behind parliament while defying the US.

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 13, 2012 - 9:24PM

    @Shahid:

    PAK has a limited amount of time to blackmail the US. I suggest it be used wisely. Once that time has passed then things will become much different in PAK – US relations. I do not believe PAK will like this new direction.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:16PM

    If AZ sees that he is on his way out, he shall order the Army to take down the drones.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 1:21AM

    *NATO supply resumption: Parliament to make final decision, says Kayani*

    Good. But we know who will tell Parliament what to decide.Recommend

  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 14, 2012 - 1:27AM

    Sir, the history tells us that all civilian governments have been “Most Obedient Servants” if not then our courts pack them according to the wishes of your powerful arm. So all shall be done according to thy will.

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