Pak seeking US choppers to take on al Qaeda: Haqqani

Published: June 17, 2010
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Haqqani said Islamabad is seeking military equipment worth $2.5 billion from Washington. PHOTO: AFP

Haqqani said Islamabad is seeking military equipment worth $2.5 billion from Washington. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said Islamabad is seeking military equipment worth $2.5 billion from Washington.

Speaking at an interview with The Washington Times, Haqqani said the equipment is needed to take the war against al Qaeda into the mountains bordering Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan requires new helicopter gunships, including the Apache-64-D, AH-1W, AH-6 and MD-530 Little Bird.

Haqqani said utility and cargo helicopters such as the UH-60 Black Hawk, the CH-47 D Chinook and the UH-1Y Huey are also required.

He said currently, Pakistan only has eight second hand Mi-17 transport helicopters at its disposal.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said the US government is aware of Islamabad’s military requirements.

He said the US will try to help Islamabad acquire the required military equipment.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jun 17, 2010 - 11:14AM

    Pakistan want action against ISRAEL strongly.Pakistan has lost thousands what they get ? other stupid demands.USA will leave this region sooner will left enmity with Talibans for Pakistan forever.Recommend

  • Yasir Qadeer
    Jun 17, 2010 - 2:17PM

    US-Pak alliance in this war on terror is of vital importance and since US being a developed nation has technology advantage. So I don’t think there is anything wrong if Pakistan asks US for help in this regard.Recommend

  • ali hamdani
    Jun 17, 2010 - 2:23PM

    Pakistan should utilize all the resources it gets in the interest of citizens and to protect the National rights. Besides weapon it is time we initiate on rehab of the arrested militants.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Jun 17, 2010 - 2:50PM

    I believe these demands are pertinent regarding the efforts that Pakistani Army is making against the terrorists.Recommend

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