Pakistan-US sign new agreement on Nato supplies

Published: July 31, 2012
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Deputy US ambassador in Islamabad, Richard Hoagland, (L) and head of Pakistani delegation Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed sign an agreement during a ceremony held in the Pakistan Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi on July 31, 2012.  PHOTO: AFP

Deputy US ambassador in Islamabad, Richard Hoagland, (L) and head of Pakistani delegation Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed sign an agreement during a ceremony held in the Pakistan Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi on July 31, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

RAWALPINDI: A new agreement on Nato supplies has been signed between Pakistan and the US on Tuesday, replacing the existing Memorandum of Understanding in place since 2004.

The new deal was part of an overall review Pakistan had sought in its ties with the US in the wake of last year’s Nato cross-border raid which killed 24 soldiers — consequently causing the suspension of the ground lines of communication for Nato-led foreign forces in Afghanistan for over seven months.

According to the new accord, Pakistan will not allow transportation of arms and ammunition, as demanded by the parliament in its foreign policy recommendations approved in April. However, military equipment for the Afghan National Army would be permitted to pass through the country.

Pakistan will also not provide any warehouses or storage facilities for Nato goods.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • nasir
    Jul 31, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Wehave done our job sir. Kindly release CSF 1.2b USD. I need my eid bonus pleas……

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  • Cousin of Raymond Davis
    Jul 31, 2012 - 3:42PM

    Pakistan and Nato Relations live long for next 100 years with USA as key strategic partner.

    Thank you Pakistanis for becoming so great in your lives. Thank you , Thank you and don’t forget my cousin as we are many more in your country.

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  • Adolft Hitler
    Jul 31, 2012 - 3:44PM

    YES!

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  • Bangroo
    Jul 31, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Only military equipment for the Afghan National Army would be permitted to pass through the country

    Yeah Right.Recommend

  • G.A.
    Jul 31, 2012 - 4:21PM

    A lame round about agreement. First it states that ammunition and arms will not be allowed for US and then it states that for Afghan army it will be allowed….whats the difference in both, who is going to use those arms or instruct to use those arms against anyone nobody can guarantee that.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jul 31, 2012 - 4:27PM

    The bitter truth is that due to lack of security NATO does not want to ship arms through Pakistan as it may not reach its destination. Last thing NATO needs is Taliban walking around with US arms. Lack of security is another reason why Pakistan is not benefiting from transit of goods to other nations.Recommend

  • Allah Ditta Pakistani
    Jul 31, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @ nasir,

    So your eid bonus payment is also linked to it as of 500000 of pakistanis working in defence organizations.

    Love you Cousin of Raymond Davis we have nasir here who can do what your raymond davis cannot do.

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  • Asim Hussian
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:00PM

    These are all Lies. Arms will go under Arms for Afghan Army. What does it matter ? Just change the name and again Nation pay for this corrupt Govt. which is greedy for that 1.2 Billions .Nation Go down the drain. This is the reality. What corrupts and Looters we have .Recommend

  • Aryabhat
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Most important aspect is that this agreement is silent on what can come from Afghanistan and pass through Pakistani ports.

    From next year starts withdrawal! It is American Armoury and heavy guns that would be cheaper to take via land route and less likely to be stolen by Taliban (as Pakistan would not allow it as Taliban can use it against Pak Army itself)!

    Interestingly agreement is signed by Pak Military and American Diplomat. No statement on Pakistan’s future role in Afghanistan, forget stopping Drone attacks!

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  • Jadugar
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:31PM

    “Pakistan will not allow arms and ammunation” The truth is Pakistan cannot guarantee safe passage of goods to Afghanistan as Taliban can disrupt and destroy the flow at will, The American as well as Pakistan is very well aware of it. The only way the American can have safe passage is by giving “Bhattah” to Taliban

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  • Fareed
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Another day another Vietnam. In 20 years our grandchildren will be discussing how dumb we were !!!!Recommend

  • LionOfPunjab
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:42PM

    All the NATO military equipment passing through pakistan to the forces in afghanistan shall have ‘For Afghan Army Only’ sticker attached to it.Recommend

  • faraht ali
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Ha haha………nice joke, All nato country puntured by talban and now nato have no other choice to give money( Bhattah) for safe passage. Question arise that Who is superpower usa/nato OR TalibanRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jul 31, 2012 - 7:50PM

    This is good news for different groups who will benefit from this agreement. Not a single container has ever been allowed to enter Afghanistan unless they pay protection money to different war lords throughout their journey. Anyhow, who will check what is in these containers. Very soon we will also see many goods both in Quetta and KP bazaars for sale.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @faraht ali:
    This has nothing to do with Taliban as you can see from the other news item in ET today that Talibans are rejoicing at the opening of the NATO supply routes.

    The point that has been missed here is that Zardari has subdued the Army and has been able to get an agreement in writing which the mighty military could not do for so many years. All others political parties, judicial parties, and destructive parties such as DPC are all on their knees.
    Love it when Zardari wins.

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  • Abdullah
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:20PM

    What insensibility. It is as per US orders. All US demands are fulfilled and whatever happened to Parliament committee recommendations. Democracy is not working!! Dictatorship has failed

    We need KhilafahRecommend

  • bangash
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:22PM

    This sounds pretty much same as existing agreement !

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 31, 2012 - 11:10PM

    Now, No More Games or Duplicity from you, as otherwise Uncle will return with Big Stick under UN Mandate to deal with you lot !
    Just learn to Honour what you sign for once !

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  • ali
    Jul 31, 2012 - 11:49PM

    It is very painful for me as Pakistani to tolerate on this absurd agreement.We can not blame NATO and USA for Salala incident because we deserve for such an incident. Actually we as a nation are not united because an elected government of a united nation can not take this type decision without taking his nation in confidence. We are allowing the NATO to use our routes for their own interests and selling the lives of our own soldiers. One day will come when army leave to support this nation because a nation which can not proud on the scarifies of own army how that army can protect that nation.Recommend

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