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Pakistan: US allowed to use airspace for military transport

(Islamabad – Agencies) Pakistan has allowed the United States to use its air space for shipment of military equipment to and from Afghanistan, a private news channel reported on Monday.

The US in the initial phase will transport military vehicles from Karachi to Afghanistan through Jinnah International Airport.

According to reports, the first flight transporting 15 military vehicles to Bagram Airbase for the Nato forces in Afghanistan took off from Karachi on Monday.

This was the first time aerial transport was used to supply military equipment to the security forces that are expected to withdraw from war-torn Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Reports said 1,628 vehicles will be sent via air to Afghanistan for Nato forces.

As the reports unfold, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has allowed transit of US/ISAF/NATO cargo to Afghanistan. However, FBR has made it clear that tracking and monitoring of cargo en route, allowed transit under this CGO, shall be carried out accordingly.

Report further said that US Consulate in Karachi will provide a proof of delivery to Customs within 30 days after the cargo is delivered to the consignee.

In the history’s largest pullout of military hardware the US will spend around six billion dollars to take back 35,000 military vehicles and the equipment in 95,000 containers.

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