Pakistan seeks new helicopter deal with US for anti-narcotics operations after returning nine choppers

By | October 31, 2017

Washington: Pakistan is attempting to reacquire an unspecified variety of helicopters from the US for anti-narcotics operations after returning 9 Huey II helicopters it had acquired in 2002, the media reported.

Pakistan returned on Monday the remaining 5 of the 9 helicopters it had acquired from the US virtually 15 years in the past. The Inside Ministry had earlier given again 4 of those rotary-wing helicopters on 15 October, Daybreak on-line reported.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational picture. Reuters

Islamabad had acquired a complete of 12 plane, together with three fixed-wing Cessna airplanes, from Washington for anti-narcotics operations in Federally Administered tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan.

The plane had been acquired underneath a renewable settlement and after the expiry of that settlement, Pakistan had the choice to both return the plane or purchase them.

Though Washington urged Islamabad to “nationalise” the helicopters after the settlement expired, the Inside Ministry determined to return them, as an alternative of shopping for them for continued use.

The Ministry, nevertheless, bought the three Cessna airplanes that got here with the choppers.

The Individuals, who acquired the remaining 5 plane on Monday, had already made “redirection” preparations — promoting it to a 3rd celebration — so Pakistan can not re-buy these helicopters. As a substitute, Islamabad should renegotiate a recent deal, the report mentioned.

Daybreak quoted diplomatic sources as saying that it shouldn’t be tough for Pakistan to renegotiate a deal as officers of each nations acknowledge a direct hyperlink between narcotics and terrorism financing.

“Washington believes that stopping drug-trade on this area will even assist cut back terrorism,” the each day quoted sources as saying.

Pakistan renewed its curiosity in buying the choppers after the current change of management within the Inside Ministry. The choice to return the helicopters was taken by former Inside Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, whereas new minister Ahsan Iqbal concluded that the ministry wants them to observe the drug route, which can also be utilized by the militants.

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