ISLAMABAD: The US embassy in Islamabad on Thursday refuted media reports suggesting 19,000 shipping containers belonging to the US and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had been stolen from Karachi ports.

The head of the Sindh Rangers paramilitary force, Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, told the Supreme Court last week that about 19,000 containers had gone missing a few years ago and that a shipload of arms and ammunition had been brought to Karachi and their whereabouts was never ascertained. Local media reports suggested the containers carrying weapons may have belonged to Nato forces in Afghanistan.

Rejecting the reports, a statement from the US embassy said media suggestions that US or ISAF containers were stolen, including containers that contain weapons and ammunition, were false. “While the United States routinely uses Karachi ports for both diplomatic and military shipments, neither the United States nor ISAF has ever shipped weapons or ammunition via Karachi ports,” said the statement.

The statement said US government and ISAF cargo shipments were subject to inspection by Pakistani customs authorities and that the US tracks and accounts for all military cargo shipments worldwide, including shipments entering and transiting Pakistan.

“We have engaged the appropriate Pakistani authorities on this topic. We have underscored that the United States is able to account for all shipments that have arrived in and transited Karachi ports,” said the US embassy.

Pakistan serves as a key transit route for the US and ISAF forces in landlocked Afghanistan. Pakistan and the US have signed a deal allowing military supplies to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.

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September 5, 2013 7:13 pm

The US statement carries weight as they would have not kept quiet if their arms and ammunition would have been stolen.Rizwan Akhtar should explain his position if he still stands by it or not.

iftekhar hussain
September 5, 2013 7:24 pm

Why people say things which are not true. Do they not know that they are talking about America, the most advanced nation on the face of earth, a country which even tracks our every movement, cannot it would have tracked its own containers. Things like that coming out from a top person is not good.

September 5, 2013 8:11 pm

Another incompetent rangers officer Maj. Rizwan Akhtar embarrassing the Pakistanis with :

  1. Not doing something about this alleged theft at the time this was going on.
  2. Making up a ridiculous (number) story for political favors to his masters.

Outrageously stupid thing to say when you yourself failed to do your job, Mr. 'Major'.

September 5, 2013 8:45 pm

Very "convenient" to "deny" that any weapons or ammunition via containers had "vanished" at Karachi. Thousands of NATO containers have "simply vanished" once arriving in Pakistan, and a "blind eye turned by US" to ensure Pakistan is "awashed with guns" to further de-stabalise Pakistan" and ensuring that all militants receive the "latest weapons" and weapons still are arriving in Pakistan also via "other channels"

September 5, 2013 9:00 pm

We knew that, since that did not make any sense. The CJ must make sure that the accuser must be panish.......or he is allowing the authorities to keep fooling people of Pakistan.

September 5, 2013 10:01 pm

long live MQM...

September 5, 2013 10:05 pm

the claim was funny..not expected from an officer of this rank

September 6, 2013 1:09 am

Our goverment will have to come up with another excuse right?

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