23 August, 2014 / Shawwal 26, 1435
Isaf Commander Gen Joseph Dunford. — File photo
Isaf Commander Gen Joseph Dunford. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The United States has said it will not give Pakistan its leftover military hardware after the completion of withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan later this year.

“United States Forces-Afghanistan does not provide or intend to provide any such equipment, including MRAPs (mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles), from Afghanistan to Pakistan,” a statement issued by the US-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan said.

Isaf Commander Gen Joseph Dunford said: “Our commitment to the Afghan people and the Afghan National Security Forces is unwavering.”

The statement followed uproar in Afghanistan over reports that the US had planned to transfer some of its excess equipment to its ally Pakistan.

The upper house of Afghan parliament – Mesharno Jirga – had warned the US against the handover of hardware to Pakistan.

A resolution passed by the Afghan legislature had described the reported US decision as a “breach of agreement in the war on terror” and called on the US to avoid giving weapons to a country (Pakistan) that, it alleged, supported terrorism.

Afghan Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi also had criticised the decision and told the Voice of America: “Afghan security forces need this type of equipment and, as a strategic partner, the US needs to consult Afghanistan before making such a decision.”

Reports about the transfer of equipment had hit headlines after a testimony by Gen Dunford before the US Senate Armed Service Committee in which he had said that the US was planning to give 1,200 MRAP vehicles to Pakistan, Afghanistan and other allies.

There are around 1,600 such vehicles in Afghanistan.

“We’re in the process right now of seeing if there are any of our allies that can use those vehicles…I’ve put a stop on any destruction of any vehicles except those that are battle-damaged,” Gen Dunford had told the panel.

The US had been offering the equipment free of cost to its allies, which would have been required only to pay for its transportation. About 20 countries, including Pakistan, had initially expressed interest in getting MRAP vehicles, but many backed out because of huge cost of transportation involved. Because of continuing militancy and common borders with Afghanistan, Pakistan was considered the most potential candidate for the vehicles along with Afghanistan itself.

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Sriniwas
Mar 30, 2014 10:53am

These things should be given to India. India is the only country which can use these hardware diligently .

India has capability to handle it and help Afghanistan in case it requires.

So, please support India.

Jamshed Khan
Mar 30, 2014 10:57am

We thank you for that.

Khan
Mar 30, 2014 11:38am

We should kick all afghan refugees from Pakistan. Real enemy is not India..its Afghanistan for Pakistan. Enough of supporting this country who always gave anti remarks fr Pakistan.

Khanm
Mar 30, 2014 12:00pm

As long as there are no string attached.... A fishnet is made up of a lot more holes than strings, but you can't therefore argue that the net doesn't exist. Just ask the fish.

sabeeh omer
Mar 30, 2014 12:28pm

Afghanistan never was and never ever will be Pakistan's true friend.

Faiz Khilji
Mar 30, 2014 12:53pm

No problem.. Take it back if you can afford to do so, or give it to allies (less Pakistan) so the Taliban can get hold on it tomorrow.

The choice is simple.

Parvez
Mar 30, 2014 01:11pm

Thank you.........but what difference will that make ?

M J Syed
Mar 30, 2014 01:49pm

Muslim Brothers? Whenever the real est came this slogan was always hollow.

Ganga din
Mar 30, 2014 01:53pm

" The United States has said it will not give Pakistan its leftover military hardware after the completion of withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan later this year."

Excellent idea. Leave it for the Afghan army so they will have something better.

ROHIT PANDEY
Mar 30, 2014 03:13pm

There is a news item in Dawn which says that international donors are to pledge $1 billion for education in Pakistan,,,,and,now,this news...at least now the Western countries have a different perspective as what constitutes "help" for Pakistan!!:):)

chodhary
Mar 30, 2014 03:58pm

US can't afford to hand it over to the afghan army who are highly incapable of handing and securing such an asset. Pakistan is in a win-win situation anyway.

event horizon
Mar 30, 2014 04:24pm

Looking at the delightful comments Indian readers are making here, is there any doubt left why Afghans have opposed handing over of the hardware to Pakistan? We have a persistent and intelligent enemy as India and 1000 million Indians with their subtle tactics. They will never, ever let go of any opportunity to harm Pakistan. Beware Indian movie and TV watchers in Pakistan, beware.

Groundedinreality
Mar 30, 2014 04:58pm

@sabeeh omer: Amen to that!

Shah
Mar 30, 2014 05:25pm

This is good news, now GHQ can tell the Americans to use Russian soil as exit. We have had enough of these double crossing yanks.

Ahmer
Mar 30, 2014 11:42pm

It is sad that a brotherly Muslim country is opposing strengthening of defences of a fellow Muslim neighbour. It is a sad failure of our diplomacy that we failed to convince our Afghan brothers that equipment would never be used against Muslims.

Haroon
Mar 31, 2014 12:03pm

Who gives a damn? Pakistan doesn't need the equipment. The equiment can stay their in Afghan (to strengthen the Afghani militants which protect Afghanistan), but seriously, Afghani brothers over the years have become delusional and the current remarks made by the Afghan officials looks troublesome as:

  • "they (meaning the Afghan folk) can't distinguish friend from foe or foe from friend".

Why would a neighbouring muslim nation use it's soil to attack an another muslim nation? (Also we even took some refugee's from Afghan, as our duty of being a muslim nation which prefers peace). Doesn't make sense, unless the Afghani officials are trying to direct their people's attention from the real problems being faced by Afghan (Diagreement with their own internal Taliban or whatever revolutes).

  • To the Afghan and whoever is concerned, the claims you make do not make sense, it is rubbish and a mediocrity of your democractic presentations, please refrain from such accusations, and hold a meeting with both nations.
Last Word
Apr 01, 2014 02:30pm

So Pakistan who is US's major ally is not worthy even of the leftovers whereas the twin brother has disowned the elder brother does not want to share anything whatsoever. What a shame ?

Jagga
Apr 01, 2014 04:46pm

@Sriniwas: You have a very strange logic - lol

independentthinker
Apr 01, 2014 11:22pm

This charity could have ended up being a "curse" to us! We don't need any more equipment - we have enough to keep our whole country on edge for a long time to come.