US, Pakistan sign NATO Supply Agreement

US, Pakistan signed NATO Supply Agreement on transporting supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan through Pakistan.

As per the agreement, the US will give $ 1.1 billion aid to Pakistan for fighting terrorists within its borders. The agreement will expire by the end of 2015.

Core of the agreement:

  • Bars Transportation of arms and ammunition for NATO/ISAF in Afghanistan via Pakistan
  • Allows Arms shipments and equipment for training of Afghan security forces
  • NATO tankers to use routes from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan 
  • No tax or duty on the containers. Commercial carriers will have to pay a fee.
  • Pakistan will ensure the security and speedy transfer of cargo while engaging with the US authority
  • Containers travelling to Afghanistan will be bound to return via Pakistan
  • The Defence Ministry which will function as a central coordination authority will review daily operations and other matters related to the supply routes
  • 2 monitoring offices for NATO supplies to be established at the Defence Ministry and the US embassy

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