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Pakistan asks NATO to consult troops deployment

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad Oct 22, IRNA
Pakistan said on Saturday that it has accepted an offer by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to deploy its forces in a humanitarian relief assistance role in the quake-hit areas, but has asked NATO that the deployment should be with consultation.

NATO announced on Friday to send up to 1,000 troops to Pakistan, including a 500-strong engineering battalion and a medical unit, to boost relief efforts after the Oct. 8 earthquake.

NATO has been informed that the deployment will be in consultation with Pakistan and will be mainly for reconstruction of the destroyed infrastructure such as shelters, hospitals, roads, bridges, schools, and the provision of medical care, as well as for aerial movement of supplies and those requiring urgent medical attention, Pakistan Foreign Office said.

The Foreign Office spokeswoman said in a statement that Pakistan has proposed immediate discussion with NATO to work out the details of the humanitarian relief cooperation.

She said that NATO, after its North Atlantic Council's meeting Saturday, made a formal offer to Pakistan of additional humanitarian relief assistance and to deploy NATO forces in a humanitarian relief assistance role.

Pakistan has conveyed in principle acceptance of the NATO offer, the spokeswoman said.

She said the NATO force will consist of a reinforced engineering battalion of some 1,000 personnel which will be self- sustaining and fully equipped for the required work, lift helicopter assets beginning with 4 in number and expected to increase according to the urgent need, a medical field hospital with its attendant medical staff and supplies, and a logistic team for facilitating unloading/ loading of NATO planes.


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