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US wants stopping of ammonium nitrate production in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 4, IRNA -- United States Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Mark Grossman has said that US is seeking a ban on the production of ammonium nitrate in Pakistan.

The US Defence Department believes that about 85 per cent of the Afghan Improvised Explosive Devices are made with ammonium nitrate brought from Pakistan.

The substance, a popular fertiliser, is also used for making IEDs that have killed hundreds of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

In his address to Pakistani physicians he noted that the IEDs had also killed thousands of Pakistanis.

On July 5 there would be meeting between Pakistan and US to disuses the ammonium nitrate production in Pakistan.

US envoy said, “We hope that the July 5 meeting in Islamabad will deal with this problem once and for all.”

Ambassador Grossman said the US administration was already working with the Pakistani government on the issue and hoped that the upcoming meeting would lead to a positive result.

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