Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is disputing media reports that it
plans to give Pakistan excess American military equipment that is currently in
“Our commitment to the Afghan people and the Afghan National Security Forces is
unwavering,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of all U.S. and NATO troops in
Afghanistan, said in a statement Thursday.
The Washington Post first reported in a March 16 web story that the U.S. military
was considering giving the Pakistanis $7 billion worth of equipment amid the
drawdown in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military has expressed interest in getting
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, which have been proven to be too big and
heavy to operate effectively in Afghanistan, which lacks road infrastructure.
But U.S. Forces-Afghanistan issued a statement on Thursday calling media reports
that it was considering sending military equipment to Pakistan “inaccurate.”
“USFOR-A does not provide or intend to provide any such equipment, including
MRAPs, from Afghanistan to Pakistan,” the statement says.
The story caused more strain on the U.S. military’s relationship with Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, whose spokesman said Afghanistan would oppose any move to give
excess MRAPs to Pakistan.
“Afghan security forces need this type of equipment and as a strategic partner, the
U.S. needs to consult with Afghanistan before making such a decision,” Emal Faizi told
Voice of America for a March 18 story.
Source: U.S. Forces-Afghanistan