U.S. plans to reduce the number of troops deployed in Pakistan
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U.S. plans to reduce the number of troops deployed in Pakistan

Islamabad : Pakistan | Sep 29, 2011 at 4:09 AM PDT
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Senate Session 2011-05-25 (13:21:12-14:22:40)

United States is negotiating an agreement with Pakistan to reduce the number of troops it has deployed in this country,the United States intended to make into Pakistani territory between 100 and 150 uniformed personnel, a figure significantly lower than in recent years. "That's what we are trying to move forward," the source said, referring to U.S. negotiators.Another informant has stated that most of the soldiers who remain in Pakistan will be mechanics and engineers to help the country's forces to continue military operations against terrorism.Meanwhile, a Pakistani official has admitted the existence of these negotiations, but has refused to reveal the proposals of the parties. "We will allow whatever is necessary, especially related to the basic equipment," has merely indicated.Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops have been in Pakistan until last spring, when Islamabad demanded a quota reduction as a counterweight to U.S. forces assault on the residence of the late leader of Al Qaeda Osama bin Laden in this country without the consent of authorities.

Following the withdrawal of its troops, Washington refused to say how many soldiers would stay in Pakistan, is currently unknown what the exact number of U.S. troops in this country.These negotiations are part of the escalating tension between the two countries caused by recent attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan, in which, say U.S. officials are involved the intelligence services of Pakistan.

kingston23 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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