No Extra Military Gear for Pakistan: State Dept
WASHINGTON – Addressing concerns of the Karzai government, the Obama administration on Monday ruled out transferring the leftover military hardware from Afghanistan to Pakistan. “We note we have not and do not intend to transfer EDA (excess defence articles) from Afghanistan to any of its neighbouring countries, including Pakistan,” said the State Department deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf.
However, she said the US was currently reviewing Pakistan’s request for the worldwide available EDA pool. “To be clear, the United States has not refused Pakistan’s request,” she added. But no military hardware from Afghanistan would go to Pakistan. “The United States continues to assist Pakistan through many security cooperation programs to build partnership capacity, including through the provision of worldwide available EDA,” she said.
Excess Defense Articles or EDA may come from many places around the world where the designated Department of Defense implementing agency has excess equipment. “Much of this equipment is currently at depots in the continental United States. All EDA is provided as is, where is – meaning recipient countries are responsible for the transportation and any needed refurbishment costs for all EDA transfers,” she said.
US military equipment leaving overland from Afghanistan through Pakistan or via the Northern Distribution Network was part of the overall process of removing equipment, Harf added. (Pajhwok)