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Pakistan returns helicopters given by US

Pakistan returns helicopters given by US”

It is important to mention here that these helicopters were being used by the Ministry of Interior's air wing. Initially four helicopters were returned on October 15 while the remaining five were loaded on a transport aircraft in Islamabad on Monday and sent back.

Now, it would be hard to monitor the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as the Ministry of Interior is left with only three Cessna aircraft in the air wing, the insiders added.

The aircraft were acquired under a renewable agreement and after the expiry of that agreement, Pakistan had the option to either return the aircraft or buy them.

The Ministry, however, purchased the three Cessna aeroplanes that came with the choppers.

Pakistan's army began hunting various militant groups in the semi-autonomous regions along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), in 2002.

The commander of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the largest and deadliest militant umbrella organization in Pakistan, has been reportedly killed in a United States drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday night.

Pakistan renewed its interest in acquiring the choppers after the recent change of leadership in the interior ministry.

Sources further added that the return of said helicopters will affect all operations, including the monitoring of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.



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