Pakistan return helicopters given by USA to monitor Pak-Afghan border

Pakistan return helicopters given by USA to monitor Pak-Afghan border

Pakistan return helicopters given by USA to monitor Pak-Afghan border

According to "Geo News", the USA had given nine helicopters to Pakistan in 2002. In February 2011, one month after Central Intelligence Agency contractor Raymond Davis's arrest, USA and Pakistani officials met for talks in Oman to address the crisis and other issues plaguing bilateral relations, particularly the war in Afghanistan. In the meantime, Trump said the U.S. will seek warmer relations with India, along with a friendly Soviet bloc during the Cold War, which may also be visiting Tillerson. The US-made helicopters have helped Pakistan immensely in the anti-terrorism program.

Barasso noted that Tillerson had talked about "setting certain expectations" for the Pakistan government and putting in place "a mechanism of cooperation through information-sharing and action" to counter terror groups.

Tillerson said he could share "some broad contours" of his visit to Pakistan at a public hearing and was willing to sit with the senators for a closed hearing for further discussions.

Khawaja Asif said Pakistan is engaged with the United States to find common grounds for peace in Afghanistan.

Moreover, sources said that Pakistan's decision to return the helicopters would badly affect all security operations, including monitoring illegal activities on Pak-Afghan border. Since past year, heightened tension in Afghan-Pakistani relations, with Kabul accusing Islamabad of using the Taliban as a proxy, have also hindered the QCG's ability to make substantial progress. Omani efforts to defuse tension in US-Pakistan relations are not new.

He claimed that Pakistan did have long-standing relations with the Haqqani network and the Taliban, which might have served their goal for stability in the past but they no longer served that objective.

"And it's up to Pakistan I think, to think about their longer-term stability and their future by changing that relationship with these organisations", Tillerson said.

The hearing also focused on the issue of presidential authority to launch a nuclear strike, with the committee's chairman Senator Bob Corker noting that the Senate hasn't conducted a hearing on this issue since the 1970s.

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