US takes back Helicopters deployed for Pak - Afghan border security monitoring

US takes back Helicopters deployed for Pak - Afghan border security monitoring
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday returned five remaining helicopters given to it by the United States for monitoring the country's border with Afghanistan, sources told Geo News.

The US gave a total of nine helicopters to Pakistan in 2002. Pakistan had already returned four of these choppers on October 15.

The remaining choppers were loaded on a transport aircraft landed in Islamabad on Monday, which is expected to land in the US early Tuesday, sources said.

These helicopters had been in use of the Ministry of Interior 's air wing.

The choppers had been used in Balochistan operation and different anti-narcotics operations, according to sources.

These US-made choppers also assisted in counter-terrorism operations.

Sources further informed the return of said choppers will affect all operations including monitoring of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

At present, the Ministry of Interior has no helicopter. All it has are three Cessna aircraft, they added.

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