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Monday, February 11, 2013
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PESHAWAR: The withdrawal of the US-led Nato forces has begun as 25 containers loaded with military equipment of the Nato forces have reached Pakistan from Afghanistan over the past few days.

 

“Twelve containers of the foreign forces entered Pakistan on February 6, eleven on February 7 and two on February 8 on the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham,” a customs official at Torkham told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

 

The official said none of the containers of the foreign forces had entered into Pakistan from Afghanistan on February 9 and 10. He said it was not known whether more containers of foreign forces would enter Pakistan or not.

 

The international forces are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.British officials said they would send back their military equipment to their country via Uzbekistan.

 

INP adds: At least 25 containers, loaded with US military equipment from a key Nato base in Afghanistan, reached the Torkham border under strict security, where the Bilal custom clearance company get cleared the documents of the containers.

 

The convoy left for Karachi after customs clearance.The report said that the second fleet of containers of military equipment will also reach Torkham from Bagram very soon.

 

It should be mentioned that in January, US President Barack Obama announced that he is accelerating the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, with the 66,000 American troops moving this spring into a largely training and advisory role and Afghan troops taking the lead throughout the country in fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.