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Letters to Editor: Pakistanis Angry At Gangsta Govt of Nawaz Sharif

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The PPP has been given four chances.
The PML N three.

In each of these tenures, the performance was worse than the previous one.

Why?Because as correctly pointed out ,’the vision for building solid foundations and Institutions on which Democracy is supposed to deliver does not exist.’

On the contrary,we have seen time and again,that complaints of corruption,rigging in elections and massive, governance blunders, surpass previous records.

We are not arguing against democracy.
We are not pleading for Milirary Rule.
We are not stressing dictatorial rule.

All that is needed is good CORRUPTION FREE GOVERNANCE by competent,highly educated and skilled people who are experts in their fields.

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Those who have the competence to correct and guide the country on a path from where, there is no turning back.Only going forward,
to improvement, betterment and welfare of the larger number of people.

The argument ,give democracy a chance, therefore is patently an excuse.

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A cover up for support of corrupt governing Mafias which have taken us down the path, in all facets of development.


Be that of justice,ethics,morality,economy,rule of law,protection of life and property or economy.

If we are in a reverse gear and visibly so,should we just wait,be onlookers?
Or  attempt to manage and enforce e change.
In my view we must reject the status quo.We must demand that these failed leaders and parties be held accountable for their monumental mistakes and corruption.I need not go into examples and details of their record of mischief based leadership.

Sixty seven years are more than enough.No more time to be lost.We must demand that the constitution should be implemented in totality which includes articles 62 and 63,indeed all articles which encompass the rights of individuals for being better governed,ruled and given a ‘better present and future.’
Why not?This is our country.

Shams Z Abbas


It has been seen in Pakistan, that as you give more time to the so-called democracy loving politicians, the more loot and plunder they carry out.
Just review their recent performance during the past 7 years.
After 5-year loot and plunder by Zardari & his PPP coterie, look at the current state of affairs. Nawaz Sharif and his gang have no time to improve governance, they are busy in signing lucrative contracts thru their external agent Saif-ur-Rehman. Just look at the LNG contract, Reko Diq, and other privatization ventures.
If we want to act stupid and close our eyes to the reality on ground, then by the time we wake up,  nothing will be left of Pakistan.
We should all understand that these corrupt politicians are using the slogan of democracy not for the betterment of the people but as a shield for their corruption.
Give Pakistani democracy the same time as was ‘Allowed’ to other decent democracies. Why discriminate and put hurdles before it ?
Dear sirs and madams

Pakistan is an ocean of ignorance , poverty , sickness , unemployment and helplessness . In its midst , there is an island of affluence (through fair means or foul , mostly foul  ) knowledge and apathy . The affluent ones’ bearing is unbearable and revolting   . The impression to the world is one of pity none the less disgusting.  
No matter how many times one shuffles the pack of cards , the same tired ,rotten  , crude and foul mouthed people come out as parliamentarians . This is our luck . However in other matters  These people are cunning and rotten to the core . However , they to borrow the words from P.G Woodhouse they are made of concrete from the shoulders upwards unless it is tempered with their self aggrandisements .
Mahfooz Rahman

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Farhan Investigative Report: Nawaz Sharif, The Prime Minister From Hell

Farhan Investigative Report



The following is an excellent expos​e of

 some of the corruption conducted by Nawaz Sharif

​. This report has been compiled​ by the host of DM Digital, Farhan Aslam, who also used to work for ARY Digital a few years ago.

The report has been divided into six segments. I will offer a short summary of the discussion, followed by the clips themselves.


Brief summary

 Nawaz Sharif’s only agenda was to make money. In order to achieve this goal, he formed/changed laws and policies for his personal benefit and expanded his business empire by misusing his authority as Prime Minister. Interestingly enough and ironically, the PPP played a major role in exposing the corruption of Nawaz Sharif and his family. The Jamaat-e-Islami had also leveled a number of corruption allegations upon Nawaz Sharif. As we know, later Sharif and his cronies also played a role in exposing the corruption of Benazir Bhutto and her PPP. In other words, both Sharif and Bhutto have been busy over the years actively accusing each other of committing corruption.

 Nawaz Sharif is widely acknowledged to be a highly incompetent person, with a low mediocre IQ. level. The brain behind him was that of his late “Abba Jee” (‘daddy’) – the mastermind and the main decision maker behind the scene.

 In order to consolidate and attain more power, Nawaz Sharif attacked every individual and institutions he felt could get in the way challenge his authority. In order to get rid of the then Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, who was despised by Sharif, the later created divisions among the judges to make life difficult for the Chief Justice. A group of judges refused to acknowledge Shah as the Chief Justice and things got so bad that a number of junior judges put hurdles in the way of the Chief Justice in order to make it difficult for him to carry out his duties. Eventually, Sharif ordered his thugs to attack the Supreme Court in order to prevent the Chief Justice from giving a ruling against him.

 The police did nothing to stop Sharif’s thugs as they attacked and entered the Supreme Court. The judges inside the building barely managed to escape. The thugs, led by Sajjad Naseem and Mushtaq Tahir, Nawaz Sharif’s political secretaries, entered the court chanting anti-Sajjad slogans and destroyed the furniture.

Next, consider Nawaz Sharif’s relationship with the press and media. Two examples will suffice. On 8th May 1999, Najam Sethi, a prominent journalist of Pakistan, was arrested by the police on the orders of Sharif. Sethi has committed the crime of annoying Nawaz Sharif by writing a critical essay against him. The police broke into Sethi’s house at around 2 am and beat him up in his bedroom in front of his wife, after which he was transported off to a secret location. The police trashed Sethi’s house, broke the furniture and beat him up quite bad. Sethi was only released after a lot of international pressure had built up against Sharif. Sharif also demanded the Jang Group to get rid of all the journalists who were critical of him. To achieve this goal, Sharif and his cronies used a variety of legal and illegal means to pressure the Jang Group into compliance.

 There is probably no institution in Pakistan which Nawaz Sharif did not aggressively confront in order make them comply to his wishes. Besides picking on a fight with the President, the Judiciary and the already restricted/limited media, Sharif also decided to have a confrontation with the army, the only viable institution left in Pakistan. Chief of Army Staff, General Jehangir Karamat, and Nawaz Sharif had a conflict over an issue pertaining to the national security council and both entered into a heated discussion, after which Gen. Karamat had to offer his resignation. Jehangir Karamat thus became the first Chief of Army Staff in the history of Pakistan to have left the army in this prematurely in this manner.

One by one all challenges and potential obstacles were removed from the way by Nawaz Sharif. Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Farooq Leghari, Sajjad Ali Shah, and Jehangir Karamat, as well as others, were all removed from the scene by Sharif.

After the removal of Jehangir Karamat, Sharif appointed Pervaiz Musharraf as the Chief of Army Staff. Some analysts at the time said that Sharif made this decision thinking that Pervaiz Musharraf was an Urdu speaker and did not belong to a Punjabi army family, thus very unlikely to be a threat to Sharif!

Things became sour between Sharif and Musharraf during the Kargil episode. Later, once a relative of Sharif was removed from the army by Musharraf, that was the final nail in the coffin. Sharif then decided to take his revenge and replace Gen. Musharraf with a fellow of his liking who would be controllable (the head of the ISI. at the time).

 Farhan Aslam also comments upon the ill-advised economic decisions of Sharif which made Pakistan’s situation from bad to worse. Moreover, he comments upon the Sharif family’s personal business empire and how it grew exponentially through questionable means.


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DEBUNKING HAMID MIR: All set to leave Pakistan To Bolster US & lead International campaign against ISI

Hamid Mir all set to leave Pakistan To Bolster US & International campaign against ISI


In his latest exclusive interview to BBC, Senior Geo Anchorperson Hamid Mir has substantiated PKKH’s findings about his plans to leave Pakistan in an arrangement being made by Asif Zardari on Washington orders. Defiant Mir has yet again blamed an ‘ISI’ within an ‘ISI’, yet again confirming our report which claimed the growing US demands to curb the activities of the Inter Services Intelligence.

PKKH was informed yesterday that Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, former Pakistani president, approached Mr. Mir on the pretense of health inquiry. Through Mr. Zardari, Hamid Mir has been promised extensive foreign media support for campaigning against a particular section of ISI, which the source requested not to make public on the condition of anonymity. In return Mr. Mir along with his family will be whisked out of Pakistan and re settled in West.

Talking to BBC correspondent today , Mr. Mir said that ‘an ISI within an ISI’ is mobilising a mass protest of proscribed outfits to protest in the favour of intelligence agency and raise their voice against him.


Before publishing this report, PKKH reconfirmed whether Mr. Hamid Mir was alluding to the same section within the ISI which PKKH mentioned in its initial report yesterday. The source linked with establishment affirmed PKKH inquiry and asserted that this section is playing a vital role in warding off severe external security threats faced by Pakistan.


History resounds with the harrowing narratives in which mighty empires were brought down by traitors. An embattled Pakistan confronting the menace of terrorism due to the internal fault lines cannot afford to coddle one at this crucial juncture.


Pakistan is teetering in the eye of the storm, squirming and bleeding, while a terror deluge is ominously heading its way with tremendous velocity. But the ostriches are blinded by head in the sand and blurred vision. Since Nawaz or Zardari and their uncouth bank buster reprobates and Floozies have no truck or concern with existential multiple threats from all directions a Balkanization of Yugoslavia model is in replay. US strategy after Gen. TITO was played through the CIA:

1. They bought the loyalties of poorly paid parliamentarians and had draconian laws passed.

2. Devolution of power to provinces of all institutions
 wrapped in labyrinth of confusion, weak security structure, penniless institutions like law, health, education and economy, were burdened with devolution as on CIA instructions sparse funding was provided to handle enormous responsibilities and no infrastructure or competent manpower to run the enhanced provincial machinery was provided. The persons in power at provinces were lackeys also in control of CIA. Thus the pack was decked against the sovereignty and integrity of Yugoslavia as a country.

Mayhem ensued as planned from anarchy in the streets of cities, towns and villages with the accompanying blood shed which became ethnic and vicious. The darkest and bloodiest chapter of contemporary history was being played as Yugoslavia broke up with the infamous Balkanization of the country.

Any true and loyal Pakistani can see the replication of the narrative above. The head ostriches are deeply ensconced in sullied sands of greed, more greed, deep rooted incompetence, ego-maniacs, taking orders from external forces and making bloody fools of a nation which ZAB to AM Asghar Khan had said” it’s a stupid nation, Khan Sahib; when you have power of state and Danda (Whip) in your hands you can herd them in any direction ” albeit to their final destruction.

This is democracy as defined by the father of constitution; a document by a bunch who had lost elections and currently so perverted through elite and criminals protection amendments by reprobates. –   Sajad HAIDER



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Do you know for how much Nawaz Sharif has sold you to the IMF ? Badzaat Nawaz Sharif Treachery in Kargil

Do you know for how much Nawaz Shareef has sold you to the IMF ?

By Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid



Do you know for how much Nawaz Shareef has sold you to the IMF ?? Why don’t they tell us the secret terms and conditions which they have accepted from the IMF ?? Let us tell you just a few of them:

1. Government is going to legalize Indian Dams on Pakistani rivers by buying electricity from India from these same Dams. All Indian dams are acts of war against Pakistan. NS has been asked to stay silent and enhance cooperation with India.

2. While our water is blocked by the Indians and the government remains silent over destruction of our crops, the international cartels of Genetically Modified Seeds are being given total license in Pakistan to control the seeds. Which means all our indigenous seed production would be destroyed, all small farmers would be destroyed and we will have to buy dangerous GM seeds from western companies every year. Our water would be in the hands of Indians, our seeds in the hands of Jews. Total food genocide plan.

3. All development projects of fast trains, bus services and development of transportation infrastructure have been blocked on IMF terms.

4. Total and complete auction of all State organs under privatization. PIA, Railways, Pak Steel, OGDC, PSO, SSGC etc are on the block for sale.

5. Devaluation of Rupee means we will have to work harder to pay off the loans, sell our goods cheap to international market to increase exports so that our foreign exchange is used to pay the Jewish money lenders.

6. Aman Ki Asha will become the official foreign policy of the country. Kashmir will never be raised on any international or national forum.

7. All trade with India to be opened, destroying the local agriculture, industry and farmers.

8. No new mega Dams will be constructed to store water.

9. A British agent is being brought as Governor Punjab (read viceroy) to make sure NS govt behaves as promised to the international bankers.

You can confirm all these facts from the daily papers. We have just put them in order for you. All those who voted for democracy are now guilty of criminal conduct to harm and damage Pakistan. Innalillahe wa inna ilehe rajeoon.




Nawaz Sharif is mainly responsible for spreading the rumour, that FCNA was losing at Kargil. He keeps harping the same tune, even, though some Indian generals have reluctantly accepted it as a defeat of Indian Army. But, this coward leaves no opportunity to bad mouth Kargil victory.  Nawaz Sharif is an enemy of Pakistan. He puts his own interests above national interests. He felt threatened by Pakistan Army’s spectacular victory in Kargil War. Cowardly, Kashmiri turncoat Nawaz Sharif was shocked by success of Pakistan;s Mujahedin of FCNA, who caused 3000 Indian Army Casualties, including the loss of two planes, death of one IAF Pilot and capture of Indian Pilot Lt.Nachikita by Pak Army. Being a US CIA Agent Nwaz was afraid that Musharraf and the Army would get all the glory, he ran to his patron President Clinton.


Islamabad: Claiming that his 1999 Kargil operation was a “big success militarily”, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has said that if the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif had not visited the US, the Pakistani Army would have “conquered” 300 square miles of India.  

He defended his action to launch the operation in Kargil in the wake of fresh allegations that he masterminded the intrusions.  Referring to Lt Gen (retired) Shahid Aziz’s allegations that he had kept other military commanders in the dark about the operation, Musharraf said, “Telling everyone about it was not necessary at all”.  He claimed Aziz had an “imbalanced personality” and had resorted to character assassination by making these accusations. 


“We lost the Kargil war, which was a big success militarily, because of (then premier) Nawaz Sharif…If he had not visited the US, we would have conquered 300 square miles of India,” Musharraf said in an interview with Express News channel.  Though Pakistan had initially claimed mujahideen were responsible for occupying strategic heights along the Line of Control in early 1999, Musharraf later revealed in his autobiography ‘In The Line Of Fire’ that regular Army troops had participated in the operation.  But Musharraf claimed the action in Kargil was a “localised” operation and not a major operation.  “Kargil was just one of many sectors under a Major General stationed in Gilgit, (who was) in charge of the area. Exchange of fire was routine there,” he claimed. Musharraf said he would not go so far as to accuse former premier Nawaz Sharif of betrayal but his decision to withdraw from Kargil was a mistake. 


Unknown-2“Nawaz lost a political front which we had won militarily,” he claimed.  The former general, who has been living in self-exile outside Pakistan since 2009, said the “prime consideration” for actions like the Kargil operation is security and secrecy.  “So the Army leadership decides who is to be informed and when. As the operation progressed and the proper time arrived, a briefing of the corps commanders was held,” he said.  Musharraf said he was “really astonished” that Aziz was writing about the events 10 years later.  Blaming the nation at this juncture, as Aziz had done, seems to be “part of a conspiracy”, he claimed.  “It was a tactical action that had a strategic importance in which no more than a few hundred persons were involved, but which engaged thousands on the Indian side and was of tremendous importance,” he claimed.  Musharraf justified Pakistani casualties in the conflict, claiming the country lost only 270 men against India’s 1,600 soldiers. 


Courtesy Press Trust of India


India has to mask its initial intelligence failure by regaining the peaks regardless of heavy casualties. Both sides need a face-saving way out. Since early May there has been a see-saw military, political and diplomatic struggle between the two Subcontinental protagonists, Pakistan and India. Islamabad’s position has been that the guerrillas who have captured the heights overlooking the Drass-Kargil-Leh road, are Kashmiri freedom fighters struggling for their long-denied right of self-determination. 


India eventually decided, after examining the pros and cons of widening the conflict across the Line of Control (LoC) or even across the international border, on a strategy of containment within the narrower objective of regaining the Kargil heights. This narrower framework meant higher casualties on the Indian side because of the difficulty of traversing slopes against dug-in defenders where the terrain offers no cover. New Delhi calculated that it does have the political will and military morale, despite the heavy casualties, and can sustain the cost in human and material terms. A near-consensus domestically and the willingness of the Indian military command to accept constraints allowed India to continue with an operation in which it suffered disproportionately heavy casualties. With regard to Pakistan, the intriguing question is whether the Kargil heights seizure was part of the normal stepping up of guerrilla activity during summer, or whether it had more ambitious objectives. If it were the former, little can be added, except to mention in passing a failure of Indian intelligence. The guerrillas’ presence was only discovered by accident when two Indian army patrols happened to spot them. The true extent of the guerrilla presence did not sink in until the Indian army had carried out an aerial survey of the area, which revealed that between 400 to 700 guerrillas had seized the heights. This could have put them in a position in any future war to threaten the sole overland logistics link with the Indian forces deployed in Siachen, i.e. the Srinagar-Drass-Kargil-Leh road. But the Kargil seizure could have other strategic objectives with military, political and diplomatic dimensions. Militarily, if the seizure could be maintained for a reasonable period of time and at least until winter sets in, it could open up possibilities of forcing either an Indian withdrawal from Siachen, or a trade-off between the Kargil heights and the Siachen Glacier. Politically, it could reflect the impatience in Islamabad with lack of progress in bilateral discussions on Kashmir under the Lahore Declaration process after the fall of the BJP government in end-April. Despite the fact that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of India heads a caretaker government until elections are held in September-October, the hope may have been to force New Delhi back to the negotiating table in a serious mode. Diplomatically, since the bilateral process had not yielded results, an internationalisa-tion of the Kashmir issue may have been sought to bring it back onto the frontburner. If we assume for the sake of argument that all or some of these objectives formed part of the Pakistani thrust into Kargil, or at least were taken on board once things hotted up on the Line of Control, we can examine the results achieved or likely to be achieved in the foreseeable future and then draw up a balance sheet of gains and losses. Missing Kashmir for Kargil Militarily, the inherent difficulty of holding on to the Kargil heights in the face of overwhelming firepower and numbers has become a key question as the battle drags on. India has weighed the costs of heavy casualties against the bigger costs of potentially adverse international intervention if the conflict is widened. It has relied on the political consensus to hold on to Kashmir no matter what the cost, which informs its domestic political spectrum (the weak and scattered chinks of rationality represented by liberal opinion notwithstanding). India’s slow but definite gains against the guerrillas have produced collateral pressures for a withdrawal of the guerrillas from what is turning into a suicidal mission. The political timing of the Kargil seizure, if the idea was indeed to force New Delhi back to serious negotiations, could not have been worse. A caretaker government heading into an election was hardly likely to be in a position to negotiate, let alone offer any flexibility or concession on such a major issue. There has been speculation in the Indian press after the visit to Pakistan by the US emissary General Anthony Zinni regarding proposals purportedly from Islamabad for India to allow safe passage to the guerrillas, quoting the precedent of the Hazrat Bal shrine siege. Whether these reports hold any water or not is not known. However, Western diplomatic pressure on Islamabad is mounting, especially after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington DC and London, and these could take various forms, economic, political, diplomatic. The dependence of the Pakistani economy on the goodwill of the West, and particularly the US, to keep foreign fund flows going makes Pakistan that much more vulnerable to ‘persuasion’. It goes without saying that such ‘persuasion’ seeks to maintain the status quo on Kashmir, while advocating peaceful negotiations. Pakistan’s experience indicates that retaining the status quo has always proved favourable to India. Any disturbance of New Delhi’s hold on Kashmir, even if partial or temporary, serves to refocus the attention of the global community on a long-neglected, festering wound. But in trying to disturb the status quo in its favour, the manner in which Pakistan pursues this tactical goal is crucial. This cannot happen by ignoring the ground reality. The Pakistani army chief, General Pervez Musharraf, put his finger on the problem by describing Kargil as “a tactical, military issue”, while Kashmir as such was “a strategic, political” one. In other words, to see only the Kargil part of the picture represented by the Kashmir problem, is to miss the forest for the trees. However, in the present instance, Islamabad appears to have failed to persuade the global powers-that-be of the justness of this linkage. On the contrary, opinion seems to have hardened in the West that the status quo must be restored before diplomatic “business as usual” can be resumed. Most thinking people in Pakistan are by now convinced that there is no (regular) military option to obtain a solution to Kashmir, particularly after both India and Pakistan have demonstrated their nuclear capability. The irregular military option (guerrilla war) faces considerable political and ideological disabilities, especially since the Kashmir guerrilla movement has acquired a fundamentalist hue over time. This does not appear to be sufficiently inspiring for large numbers of the Kashmiri people who are well known for their traditional religious tolerance. This despite continuing repression by the Indian military in Kashmir. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been castigated by the right-wing, religious, fundamentalist opinion for stating an obvious truth that without both India and Pakistan going beyond their “stated positions”, no solution to the Kashmir problem is possible. The hue and cry against him for saying that, particularly in the Urdu press, reflects the limitations which restrict the country’s political leadership. No flexibility, political or diplomatic, is allowed to any Pakistani leader to even explore some middle ground. Any such suggestion is treated as treason, betrayal, the worst kind of skullduggery. For such ideologically ‘pure’ elements, it is either all or nothing as far as Kashmir is concerned. Before it is too late, sober heads must begin to ponder how much cloth we have remaining and how to cut it. Passion cannot replace cool calculation required for a strategic plan for peace. The Pakistani leadership must take into account a heavily dependent economic structure, an inability to rouse the world’s conscience beyond rhetoric, and the lack of a solid consensus across the

domestic political divide. The risk is that any attempt to work out a strategy based on the art of the possible would fall foul of Pakistan’s ideological hawks.



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CRITICAL LOGISTIC IMPORTANCE OF KARACHI FOR US EXIT: The Pakistan supply routes are “critical,” Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, deputy chief for Army logistics

Supply route closure impedes Afghan withdrawal 


By John Ryan
Staff writer
Soldiers run a 40-mile convoy, consisting of coalition and host-nation trucks, in southern Afghanistan. The convoy covered 63 miles of rugged terrain during the 15-hour mission.

Soldiers run a 40-mile convoy, consisting of coalition and host-nation trucks, in southern Afghanistan. The convoy covered 63 miles of rugged terrain during the 15-hour mission. (Army)

U.S. military commanders are pushing to reopen key supply routes through Pakistan and expand logistics lines in central Asia as the Army begins to draw down from Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s government shut down American cargo lines linking Karachi to Kabul after a Nov. 26 NATO airstrike accidentally killed more than 20 Pakistani soldiers.

Previously, one-third of American war supplies moved through Pakistan. Before the Pakistan shutdown, moving cargo into Afghanistan cost about $17 million a month.

Since then, coalition forces have relied on the Northern Distribution Network, a system of supply lines in countries such as Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan,http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/01/ap-us-costs-soar-for-new-war-supply-routes-011912/“>inflating supply costs by $87 million more per month, as of mid-January.

Retrograding materials and equipment from the war zone will require the Pakistan Ground Lines of Communications and the NDN in Asia, Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, deputy chief for Army logistics, said at a House hearing March 28.

“We need to continue to negotiate and get that back open,” Mason said. “We need both methods to get out of Afghanistan.”

In late February, Air Force Gen. William Fraser III, head of the U.S. Transportation Command, told a Senate panel the NDN lines should be widened into a two-way route to facilitate a transition out of theater on schedule.

Marine Gen. John Allen, commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, has been talking terms with Pakistan, Pentagon press secretary George Little said in an April 3 news release.

“We remain hopeful that those routes will be reopened in the near future, and discussions with the Pakistanis continue,” Little said.

Meanwhile, the Army and TRANSCOM are experimenting with a concept Mason calls “back haul,” in which trucks drop goods in Afghanistan and carry out a load when they leave. Before, cargo vehicles simply left empty.

The commands are looking to run back hauls regularly, Mason said.

Unlike retrograde ops in Iraq, U.S. forces will probably have to carry home most military materials, Mason said. The U.S. sold about $1 billion in military equipment to Iraqis before departing last year.

“The vast majority of what’s in Afghanistan — because of the conditions here — we are probably going to have to move out of that country,” he said.

About 50,000 vehicles will be shipped stateside from Afghanistan, and roughly 2,000 personnel will deploy to help move gear, according to Army officials.

Once at U.S. depots, combat equipment might cost more than $15 billion to reset, Mason said.

In 2008, the NDN was developed as an alternative to Pakistan supply lines, expensive airlift and slow-moving sea transport, according to a Senate staff report from December.

The network carries non-lethal supplies, including construction materials, food and fuel, the Senate report said.

Eighty-five percent of the fuel supply flows through northern routes, along with 30 percent of supplies that had previously come through Pakistan.

Most NDN cargo enters Afghanistan through Uzbekistan’s Hairaton Gate. Transporting gear through the NDN may involve multiple travel modes — air and ground — which boosts costs, Mason said.

The U.S. has relied more heavily on airlift recently. Last year, aircraft delivered 80 million pounds of cargo in Afghanistan, up from 60 million pounds the year before, according to the Air Mobility Command.

The Pakistan supply routes are “critical,” he said.




The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Apr. 10, 2012 – 08:30PM   |   Last Updated: Apr. 10, 2012 – 08:30PM  | 

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