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NATO, Pakistan to hold drills off Karachi

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ISLAMABAD: NATO will today begin two days of joint naval exercises with Pakistan as part of an effort to enhance cooperation in counterterrorism and anti-piracy measures.

According to information from Karachi, five NATO vessels, carrying about 800 crew in total, will take part along with four ships and air units from the Pakistan Navy. “It’s a diplomatic trip,” Lt. Cmdr. Alexandre Santos Fernandes said in Karachi yesterday.

“NATO is willing to establish contact with countries that cooperate in the international effort to counter terrorism, piracy and other organized crime issues,” he said. NATO and the United States look to Pakistan for support in defeating Al-Qaeda and stabilizing neighboring Afghanistan.
Courtesy: Arab News

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Azhar Masood is Controller of News in PTV, and Chief Instructor of PTV Academy, working for Arab News. He has Covered Iraq War from Baghdad for CNN, BBC, FOX News, and Al-Jazeera and other regional channels. He covered conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina. He interviewed Yasir Arafat of Palestine, Paul Wolfoweit, Prime Minister Jean Ghteyan of Canada, Dr. Amar Musa of Egypt, Mr. Haris Slajic, Prime Minister of Bosnia Dr. Akbar Ali Vallayati, former Foreign Minister of Iran, President Kumaratunge of Sri Lanka, Mr. Kumar Su Bramanyem, Director of National Defence Institute of India, Mr. Hamid Karzai President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Chalabi of Iraq National Congress, Mr. Hoshyar Zubari, Vice President Kurdish Democratic Party of Iraq
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