Pakistan eyeing UK arms in Afghanistan

The Pakistani government has called on Britain to give it military equipment in Afghanistan, which the country would leave behind after the withdrawal of its troops before the end of 2014.

The issue was discussed during talks between Prime Minister David Cameron and his Pakistani counterpart Raja Perviz Ashraf at a Number 10 meeting on Tuesday, according to media reports.

The reports had it that Ashraf has apparently asked for military hardware such as night goggles, tanks and armoured vehicles to use them in dealing with the Taliban insurgents after the withdrawal of foreign troops from the war-torn country.

Britain has recently announced a deal with Uzbekistan to sell its weapons in exchange for safe passage for thousands of vehicles and containers as British troops prepare to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Pakistan, however, has questioned the deal and stated that the costs and logistics through this country could be much cheaper than those through Uzbekistan, noting that Britain has chosen a highly expensive route.

This is while that some equipment will be transported back to Britain through Pakistan, which according to reports is not of much significance as far as military issues are concerned.

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