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US to formalize deal with Pakistan for using its airspace for military ops in Afghanistan

The US administration on Friday told lawmakers that it is nearing formalizing an agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to launch military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, CNN reported citing three sources familiar with the development. 

Islamabad has also shown interest to sign an MoU in exchange for assistance with its own counterterrorism efforts, as per a source. The negotiations are underway, another source informed CNN, and terms and conditions of the agreement, which has not been finalized, could still change.  

An agreement was discussed when US officials visited Pakistan, the third source told CNN. Presently, Washington uses Pak’s airspace to reach war-torn Afghanistan for ongoing intelligence-gathering. But so far there is no official agreement that can ensure continued access to a critical piece of airspace necessary for the US to reach Afghanistan. 

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