Additional Secretary‚ Ministry of Defence‚ Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmed and US Charge d Affaires‚ Richard Hoagland signed the MoU which replaced the existing arrangements for NATO supplies.
According to a statement issued by the Defence Ministry the MoU has been drafted under the light of the UN Charter and in line with the recommendations of the Parliament.
A concept of Central Coordination Authority‚ which would oversee the implementation of the pact‚ has been introduced.
Under the agreed terms‚ the supply of ammunition is not permitted but supply of weapons to Afghan National Army has been allowed. The cargoes can transport food‚ medicines and items of daily use to allied forces‚ fighting in Afghanistan.
The statement said two routes will be used for the supply‚ one from Southern port Qasim to Afghanistan through Torkham pass.
Speaking on the occasion‚ Secretary Defence retired Lt. General Asif Yasin Malik said the MoU has been finalized in the light of the recommendations of the parliament and provides workable guidelines for the future.
He said the MoU is also in the interest of the US‚ Afghanistan and other forces operating in Afghanistan which would contribute to the stability of the region.
The Defence Secretary said Pakistan has positively been contributing to the peace and stability of the region.
US Acting Ambassador Richard Hoagland said the ceremony is a demonstration of increased transparency and openness between the two Governments in respect of Pakistan's sovereignty.
He said it is our shared commitment to support Afghanistan and regional stability. He said we are committed to working together with Pakistan towards these goals on the basis of mutual interest and respect.
To a question‚ he said 1.18 billion dollars under Coalition Support Fund have been released to Pakistan.