Pakistan sends back 90 US Army trainers

The Americans were training the Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency skills.

Islamabad: Around 90 of an estimated 135 US Army officials who were training a Pakistani paramilitary force have been sent back, a military official has said.

The Americans were training the Frontier Corps - a paramilitary force made up mostly of tribesmen from the northwestern region - in counter-insurgency skills along the porous border with Afghanistan, the Pakistani military official was quoted as saying by The Nation daily.

"We have reassessed our requirements and sent 90 people home," the official said.

"Where essential elements are required, we are keeping them. In very critical areas of maintenance and technical capability, where we do not have the qualified people then we are keeping them. But otherwise they are being asked to leave," he said.

US and Pakistani relations were affected after the May 02 raid by US special forces in Abbottabad city that led to the death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.


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