US seeks to ban ammonium nitrate production in Pak

Last Updated: Monday, July 4, 2011 - 16:10

Islamabad: US is seeking to ban the
production of ammonium nitrate used in fertilizers in Pakistan
as the substance has dual use of making improvised explosive
devices (IED) that have killed hundreds of US soldiers in
Afghanistan.

American Ambassador Mark Grossman is hoping that a
meeting in Islamabad this week would lead to a ban on the
substance, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The US Defence Department believes that about 85 percent of the Afghan IEDs are made with ammonium nitrate brought from Pakistan.

In his address to Pakistani physicians on Saturday
night, Grossman, the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and
Pakistan, noted that the IEDs had also killed thousands of
Pakistanis.

"We hope that the July 5 meeting in Islamabad will
deal with this problem once and for all," he said.
Senator Robert P Casey, a member of the US Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, told more than 2,500 Pakistani
physicians attending the convention that they should use their
influence to convince Pakistan to make a law banning ammonium
nitrate.

Ambassador Grossman said the US administration was
already working with the Pakistani government on the issue and
hoped that the July 5 meeting would lead to a positive result.

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield will
lead the US delegation to this meeting of the Strategic
Dialogue Working Group on counter-terrorism and law
enforcement.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 4, 2011 - 16:10

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