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US officials vacate Shamsi airbase

December 11, 2011 - Islamabad

US officials have vacated the Shamsi airbase after being asked by Pakistan following the NATO air strikes that killed 24 soldiers on November 26.

Pakistan Defence Ministry is poised to take control of the Shamsi airbase from Sunday, The Nation reports.

According to security sources, the officials of Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior are present at Shamsi airbase.

The decision on whether to hand over the airbase to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be taken later on, the sources added.

Pakistan had asked Washington to vacate the airbase after the NATO attack, which led to a huge protest across the country.

The government took stern steps by boycotting the Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan despite being urged repeatedly by world leaders, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of States Hillary Clinton.


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