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Shamsi base vacated; Pakistan take control

Quetta: Pakistan on Sunday took over the control of Shamsi airbase in the Washuk district of Balochistan province, as American personnel met the deadline for eviction given by the government after Nato attack on country’s check-posts in Mohmand agency last month.

Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said that the last flight carrying left over US Personnel and Equipment departed Shamsi Base on Sunday afternoon and the Base has been completely vacated.

The ISPR said that the control of the Base has been taken over by the Pakistan Army.

The sources said that the Pakistani flag has been hoisted at the airbase.

“Pakistani authorities have also canceled the agreement of UAE,” a private Pakistani television channel reported.

On Saturday, 51 US personnel vacated the airbase and their luggage has been shifted to Afghanistan and FC took the control of base.

The base was previously used by the UAE leaders as they have been allotted hunting areas by the government of Pakistan in the vicinity of the base.

Pakistan had served a 15 day notice to US to pack up and leave the air strip, located some 300 km south of Quetta, Balochistan after the attack which led the killing of 24 soldiers.