London: Stockpiles of NATO military equipment
meant for use against the Taliban are being sold in Pakistan's
black market, a British media report said.
Stolen military-issue knives, Kevlar bulletproof vests, tool kits,
flares, first aid sets and even official stationery are on sale in
Pakistan, the Daily Express reported.
According to the report, in Pakistan's Karkhano market in Peshawar
city, near Afghan border, merchants display masses of camouflage
clothing and military-grade insect repellent at very low prices.
A vendor confirmed, the kit came from NATO lorries plundered on
the border and the US-run Baghram air base, where entire
containers are illegally bought and auctioned off, One vendor
Buyers "come from all over Pakistan, even foreigners, and are
attracted because it is of good quality and is being sold very
cheaply", he said.
"Much of this kit may have been stolen during hijacking of the
convoys, but some is certainly being sold by Afghan National Army
forces," said Patrick Mercer, a British MP.