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Pakistan to be designated non-Nato ally of US

The US on Thursday said it will name Pakistan a key non-Nato ally, elevating the country’s military status as Pakistani troops launched a fresh operation against suspected members of al-Qaeda in a remote border region. The announcement by Colin Powell, US secretary of state, was welcomed by Pakistan as a step that would make it easier for the country to buy arms from the US. Mr Powell was on a visit to Pakistan, one of the US’s main allies in the war on terrorism, to meet General Pervez Musharraf, the military ruler, and Zafarullah Khan Jamali, the prime minister. Full Story

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