Canada Negotiating with Pakistan for New Logistical Base - Source
A Pakistani Foreign Ministry source says that Canada has been negotiating with Pakistan in search for a Base for next year's scheduled withdrawal.
According to the source, Canada made the request to the Pakistani government several months ago.
Canada has been in a bitter dispute with the United Arab Emirates over landing rights of its two airlines the Emirates and Etihat. Both airlines have landing rights for six flights into Toronto's Pearson Airport weekly.
Dubai has been negotiating additional landing rights to which Air Canada objected. As a result no additional landing rights have been granted by the Canadian government.
Last weekend the UAE refused authority into its airspace that was carrying Defence Minister Peter MacKay and the Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk. Shortly thereafter it was announced that the UAE have kicked Canada out of the UAE and Camp Mirage, a covert base used for logistical supply to Afghanistan.
The Base was also to play a major part in Canada's scheduled withdrawal next year.
The request to get authority to use bases in Pakistan is not a surprise, but it would certainly make withdrawal more difficult. Pakistan is known as a haven for Taliban insurgents.
A base in Afghanistan would require much more security.