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NATO aid to Pakistan significant

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Opposition politicians harshly criticized Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for letting NATO relief units into the country following the devastating Oct. 8 earthquake.

Legislators claimed that the proffered aid was in reality a veiled attempt to establish a permanent military presence in the country, a charge that Musharraf strongly denied.

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Since their arrival in Kashmir in November, NATO Air Mobile Medical Teams in have treated over 3,000 patients, SANA news agency reported.

The NATO Disaster Relief Team in Pakistan operate a Luxembourg MD Explorer, while Czech, Dutch, French, Portuguese and British NATO medics are working in NATO's Medical Relief Hospital in Bagh.

According to NATO, more than 150 NATO European air bridge flights have delivered more than 2,899 tons of tents, blankets, stoves and food to Pakistan. Their cargo has contained more than 14,400 tents, 182,000 blankets, nearly 3,000 portable stoves and tons of medical supplies.

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