WASHINGTON – The effects of Pakistan’s delay in issuing visas to U.S. officials engaged in fighting roadside bombs need to be investigated, American Senator Robert Casey said, reported USA Today on Saturday.
“The delays facing US personnel who are working to protect our troops are unacceptable, and we need to determine the scope of the problem and ways to mitigate its impact,” Casey said in a statement.
This week, the GAO released a report that showed delays in granting visas to US officials hindered efforts to limit IED components from reaching Afghanistan. IEDs are the top killer of US troops there.
The Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organisation estimates that more than 80 per cent of the IEDs in Afghanistan have Pakistani origins.