THIS is with reference to Moez Mobeen and Dr Nida Shami’s letters regarding the ‘NATO supply resumption question’ (May 25). NATO supplies have been blocked by Pakistan for quite some time now. The US has neither apologised for the Salala incident nor has there been any reduction in drone attacks.

The US is already thinking of punishing Pakistan by cutting its aid. The 33-year imprisonment for Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the US in locating the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, has hastened that process.

As a result, the US has withheld an aid of $33 million to this country on an immediate basis. This is blatant interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs. The opening of the NATO route is a tricky issue for the government. All religious parties have threatened in the strongest terms to stage widespread protests if the route was opened. Drone attacks are also continuing as usual. So, the government is in a difficult situation.

This is also the budget season for Pakistan. Its annual budget is going to be announced within a few days’ time. The kitty of the government is empty. It doesn’t have cash to pay for the circular debt to give any respite to the people by easing the menace of loadshedding. If further aid is cut by the US, Pakistan’s economy will be in dire straits.

In view of the above, the government should take a pragmatic view of the whole situation regarding the NATO route and decide whatever is best for the country.


Updated May 31, 2012 09:09pm

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Comments (3) (Closed)

Jun 01, 2012 04:43am
Excellent article by Azfar A Khan. It is absolutely waste of the time of journalists and writers to write anything on “mistakes and undoing” of Pakistan. There is a shocking writing on the wall that the enemies of Pakistan, I guess, are happy to read. Pakistan has done worst political mistake in stabbing on the back of its closest ally. I hope I am wrong.
Jun 01, 2012 11:45am
Dear Mustafa , no you are not wrong but your choice of words are some what miss placed ironically . pakistan has not stabbed its closet ally by BUT the mistake it did (politically as well as militarily ) is to raise its head any cry aloud while its pay master expected even not a whisper of discontent . Sen Jhon Mccain ( a well repested republican whose voice is heard always ) Termed this (your back stabbing act !) as Bhata Khouri linked to the price (US5000 for every truck nato has to get pass pakistan border ) Paksitan is seeking to reopen . So The Writing is on the Wall .
Jun 01, 2012 07:52pm
This article in Dawn sumptously sums up Pakistan's options: Story title: “Can beggars be choosers?" Ardeshir Cowasjee Dawn Oct 11th 2009