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Pakistan suspends Nato supply route over security

Published Jul 26, 2012 10:53am


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Trucks transporting Nato supplies. — File Photo
Trucks transporting Nato supplies. — File Photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan has temporarily stopped Nato supply trucks crossing its northwestern border into Afghanistan over security concerns due to fears of attacks, officials said Thursday.

Gunmen on Tuesday attacked a convoy of Nato supply trucks, killing a driver, in the town of Jamrud near the main northwestern city of Peshawar, in the first such attack since Pakistan lifted a seven-month blockade of the border.

“Movement of Nato vehicles has been temporarily suspended since Wednesday evening to beef up security,” a paramilitary official told AFP.

“We have launched a search operation in the hills surrounding Jamrud,” the official added.

On Wednesday officials at the northwestern Torkham crossing had said traffic was picking up for the first time since the blockade ended, with more than 100 vehicles crossing in recent days.

Local administration official Bakhtiar Khan confirmed Thursday the supply route had been suspended due to “security reasons”.

“Intelligence officials have informed the authority that attacks may occur on Nato vehicles this week and in the light of this a security plan is being chalked out,” Khan told AFP.

He said the Nato route would “resume very soon”, but that until then trucks carrying supplies for the 130,000-strong US-led mission in Afghanistan had been told not to approach the border.

“We have been told by authorities to wait here as they are building up security after the firing incident,” Amanullah Khan, a Nato truck driver, told AFP in Peshawar.

So far, the closure has only affected the Torkham crossing.

At the southwestern crossing of Chaman, some 17 trucks were awaiting clearance to enter Afghanistan and 20 other trucks were parked in Quetta, clearing agent Ashraf Khan told AFP.

Islamabad closed its land routes to Nato convoys after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, but reopened them after Washington said sorry for the deaths.

Before the blockade, around 150 trucks crossed into Afghanistan each day at Torkham — the closest border crossing to Kabul — and officials say the flow will rise to up to 300 a day.


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Comments (17) Closed

Dhanus Menon Jul 27, 2012 03:47am
totally second that...
Nazar Jul 26, 2012 12:34pm
This mayhem will never end until this irgnorances does not changes. You have to get rid of these prophets and 'guests' if you are to live in a better place.
Khizr Jul 26, 2012 12:53pm
It is the after affect of US cold war. Watch the movie Charlie Wilson's war.
ahmad Jul 26, 2012 01:00pm
If state understands what people want and acts according to peoples wishes, there will be no state within state. Government has to adopt a medium way accepteble to all pakistanis.
Seedoo Jul 26, 2012 12:21pm
And you think the people creating this mayhem will go away and not bother anyone after the US has left? This cancer was not created by US invasion of Afghanistan, it has been nurtured and has been growing for years. US invasion only brought out the symptoms. It will continue to spread even after the US has left.
Zero Jul 26, 2012 11:53am
This mayhem will never end until the US is out of the region .. and I am afraid, never ever.
Ksmat Jul 26, 2012 03:45pm
When you allow someone to hijack the course of civil discourse, no matter what the reason, you create a monster. All we have now are the unintended consequences of a short-sided strategy.
Tahir IQ Jul 26, 2012 04:23pm
All neighbouring countries need to sit down and implement a peaceful resolution to respect each sovereign integrity, set up trade agreements and eliminate hostalities so that development can take place and citizen of all neigbhouring countries get better life. Foreigner presence in Afghanistan will not provide any stability unless local Afghan solution is achieved.
Khan Jul 26, 2012 06:03pm
oh really then where was the suicide bombinig and killing before US invation, untill USA came and all these things started
qamruz Jul 26, 2012 06:36pm
Pakistanis are suffering as punihment from God for their heinous genocide of 3 miilions of Bangladeshi muslims in 1971.Now they are doing the same killing in Baluchistan and NWF provinces.
pr sharma Jul 26, 2012 07:03pm
you mean that government should agree to the demands pf militants. If the establishment bows down to every such demands (genuine or in genuine) there won't be rule of law and chaos will be created.Writ of government is necessary. every group thinks that whatever they are doing is just ,reasonable and must be accepted else they will fight against the establishment. One of the root cause current problems in Pakistan.
Kamal Jul 26, 2012 08:17pm
This madness (Terrorism) will stop when people start following the laws based on equality for all, which do not have any room for religion. It has nothing to do with US leaving or not, the same things are happening in various places through out the world irrespective of US presence or not fex Philipines, Western china, Southern Thailand, Indonasia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Northern India, Bangladesh, Chechnya, Syria, Egypt and in future in the western world.
prkshah Jul 26, 2012 08:34pm
This will neverend.It is culture that fans the fire. It needs complete change how Pakistani - Muslim society behaves. The score should not be settled by gun.
Mustafa Jul 26, 2012 10:03pm
The mayhem will continue indefinitely unless the militants and terrorists take control of Islamabad, get rid of all civil and military leaders, get rid of al existing laws of Pakistan, parliamentary and judiciary systems, confine all Pakistani women in kitchens and bedrooms, hang all those without beard, burn all schools and colleges except Madarsas and much more. The vast majority of Pakistanis do nor realize that the enemies of America are also equally enemies of Pakistan and they are not doing any favor to America by joining with America on war on terror. They will realize this only when their kith and kin, the militants and terrorists will destroy Pakistan and take control of what is left. May Allah give wisdom to Pakistanis.
Thinkything Jul 27, 2012 12:08am
This war will lead to world war I I I even after Nato forces left Afghanistan but revenge price will need to pay afterwards !
Iqbal Jul 27, 2012 05:03am
Attacks on Nato supply is evidence that US Authority is only looking interest of high level authority of Government of Pakistan. USA never thinks or look the interest of effected Citizen of Pakistan. They never tried to keep good relations with actual effected citizen of Pakistan. From large amount of USA aids to Pakistan, it is facts that Citizen of Pakistan not getting a single penny from aids. Under this circumstances it is not possible to keep smooth Nato supply.
raja imran dhruggi Jul 27, 2012 11:16am
Attack on Nato supply truks was quite obvious.Pakistan stance to stop Nato supply was mere an eye wash.It was difficult for Pakistan to resist around 50 countries which are directly or indirectly attach with Nato forces.Reopening is not a solution of the problems.Permanent solution of the problem is only possible until Taliban are taken into confidence.It was nice chance for Pakistan to negiotate with talban when pakistan cut off supply line of Nato forces.Being a pakistan its my request to the pakistan govt to sort out this matter to save the lives of innocent Pakistani drivers