Pakistan blocks Afghanistan NATO supplies after check post attack

Published: November 26, 2011

Security personnel watch a truck carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan return from the Torkham border crossing after Pakistani authorities suspended NATO supplies on November 26, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: Pakistani authorities on Saturday blocked the NATO supply route to Afghanistan after an attack on a border check post killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers. The attack by NATO helicopters on a check post located in Mohmand Agnecy killed at least 24 soldiers and injured 12.

Official sources confirmed the suspension of supplies, adding that all containers were stopped at the Takhta Baig check post in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.

“We have suspended the supply and will not let even a single container move ahead,” the official added.

“We have stopped NATO supplies after receiving orders from the federal government,” Mutahir Hussain, a senior administration official in Khyber tribal region, on the Afghan border, told AFP. ”Supply trucks are being sent back to Peshawar.”

Takhta Baig is the first check post followed by four more check posts in the tribal areas and is the shortest possible route to Afghanistan.

Gilani condemns attack

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the attack on the check post in Mohmand Agency.

Speaking to the media in Multan, Gilani said that a meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the foreign secretary was currently underway in Islamabad, and added that he would be joining them soon. The prime minister has cut short his three-day visit to Multan to return to the capital.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the matter was being taken up in the “strongest terms” with NATO and the US on the directions of the prime minister.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has also said that no action against Pakistan’s would be tolerated.

She said that the attack will be condemned on all forums and the government will also take up the issue internationally.

Pakistan lodges protest with the US

Iffat Gardezi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Pakistani Embassy in the US,  has lodged a verbal protest over the attack.

A Pakistan Embassy spokesperson told The Express Tribune that Iffat Gardezi had contacted the State Department at midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

The spokesperson said that Gardezi had in strong words raised the issue of the death of Pakistani soldiers by ISAF and termed the incident as “unprovoked”.

(with additional reporting by Huma Imtiaz)

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Reader Comments (95)

  • Fahad Raza
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Happy thanksgiving..NATO

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:03PM

    This is extremely horrible
    Cut it off permanently. and Get out of this War oF Terror
    enough is enough seriously

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  • ashok sai
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:04PM

    This looks childish, either they should retaliate or wait for the explanation from the NATO officials. Do they mean, if you transport goods via central asia then you are allowed to shoot at our soldiers.

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  • Nadeem
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:05PM

    I have always wondered that why Pakistan is allowing the NATO supply via country in spite of all the misdeeds they are doing with the country. From tomorrow the supplies will again began and we will forget all this because this has now become a routine for us. SAD !!!

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  • Anon
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:07PM

    Good. Who do they think they are? Ingrates!

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  • Feroz
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:16PM

    This is a much needed step as it his high time the ambiguity on the goals in Afghanistan are clearly enunciated by those fomenting terrorism as well as those fighting it. Rejecting all financial Aid should be the next bold step needed to break the slave/master relationship.

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  • frank
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:17PM

    And don’t forget to switch your mobile phones off too.

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  • Zaman khan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:17PM

    they dont understand the language of verbal protests. Must respond in kind. When will our airforce be used to shotdown NATO helicopters?Recommend

  • Rick
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Strange why NATO troops never get shot at by Pakistani troops, is it plain incompetance by NATO or a cowboy mentality or what?

    Pakistan should respond in kind and then issue an apology, works both ways.

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  • Noor
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Will we keep protesting for ever?
    Are we that insane?

    We need to
    stop all supplies forthwith;
    lobby with neighbouring countries to push US out of it;
    one-to-one dialogue with Taliban for peace, irrespective of US or NATO interests;
    lodge legitimate complaints in International Court of Justice with regards to all violations done by them so far, employing professional lawyers;
    expel at least two US Diplomats as Person Non-Grata.

    Anyone opposing above will prove himself to be our Enemy’s Agent and should be tried for treason under Article 6.Recommend

  • Chengez K
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Let every NATO container from Karachi to Khyber burn to ash!!!Recommend

  • KL
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:20PM

    The only thing we can do for a day or two.

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:25PM

    Once again US and NATO soldiers will be using GRASS instead of toilet paper!!!!

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  • ali
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:26PM

    what else they can do …………………….??? stop the supply …keep in mind that its tax free supply to NATTO ,.1 week maximum and then every thing will be back to normal …what abt our soldiers ..our national integrity ,……
    Shameless people ……including ourselves ….

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  • Ali Khan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:26PM

    whay only Nato supllies thay shuld stop all and every kind of supllies to afganistanRecommend

  • Erum
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:27PM

    the govt. will soon allow NATO containers to go through this route. nothing will be changed.

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  • Farzan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:35PM

    This is war!

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  • Noor Meem
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:41PM

    for how many hours/days?

    Don’t make a mockery of Pakistan, please

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  • Shahid Malik
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:49PM

    Enough is enough. Pakistan must cut off NATO supplies to Afghanistan for good. We should stand up on our feet. Businessmen should pay full taxes so that we do not need to beg from others. If not, then businessmen of our country are to blame for our humiliation.

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  • Straight_Talk
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:50PM

    These measures are unsustainable if Pakistan has not decided to accept a downfall to a very bleak and isolated future for itself. Can Pakistan afford to do without Trade concessions, loans and aids from US and EU and other NATO countries ? Can Pakistan do without the supply of spares from the NATO countries for its military hardware ?

    Let us suppose that NATO steps back and accepts mistakes. Then after some time again repeats this same thing. What will Pak do ? Can it confront the US in the long run ?

    Pakistan has no choice. It may raise a lot of hue and cry but ultimately it will have to fall in line.

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 1:51PM

    After 3 days NATO supply will resume. You heard it first here!

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  • Azmat Ali
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:55PM

    Now a strong reply should be sent to NATO and America by stopping Nato Supply (on every route) and stop all kind of negotiation with NATO and America till their apology.
    And permanently get out of this war on terror.

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:05PM

    I wish some of you people would feel as strong and be as vocal when terrorists kill Pakistani army jawaans in cold blood – for some reason most of you seem to go quite and call it Jihad

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  • ghulam mustafa
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:09PM

    It’s intolerable. Block them permanently via Pakistan routes. Let be out of this alliance now.

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  • Musa
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:10PM

    Pakistan should cutoff all contacts with the U.S. government for 40 days and it should also cutoff NATO supplies for 40 days. This is a direct attack on Pakistani democracy and Pakistani sovereignty.Recommend

  • big bass butler
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:11PM

    USA!,USA!

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  • Naveed
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:21PM

    and when will you start again ?

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Dont worry our liberal fundos will open it after 3 days

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  • Chilbul pande
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:26PM

    @ ashok sai, Stoping NATO supplies is a drama. You see…… after 8days pakistan will accept Blood money/ diyyat in return of soldiers killed and resume NATO supplies. Have you forgotten justice given to Raymond davis?

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  • afrn
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:28PM

    @Musa:
    what wil happen if they cutoff their supplies to pakistan? pakistan is helpless.

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  • asim
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:36PM

    @Gen Pasha (retd): People do feel equally strong when our army is attacked by the terrorists (no one calls it a jihad except the terrorists), people might not be vocal about this because they (terrorists) are our enemies and attacks are expected from enemies when a country is at war. People are vocal about that attacks on our army by our “allies” because your allies are not supposed to attack you. Being a general i think you should know the difference between an ally and an enemy.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:38PM

    How about we launch few missiles at their bases and call it ” oops sorry didnt knew it “

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  • Usman Ayub
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:39PM

    This is shame for us, i cant say any thing else

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 2:43PM

    Stop that permanently..

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  • Anonymous
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:44PM

    Gen Pasha (Retd)

    The feeling is there but here the anger would be different as we are not fighting against US they why they are killing our peopleRecommend

  • maestro
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:51PM

    @big bass butler:
    Mr USA USA! USA is an ungrateful “friend”! Time is not far when our armed forces will shoot down your choppers! This is not Afghanistan or Iraq – we are a nuclear power of a 180 million people and the 5th largest standing army. You are pushing us to the limits. If you dare invade Pakistan, you will forget Vietnam. USA can’t afford to feed its own people these days and thinks its a super power. Your days are over. Oh, and you owe China how much again? UHHH over $750 BILLION – LOLLLSSSRecommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Just bomb a couple of NATO bases in Afghanistan, issue an apology and get it done and over with. As someone said, ‘works both ways.’

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  • Tahir Nadeem
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:06PM

    It is high time that strong retaliatory response is given to the invading armies. We cannot let such situations continue. It is a plain aggresssion, not a mistake.

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  • Someone
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:08PM

    @big bass butler: “Haqqani network, Haqqani network!”

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  • maz3tt
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:11PM

    There should be the permanent solution to this . if i can remember right some times ago there was a similar sort of attack on the checkpost . some solders were martyred . Pakistan stopped the supply for some days . there was official apology from US and everything was back to normal . Only tit for tat answer will make them think before doing this exercise again.

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  • Zameer
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Dear Pakistani Muslims, remember that it was on this day 3 years ago that hundreds of innocent Indian citizens lost their lives – women and children among them, to cowardly terrorists. Spare a moment for them too.Recommend

  • Chanakya
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:38PM

    This proves WHO is in COMMAND. As soon as an attack on establishment, supply route is closed. When APC suggested it, did nothing.Recommend

  • Kami
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Need to findout, who all are earning (directly / indirectly) from supplies to NATO/Afghanistan: interesting details would comeout……………!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Munna
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:44PM

    Pakistan must declare “No Fly Zone” for NATO planes and US drones.

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  • Anonymous
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Cut off NATO supply for 3 months, we will see how they will fight with militants in Afghanistan… US n NATO is not giving a single dollar for tax to PAK for using our roads (ROAD TAX) cause heavy containers damage roads…Recommend

  • Human
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:50PM

    @ashok sai:

    well said.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:54PM

    How about a retaliatory strike

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  • Hamid
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:57PM

    I hope we suspend NATO supplies for once and for all. 26 soldiers is a huge number, this is more than a killing, this is a massacre. The US should pay for this in equal amount of sacrifice. The federal government should block every supply route to the Afghanistan and let the NATO soldiers suffer hunger and supply shortage. Go to hell peace of war.

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  • R.Khan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:19PM

    CIA+MOSSAD+RAW Conspiracy!

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  • mujhaid
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:25PM

    This not for the firt time, nato and america attacked few time on pakistani area but not strong reaction seemed,tis is also for the time being that pak stoped nato tankers….

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 4:27PM

    the last time around…3 of our troops died…NATO was on the ropes for 11 days without the supply trucks…so going by mathematical calculations, this time around 88 days is a minimum (although I think they should cut it off completely)…but I dont think our govt has the guts to do that…an insincere apology and they will move on…

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:55PM

    pls cut it permanently

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:55PM

    please cut it permanently.

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  • usman
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:56PM

    we have lost all honour.

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  • KRAZA
    Nov 26, 2011 - 4:59PM

    There is no value of our soldiers in eyes of NATO and our Govt.

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  • Shyam
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:00PM

    @maestro
    “Oh, and you owe China how much again? UHHH over $750 BILLION”

    There is a saying, “If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem”

    if USA owes a lot of money to China it is China’s problem if US economy collapses. Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:03PM

    @Zameer:
    Indians are being killed by terrorists for long time and no one in the world cared. but 3 years ago on 26/11 they specifically targeted US UK and Israeli tourists in Mumbai. Maybe this is their way of remembering their slain citizens.Recommend

  • Skin Taj
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:11PM

    “an insane and immoral brutality”….cool heads should prevail in this sensitive situation..BUT response should be SWIFT AND SOLID……to this ACT OF AGGRESSION…

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  • XYZ
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Wow, what a ‘BIG BOSS’ show,

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  • Surya
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @maestro:
    Do you know anything about anything international trade?? China purchases Treasury bonds so as to park their foreign exchange reserves in a safe haven and also to protect chinese exports. Unlike India Chinese economy is dependent on exports and US is their biggest customer. Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:52PM

    Did NATO do this for fun or were the NATO forces provoked to take action against the check post It really dosent make much sense for NATO to attack Pakistan without cause.Recommend

  • Maulana Sandwitch
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:06PM

    We can not fight India,Taliban and other insurgents and you emotional people want us to fight the sole super power?We have lost all our wars fought with India.For the last almost 8 years we are fighting against may be 50,000 terrorists and still we have not succeeded,in accomplishing that task.Do you want the US Army to invade us?The result is likely to be balkanization of this country.Cool down,use your mind and not heart and emotions,control your ghairat.Some inefficient,non professional and untrained pilots and their commanders have acted in a absurd way,but it can never be intentional.Wait for the investigations.This is 6th such incident since 2008.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:07PM

    What dum peoples are we first we fought for queen in ww2 for our independence and got
    killed thousands and now …… we worth nothing ……

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  • guest-worker
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:12PM

    @Hu Jintao:
    How about a retaliatory strike?? Well- We have sent the “lion” and his friends to the wizard of OZ and we await the COURAGE transfusion. Can you suggest some ways beyond beyond Blocking supplies.?

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  • Paknumber1
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:14PM

    It is time to show who is the boss to the NATO.
    Time to stop NATO supplies for 90 days, No Diplomatic relations with NATO countries for 90 days. All the ghairatmand Pakistani should protest this killing of the brave jawans by NOT visiting the NATO country for 90 days, this means no vacation, business and student visits to the NATO countries. Why should we spent our $$$ in the NATO countries?.
    The PTI and all its supports should be in forefront of these “NO VISIT” to the NATO country protests, IK should not visit his sons in LONDON or US for raising funds from pakistani-doctors for the next 90 days.
    Instead, for next 90 days, let our students, tourists, businessmen and politicians visit only the “all weather friend” china for the next 90 days. This will strengthen our bonding with the great chinese people.

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  • Cool
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:26PM

    @Shahid Malik: ‘Businessmen should pay full taxes so that we do not need to beg from others. If not, then businessmen of our country are to blame for our humiliation’. Have you forgotten that the establishment has the biggest businesses in Pak. Dare to ask them to pay taxes?

    @maestro: Yes USA might be down today and the owe China money. Why are you worried whether China invests in USA Treasury Bonds. What has Pak got to do with China’s money. Are you stating that Pak is part of China? Is Pak any better in its economy?

    @Someone: The establishment has confirmed controlling Haqqani and they hsve killed Americans. So directly Pak has declared war on ISAF.

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  • buttjee
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Pakistan should provide proper air defense cover to the border posts. Stop NATO supplies through a national assembly resolution. Boycott the coming Bonn conference. Stop intelligence sharing with US / NATO. Down grade cooperation with US on Afghan peace process.

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  • sohaib
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:38PM

    This time, will we stop these supplies forever, please! Otherwise this will become a joke.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Pathetic Response by Pakistan. Hope NATO learns its lessons.

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 6:51PM

    NATO you made life miserable of our people. You swallow lives, roads and what not. Anyone in official authority awakening beyond the cut off supply for two days?

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  • aayush
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:58PM

    i wonder why pakistanis always talk and just talk why u cant do anything. there are many suggestions here but why r u afraid to implement them. why ?

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  • Jay
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Serves a country right which keeps ‘snakes in its backyard’ as said by Ms. Hillary Clinton and which refuses to take action against the perpetrators of 26/11 2008 terrorist attack against India inspite of being provided legally valid evidence. No sympathy from this Indian at all to the latest killing of Pakistani soldiers by NATO.

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  • sajid
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Is this the best they can do? Recommend

  • Wow
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:38PM

    The above article does not prove ISAF was involved. Can Pak please provide proof so that we can also use our denial No. 10725.Recommend

  • sajid
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:40PM

    We need a more permanant solution to this problem. I heard that America is working on alternative supply routes. What if they are successful? How long can we continue with this supply blockage topi drama?

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  • Maratha
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Ha ha ha

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  • Grace
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Time to seal the border permanently. Unless NATO works in concert with Pakistan, they cannot root out the criminals which were allowed free access there due to short sighted Western policies in defeating the Soviets. Not only is an apology due to Pakistan but compensation should be made to the families of the brave soldiers and a mechanism should be put in place to prevent such incidents from happening. Recommend

  • naeem hussain
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Pakistan blocked NATO supply bur for few days only eventually they will open again do not worry America.

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  • Pundit
    Nov 26, 2011 - 8:50PM

    No need for ms Sherry to fly to Washington…at least save the fuel.

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  • Ali haider
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:17PM

    @Fahad Raza:
    PAKISTAN ZINDABADRecommend

  • umair
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:23PM

    please must stop the NATO supply permanently…!!!!NEVER AND EVER LET THEM IN..!!

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  • Pk-Jawan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:30PM

    in my world of thoughts, this attack was meant to put pressure and engage the Pak-Army from the memo gate scandal which is a serious concern and left the civilian on it knees.

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  • Pundit
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:44PM

    Lets call an all party committee………………

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  • Somy
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:45PM

    @aayush:
    “i wonder why pakistanis always talk and just talk why u cant do anything. there are many suggestions here but why r u afraid to implement them. why”
    This is called Impotent Fury. Recommend

  • Arif Hussain
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Twenty-six soldiers slaughtered and all our government could do was record a protest and block NATO supplies. Innocent civilians get killed every day in drone attacks and not a feather moves in Islamabad. Our enemies think that our blood is cheap and we keep proving them right.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:54PM

    @Munna:
    Don’t worry. Your wish for “No Fly Zone” is coming soon, the same way it came in Iraq and Libya.

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  • Nick
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:14PM

    Incidents like this sparks wars, NATO needs to address the issue as soon as possible and make it a top priority.

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  • Ankur
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Supplies are stopped temporarily to create interest among people, but will resume shortly. This is simple vote bank politics. Do not get attach your sentiments to it.

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  • Syed Hasan Atizaz
    Nov 27, 2011 - 2:34AM

    i wish nato supplies to be blocked permanently-. hope govt stands by its decision.

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  • Yousaf
    Nov 27, 2011 - 2:36AM

    @Jay:
    No human being’s blood is cheap whichever part of the world that be in.Let’s have a moment of silence for the fallen soldiers and their families, then you can go back to your tirades. I am very confident that most of our Indian brethren can provide a much more considerate response than yours.

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  • Canadian Hindu
    Nov 27, 2011 - 3:11AM

    Was it just coincidence that this happened on the 26/11 anniversary????

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  • wisal afridi
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:00PM

    The Correct name of political agenct khyber agency is Mr. Mutahir Zeb not Mutahir Hussain.

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  • Sinner Proselytisers
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:54AM

    We have been blaming the CIA RAW MOSSAD etc etc etc.
    Has anyone given a thought to the EVANGELICAL ANGLE.
    This to me is the biggest sin going around the world and the fastest spreading disease.
    It is time to wake up and look at this angle carefully and understand what the west is doing here.

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  • buttjee
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Maratha:
    insane response to a very serious issue.Recommend

  • suny
    Jan 14, 2012 - 11:53PM

    great weldone

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