Pakistan temporarily suspends NATO supply route over security

By AFP
Published: July 26, 2012

Step taken in light of possible attacks on the supply trucks this week. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

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.

“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.

Local administration official Bakhtiar Khan confirmed 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.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 26, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Instead of improving security situation, another indecent decision.

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  • Cautious
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Many will view this as Pakistan once again saying one thing and doing another — the trucks that were attacked were unescorted — might start with fixing that.

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:53PM

    Yes ! Better sort it out, as otherwise no Money coming your way too !
    Such a pathetic state this Country is in and yet are reluctant to act to amend their self inflicted problems !

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  • Ali
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Sort out the mess first!! put things in black n white!! get the money released thts in the pipeline!!
    Do not let the movement go free or for granted!! get the drones out!! pending payment schedule be strictly implemented!! we already had paid heavily!! we gotta protect our rights first for foremost!!

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  • Nisar Khan
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:37PM

    The tsunami drama khan is once again hiding after backing out from his “promise” to stop NATO supplies.

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:42PM

    @Ali:
    we gotta protect our rights first for foremost!!

    What rights ? you already sold those long time back !

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