NATO attack: Suspend supply lines, vacate Shamsi air base in 15 days, DCC decides

Cabinet's defence committee takes decision in accordance with Parliament's resolution of May 14, 2011.

Reuters November 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to close the logistics supply line to NATO/ISAF forces stationed in Afghanistan with immediate effect, and to ask United States to vacate Shamsi air base within 15 days following the early morning raid by NATO forces on a Pakistani border checkpost on Saturday.

The decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs including General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

The meeting, which took decisions in light of the Parliament resolution of May 14, 2011 (after the US raid on Abbottabad) decided that land supply route of NATO/ISAF supplies through Pakistan will be suspended, while US forces stationed at Shamsi air base in Balochistan will be asked to leave. The meeting further resolved that that the Pakistani people and the armed forces would safeguard the Pakistan’s sovereignty at all costs.

The Prime Minister will take the Parliament into confidence on the whole range of measures regarding matters relating to Pakistan’s future cooperation with US/NATO/ISAF, in the near future.

The DCC strongly condemned the attack by NATO/ISAF aircrafts on Pakistani border posts in the Mohmand Agency which had resulted in the deaths of 24 security personnel and injuring 12 soldiers of the Pakistan Army.

Balochistan bans entry of NATO/ISAF supply trucks

Mimicing a move by the federal government, the government of Balochistan  has banned the entry and exit of containers bearing fuel and other supplies for Afghanistan based ISAF and NATO troops

Chief Minister, Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani, has issued an order asking district authorities at Lasbela and Jaffarabad to bar NATO oil tankers and containers from entering Balochistan with immediate effect.

According to a statement issued here on Saturday night, it said that the bar was in reaction to the NATO air strikes on the Pakistani border posts in Mohmand Agency.

Containers and oil tankers carrying fuel and military hardware were stopped near Chaman, a township that shares Paksitan’s border with Afghanistan. Border security forces did not allow the Afghanistan bound trucks to cross the border.

Another convoy of NATO oil tankers and containers was on its way to Chaman from Dasht area was stopped near Akhtarabad, a suburb of Quetta. The convoy was escorted by Balochistan Levies and security forces.

Long queue was seen in Chaman and Akhtarabad as they were not allowed to proceed further.

On average 200 NATO containers and oil tanker cross Chaman border everyday. “We were asked to hold NATO containers and oil tankers,” a senior official said, adding that foolproof security was being provided to NATO trucks in order to thwart any attack from hostile elements.

NATO suppliers are escorted by personnel of Levies and security forces since they are often targeted by armed groups in Balochistan.

Top echelon condemn 'unacceptable' checkpost attack

Earlier, the attacks had drawn a strong reaction from Pakistan with NATO supplies being halted, the US Ambassador to Pakistan being summoned and condemnations from the highest offices in Pakistani government.

Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, and the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani all condemned the attack, terming it “unacceptable”.

President’s spokesperson, Farhatullah Babar said that the President had called the attack by NATO/ISAF helicopters, resulting in loss of precious lives of Pakistani soldiers, as unacceptable. President Zardari said a strong protest had also been registered with NATO and ISAF over the incident and they have been asked to take urgent action against those responsible for this aggression.

The powerful Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, directed in a statement issued by the Pakistani military that "all necessary steps be under taken for an effective response to this irresponsible act.

"A strong protest has been launched with NATO/ISAF in which it has been demanded that strong and urgent action be taken against those responsible for this aggression," the statement continued.

Gilani had summoned Cabinet’s Defence Committee for a meeting which is currently underway at the PM house.

Protests lodged with US, NATO/ISAF

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Saturday called in US Ambassador Cameron Munter to lodge a strong protest on the unprovoked NATO/ISAF attack.

The Foreign Secretary conveyed to the US Ambassador that the unprovoked attack by NATO/ISAF had deeply incensed the Government and the people of Pakistan, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The President, the Prime Minister and the Government of Pakistan strongly condemn the attacks which were totally unacceptable, constituted a grave infringement of Pakistan’s sovereignty, were violative of international law and a serious transgression of the oft conveyed red lines and could have serious repercussions on Pakistan-US/NATO/ISAF cooperation”, the statement read.

The Ambassador was informed that the Prime Minister had convened an emergency meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet to evaluate the situation arising from these uncalled for attacks by NATO/ISAF forces.

Strong protests have also been lodged in Washington and at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the statement added. As reported earlier, Pakistani Embassy in Washington had lodged a verbal complaint with the State Department.

The US embassy in Islamabad had offered condolences.

NATO supplies halted for ‘security reasons’

NATO supply trucks and fuel tankers bound for Afghanistan were stopped at the town of Jamrud in Khyber tribal region near the city of Peshawar hours after the raid, officials said.

One official though said that the supply route had been shut for security reasons.

"There is possibility of attacks on NATO supplies passing through the volatile Khyber tribal region, therefore we sent them back towards Peshawar to remain safe," he said.

The border crossing at Chaman in Balochistan was also closed, Frontier Corps officials said.


azeem | 9 years ago | Reply

I have only one question to our politicians you want to do some thing or not?if you want to do some thing destroy every engagement with USA.

Cancerian Sethi | 9 years ago | Reply

It is absolute nonsense, the statement of the NATO Chief, that it was not a intended act !

I wonder if he could explain,how can taking time to kill 28 and grievously injuring scores others be unintended ?...Secondly,especially when they use the most sophisticated weaponry fitted with the state of the art latest technology, which easily detects and can identify exact target areas ?...If it is recalled ,a few days prior to this cold blooded butchering attack, two NATO helicopters had flown into the same area and carried full surveillance before returning back! This was not the first incident,last year in October,even two NATO helicopters had intruded deep into the Pakistan territory and shot at a check post martyring 2 Pakistani soldiers.

Beyond any reason of doubt it was a cold bloodied murderous attack by the cowardly Global Gangsters, the US/NATO...

It is suggestive that God forbid, if worst comes to worst...As a matter of preparedness our missiles should be readied and pointed in the direction of Kabul-Afghanistan.

In all fairness the Afghan government is responsible for such attacks ,since they are emanating from their soil,where these Global Gangsters are stationed.Pakistan would be within it's legal right to fire missiles in retaliation of another attack on its soil from across the Afghan border...

Also again factually, the Pakistan governments action both diplomatically and militarily should be directed towards Afghanistan.It is they who are harboring these war mongering ,sadistically insane foreign terrorists forces...The Pakistani nation proudly salutes their martyred brave soldiers and vows to stand with them to battle and eliminate the enemy's of our motherland .Allah-o-Akbar.

Pakistan Zindabad and Pakistan Army Zindabad....

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