Pakistan admits NATO supplies allowed by air

By AFP
Published: February 14, 2012
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Defence ministry official quoted Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar as saying that permission has been given for food items. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Defence ministry official quoted Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar as saying that permission has been given for food items. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad publicly admitted Tuesday that it had allowed NATO to use Pakistani airspace to fly supplies into Afghanistan, despite a more than two-month blockade on the border crossings.

“The permission has been given for food items,” a defence ministry official quoted Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar as saying at a function in Islamabad.

“Since the food items were perishable, we have allowed them to transport them by air to Afghanistan.

“We have told them to take the supplies out by air and don’t bring more for the time being,” the official quoted him as saying.

US ambassador to Islamabad, Cameron Munter, last week confirmed that NATO had continued to fly supplies into Afghanistan despite Pakistan’s closure of the border to NATO trucks and oil tankers on November 26.

Relations between Pakistan and the United States sunk to an all-time low after air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border in an incident that the United States blamed on mistakes made by both sides.

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  • ProPakistani
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Now ashamed of being Pakistani.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Crap ….. everything is on the supply ! I dont know when our people will stop lying to their own people !!!

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  • Baloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:26PM

    unless they call grenades potatoes and bullets as fries. Shameful!

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  • Munda Baloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:30PM

    2.2 billion Dollars’ aid speaks :)

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  • Saboor
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:33PM

    because US gov’t announced millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan yesterday. They (Pak gov’t) should have come out and refuse the aid.

    shameless people with zero self respect.

    please please please vote PTI for your own good

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  • sohaib
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:33PM

    When will our establishment and politicians stop lying? Its not just food supplies. They have allowed everything to go through. The land route was closed for public posturing only. Shame on our and leaders and shame on our nation which is allowing our enemies to use our resources to kill and occupy our muslim brothers. And that too for a few dollars which come with too many conditions.

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  • Roflcopter
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:36PM

    The food would have gone to waste so it was a good decision to send it + NATO troops were on brink of Africa type starvation so the decision was made on humanitarian basis as well. Still I think ammo supply should be stopped permanently.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:37PM

    So what’s Pakistan’s complaint now — America airplanes are wearing out your air?

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  • butt jee
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:41PM

    What a shame. What have gained out of this entire exercise. Not even an apology from US for the massacre of our soldiers.

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  • KiJ
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:47PM

    lies, lies and again lies…Recommend

  • bravo
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Simply shameful. That was expected out of them. We deserve all this.

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  • ProPakistani
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:03PM

    So, banned organizations are right.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:09PM

    One reader had commented in ET few weeks ago on a different news item:
    Never believe anything unless it is officially denied.
    So true !!!!! Keeps repeating every time.

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:29PM

    sometimes the truth STINKS
    you need aid for survival

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  • atif
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Actually we are idiot as expecting the government to function for the countrys sovereignty. According to the article 2 (4) of the UN Charter no country is authorised to violate any countrys sovereignty and territorial integrity. US have been continually violating this article by conducting drone attacks and more. UN is silent because it is itself off-spring of US administration. What about the Pakistans Army are doing in her part. Her job does not allow her to indulge only in political issues. Please Pakistan army open your inner eye; and perform your primary job. No doubt one day, one will be responded to the God of ones deed…

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:46PM

    It a good indication to all those who think that the Govt can go away from its commitment towards war against terrorism under their pressure

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  • Steven
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Whether the nation likes it or not, compromises must be made and the two nations need to work together. The only thing is that Pakistan needs to re negotiate the terms of partnership which have been biased against Pakistan.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Feb 14, 2012 - 8:36PM

    He is the same defence minister who said once drones land here(to drink water)and they do take off to attack.Recommend

  • Sara Khan
    Feb 14, 2012 - 8:49PM

    @dv sikka…. you are right truth stinks and the TRUTH is you (US) need Pakistan to survive as country as described by US deputy foreign secretary yesterday.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 8:53PM

    Please note,
    insurgency is going on inside,our armed forces are facing combat with terrorism in the tribal areas and borders.
    Industry has been destroyed by lack of power,the country is also facing shortage of oil and gas,
    head of state is looking around the way to slipping out and on the other hand chief executive facing charges of contempt,future has become unreliable for him.

    Main opposition and cricket star party put the party in power on hit list,PP has become prime target for the both,snags are being established in the way,movement has become still and now would remained still unless the delightful days come.

    In such circumstances,what kind of decision they take?They are not in position to take a firm stand against the single super power on the earth who is providing huge aid saving the ally to falling down from the brink.

    On the other hand,permission was granted on the humanitarian ground,that is according to the fundamental principles of humanity.We should make friends otherwise would remained alone in the arena.

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  • Ali
    Feb 14, 2012 - 9:17PM

    This is no news. What else do you expect from Zardari let government?

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 9:22PM

    diplomacy must be in action if Pakistan want to stop Drone attacks.
    This time,we are in a position put our legitimate demands before them.

    Action should be last option,compel to them in the first instance.War is not the solution of any problem.

    Relations are already strained,any blind step may take the allies to the point of no return.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Behave of political parties with democratically elected government is not remarkable or according to the traditions as found in world democracies.

    Major parties in outside and inside parliament should provide assistance to party in power regarding the dealing with daily affairs of state.

    When enemy see unity in the nation he stopped not dare to move forward and compel to accept demands.

    Confidence building measures must be taken so that take steps forward and work for welfare of nation specially for poor people passing through poverty line.

    But it is seen that everything is running out on the opposite direction,it is my fortune i am citizen of ??????????????

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  • Muhammad Zubair
    Feb 14, 2012 - 9:59PM

    “The permission has been given for food items”. Our Defense Minister makes sure by checking every plane that only food items are transported (pun intended). At least one should have the courage to tell the truth to the nation Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2012 - 10:25PM

    There is great difference in between easy target and hard target,
    we are still prime target due to our nuclear arsenals which demands unity
    not clash on little point because we are vulnerable and he is beyond the target.

    We forgot the lesson of unity,faith and love but talking about combat with super power.
    in spite of all we are proud to be a Pakistani not Iranian.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 10:44PM

    Dismemberment our eastern wing,
    it was a result of internal differences,
    then he came and save the remaining,
    sinking boat was saved,
    what happened thereafter the same was executed.

    It is our history,
    should learn lesson from the history.

    Some time i feel that,institutions are getting out respective diameters,
    crossing each others putting the stability of the state at stake.

    Allah Almighty is watching everything,HE has knowledge of everything ,we,as a nation,should thrown out hypocrisy and become real,then Pakistan would be able to have talk put its eyes into the eyes of all understand it vulnerable.

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2012 - 10:44PM

    I am shameful :'(

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  • AJ
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Ok I get it. So, now we have the technology to check that they are only importing food goods via plane. Sigh ;

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  • Ahmed
    Feb 15, 2012 - 1:38AM

    @dv sikka:

    Who told you so? continuation of aid would continue our misries. US aid comes with strings which usually cost more than the aid itself. even the loans cost economy more than what they give.Recommend

  • Illusionist
    Feb 15, 2012 - 2:08AM

    Na Yar what the hack, the moment we start to lift our heads with courage and determination we are sold off for pennies byt this awful government and its policies…come on, please atleast give us our dignity back which we deserve, we will go through all pain but wont sell like the way you sell us…( A very Un Happy Pakistani, searching his soul) :(

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  • usmanx
    Feb 15, 2012 - 2:22AM

    and this internal matter impacts our Indian commenter friends how?

    i would go comment on TOI about some municipal matter in the insurgent Naxal region BUT… I just don’t care….

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  • Free Classifieds
    Feb 15, 2012 - 2:33AM

    Confidence building measures must be taken so that take steps forward and work for welfare of nation specially for poor people passing through poverty line.
    But it is seen that everything is running out on the opposite direction,it is my fortune i am citizen of ??????????????

    Behave of political parties with democratically elected government is not remarkable or according to the traditions as found in world democracies.
    Major parties in outside and inside parliament should provide assistance to party in power regarding the dealing with daily affairs of state.
    When enemy see unity in the nation he stopped not dare to move forward and compel to accept demands.

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  • Lady gaga
    Feb 15, 2012 - 2:38AM

    The fact is pakistanis can be bought for cash, always was the case and always will be the case. So please stop complaining because when our begging bowl empties our country is finished. This is because all our leaders in the last thirty years have been theives and mullah lovers

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  • Arindom
    Feb 15, 2012 - 2:43AM

    Ha, won’t be surprised if it emerges that drones are still taking off from Pakistan airfields!! The order was to vacate ‘Shamsi’ not other ‘X’, ‘Y’ or ‘Z’ bases!!!

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  • gp65
    Feb 15, 2012 - 2:44AM

    @atif: ” US have been continually violating this article by conducting drone attacks and more. “

    Since they are flying with the knowledge and approval of your government and armed forces, it is not a violation of sovereignty. Airlines routinely fly over other countries air space, it is not considered violation of sovereignty since the permission of the government in hand has been obtained .

    Now tat Raza Rabbani has sought and received the agreements that Musharraf had made with USA, it is clear that even drones did not violate the sovereignty since it was with approval of Pak establishment.

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  • Nelson from the Simpsons
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:10AM

    “Ha ha”

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  • Anonymous
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:39AM

    @Zulfiqar:
    When you stop applying for visa to USA, getting weapons from them and doing business with them. And more when you will not be mercenaries for Saudis who are funding your Mulla, …. And many politicians .. Who represent American interest …..
    Btw when u will pay tax also

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:54AM

    @Ahmed: I agree wuth you. For me Pakistan is a beautiful country being destroyed by a hate culture of a few. I have often written and I repeat that give up that hate culture of destroying India and think of a peaceful, peace loving prosperous Pakistan You have an intelligent God fearing people. What stops Pakistan being a giant industrial country. Why you need aid, it is because of a ruinous policy of your radical leaders. The British played a treacherous game of divide and destroy while leaving, stop it. Think of today’s India and Pakistan as twin brothers seperated at birth.Instead of stabbing each other, embrace each other. The people of Pakistan deserve a prosperous and happy country.

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  • Malatesh
    Feb 15, 2012 - 10:35AM

    This is true face of Pakistan. Only money speaks.

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  • Khalid
    Feb 16, 2012 - 7:53PM

    This is a disgrace!

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