Pakistan to face sanctions if NATO routes stay closed: Defence Minister

PCNS should review its decision on Nato supply routes for the benefit of the country, says Mukhtar.


Our Correspondent May 06, 2012

LAHORE: If Pakistan refuses to reopen the Nato supply routes, it will have to face international sanctions, said Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar on Sunday.

While addressing a press conference in Lahore, Mukhtar said that even though the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has not approved the resumption of Nato supply routes, it should review its decision for the benefit of the country.

Commenting on Pakistan-US relations, the defence minister said that negotiations between the two countries are done in accordance with public sentiment. He further said that rumours regarding conflict between the government and the Pakistan Army are incorrect and that both the stakeholders are on the same page.

Calling the Siachen issue a battle of egos, Mukhtar said that after losing so many soldiers on that battleground, it has become a very difficult issue to solve.

The defence minister later met Punjab Governor Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa and discussed political matters.

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COMMENTS (72)

Mohsin | 10 years ago | Reply

What sort of sanction would be applied, does anyone know? I thought NATO supplies were still carried via air?!

A J Khan | 10 years ago | Reply

Ahmad Mukhtar has a lot to loose if sanctions are placed on Pakistan. His shoe company will loose a client. He, his family, his party and bureaucrats will loose that paltry aid that is being taped in the name of Pakistan. UNO instead of blackmailing us in the name of sanctions , should first repair the roads and infra structure that were used by the UN backed troops but were made from the poor country’s hard earned money . They should repair or remake the Schools , hospitals and markets that has been destroyed in the process.

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