Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Wednesday that the decision to reopen the Nato supply routes cannot be termed as defeat or victory on part of any country, and Pakistan took the decision in an effort to sustain peace in the region.
“The Salala incident affected it [peace in the region] and it was a very unfortunate incident,” Kaira said, adding that Pakistan, a country most-affected by the war on terror, should not be given negative treatment.
“High-level officials of the US government had stated that they will not apologise, yet they went against their stated position and apologised. We should at least appreciate that.”
He added that the decision to reopen the supply routes was made in light of the parliament recommendations.
NATO supplies through Chaman
As United States apologised over its attack on Salala checkpost, Pakistan on Wednesday ordered its customs authorities to reopen supply routes to Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan, through the Chaman border, Express News quoted customs sources as saying.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday apologised over last year’s deadly Nato air raid on Pakistan’s border posts in the Salala area of Mohmand Agency that killed over two dozen Pakistani troops.
The containers are ready to transport oil and food supplies to Afghanistan from Karachi.
Rehman Malik apprises PM on route security
Senior Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik has apprised Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf about the steps taken by the law enforcement agencies to ensure safe passage of NATO supplies en route to Afghanistan through Pakistan.
The meeting held at the prime minister house also discussed the issue of Machine Readable Passports (MRP).
Pervaiz directed the Advisor on Interior to ensure, at the earliest, the MRP facility to all overseas Pakistanis through the missions abroad.