Pakistanis resume overland NATO oil supplies to Afghanistan

By AFP
Published: September 4, 2013
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File photo of NATO trucks. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

File photo of NATO trucks. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

PESHAWAR: Overland oil supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan resumed through Pakistan on Wednesday with stepped up security after a four-month hiatus due to attacks, Pakistani officials said.

Pakistani contractors stopped driving oil supplies from Karachi on the Arabian Sea to the Torkham crossing on the Afghan border in June due to frequent attacks on their vehicles.

“We resumed these supplies from today after hiring the services of a private firm, which will provide security to our convoys from Karachi to Torkham,” contractor Azad Khan Afridi told AFP.

He said contractors suspended supplies after the government refused to provide them with extra security.

Four oil tankers had now reached the border town and were undergoing security clearance, Afridi said.

Paramilitary Frontier Corps troops also escorted the tankers to the border.

A local administration official, Miraj Khan, and a local intelligence official also confirmed resumption of supplies.

Pakistan is a key transit route for the NATO mission in landlocked Afghanistan.

From November 2011 to July 2012, Pakistan shut its Afghan border to all overland NATO traffic after botched US air raids killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Insaan
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:21PM

    NATO should have hired “talibans” to protect its supplies.
    Looks like enough bribes were not being paid to Pakistani politicians and/or officials.

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  • Sep 4, 2013 - 7:10PM

    We are glad to see Pakistani contractors resume NATO oil supplies to Afghanistan. It is no secret that the terrorists have been trying their best to destabilize the region with their acts of terror. But we cannot show any fear and let them succeed in their criminal agenda. We must stand tall and send a stern message to those who pose a threat to the safety of our nations. We’ve come too far and made too many sacrifices to let these terrorists off the hook. Our forces continue to risk their lives on both sides of the border, and we must support their efforts to counterterrorism. At the same time, the importance of cross border coordination cannot be overlooked, and we must continue to work side by side in regards to our peace objectives.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 4, 2013 - 7:35PM

    @Insaan:
    NATO pays protection money to talibans to buy protection for the NATO supply trucks and talibans use this money to buy arms to attack NATO trucks.

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  • suzo
    Sep 4, 2013 - 7:49PM

    Where is IK?? Has drone srikes ended??

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