Fearing for their lives: NATO goods transporters suspend operations

Published: November 24, 2013
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Decision made after PTI’s sit-in against US-led drones. PHOTO: FILE

Decision made after PTI’s sit-in against US-led drones. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

The All Pakistan Combined Truck and Trailers Welfare Association, the representative body of Nato goods transporters in the country, has directed its members and drivers to stop hauling Nato cargo for the time being.

The association’s president, Naseem Shinwari, told The Express Tribune that the decision was taken in view of the possible threats to their vehicles and the lives of their drivers because of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s sit-in against the US-led drone strikes. “We will wait for the government’s decision,” he said, adding that they had stopped loading their vehicles at the port.

As many as 200 trucks stand at the Karachi Port Trust’s premises and Keamari while the rest of the trucks and trailers have been stopped at the bus-stands. According to Shinwari, over 300 trucks, carrying Nato goods, leave for Afghanistan from Karachi, via Chaman and Torkham borders, everyday. “We have asked our drivers to return their vehicles to Karachi and those who are outside the borders should stay there to avoid any untoward incidents.”

Shinwari lamented that their business was first affected by the 12-day-long strike and now the sit-in was adding to their losses. “Our drivers are fed-up and are unwilling to carry cargo of the Afghan transit trade because of the security risks,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • tabrezi
    Nov 24, 2013 - 1:20AM

    So these trucks can’t go through Baluchistan, into Afghanistan? I doubt that the Baluch militants will attack American supply trucks.

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  • ali zain
    Nov 24, 2013 - 1:30AM

    Wow. Blockade worked. Lets see what sher does now….

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  • csmann
    Nov 24, 2013 - 6:25AM

    TTP thanks PTI/IK for for standing for them.All the way to PM office!

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 24, 2013 - 9:34AM

    Glad to see someone has enough guts to stand for Pakistan !

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 24, 2013 - 9:47AM

    The drivers, transporters and traders need not to worry. K.P. government will cover their losses from American Aid. Enjoy few days rest..

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  • Sophya Khan
    Nov 24, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    u mean after 2014 when according to your pathetic league, there will be no NATO supply, then who will give rizq to these truck drivers? or maybe shahbaz will give them laptops? the same logic can be used by sellers of opium and heroin etc that govt should not disturb their business? get a life… i hope your business of trolling will not suffer as nobody is willing to defend the pathetic league on their own and hence pay per comment is given in every budget :)

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