Good PR?: NATO supply protesters distribute sweets, shawls to truckers

Published: December 19, 2013
Claim they do not want to hurt trade between Pakistan, Afghanistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Claim they do not want to hurt trade between Pakistan, Afghanistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS


In a bid to make peace with transporters who recently chided the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government for adversely affecting their businesses, PTI workers distributed gurh (jaggery) and shawls to Afghan Transit Trade truckers on Wednesday.

According to PTI youth wing district president Sajjad Bangash, the gurh and shawls were gifted as a “goodwill gesture and to clarify any misconception about protesters hurting trade between the two neighbouring countries.”

Members of PTI’s youth wing from all 11 constituencies of Peshawar were present at the Hayatabad Toll Plaza protest camp. Dozens of PTI workers and activists of coalition partners Jamaat-e-Islami and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan were there to keep Nato supply lines blocked for the 26th consecutive day.

Eleven containers were stopped on Wednesday and drivers asked to produce documents showing the nature of goods being transported. Three trucks carrying solar panels lacked essential documents, according to the protesters, and were sent back while the rest were allowed to continue their journey towards Afghanistan.

The PTI-led provincial government maintains it will continue the provincial blockade until drone strikes come to a halt.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • ironMan!
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:01AM

    haha I like how the PTI workers administers things. Polite, yet powerful! Keep it up!


  • Ali
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Good to see that PTI can win the hearts of those who are Naaraz.
    This is the way. When one makes a mistake, they apologies and present a gift to remove any hatred. If US stops Drones, they will become good and equal friends.

    Keep it up PTI!Recommend

  • Farooq
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:18AM

    That’s the difference between them and others. They want to lead rightly with the support of the majority.Recommend

  • Dec 19, 2013 - 1:04PM

    For how long this bribary will work?Truck drivers are protesting becuase they have lost their daily wages & bread and butter for their poor families.
    Another tactics by KPk’s government.:)
    Instead of sweats and gifts the KPK government should offer them some work opportunities.


  • Zara
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:07PM

    that is ‘sweet’


  • Anjum
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:54PM

    polite and powerful? More like slapping somebody and then saying I am very sorry!Recommend

  • Concerned
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:14PM

    At least they are far better than PML-N which forgets its voters and the core issues after coming into power.


  • Dec 19, 2013 - 2:55PM


    truck drivers are sweating, they dont need sweet, need their cost.ask the kpk’s government to pay them please.


  • Mukhtar
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:59PM

    The trolls will still criticize and they could drop to such a level that they called it a bribe.

    What a shame…..Recommend

  • faisal
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Its against the law to stop a truck plying on the road. Private citizens have no authority to stop and check. Its sad and shameful that pti is encouraging people to take law in thier own hands. Especially since they r in govt and responsible for law and order.


  • Aalu
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:48PM

    It is more like Civil disobedience.Recommend

  • Dec 19, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Awesome! Polite, yet powerful.


  • Hasan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:13PM

    First Beat them, then feed them. Two Face Policy Continues…..I expect more beating/mis-behaving to follow.


  • Ali
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:02PM

    I have noticed pti supporters as being the biggest hypocrites in Pakistan


  • unbelievable
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:25PM

    You want the American’s to depart Afghanistan – then place impediments to their withdrawal? After the last embargo there were plenty of articles discussing the need to use brains/logic rather than emotions when dealing with the American’s – short memory?


  • Yasir Mehmood
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:50PM

    Damage has been done. Pakistan may lose it’s position as a gateway to central asia all together with the thaw in US-Iranian ties.


  • PTI Troll
    Dec 20, 2013 - 1:08AM

    After the quagmire of halting the trade through historic Khyber Pass, PTI now stands for
    Pakistan Teledrama Inquilab :)
    It is always too hungry to remain in the deadlines.


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