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Pakistan opens NATO supply routes: Khar

Wed May 16, 11:16 am

Pakistan has announced that it would open supply routes for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani officials.

The Pakistani routes for NATO supplies have been closed for the last six months after the NATO forces attacked Pakistan’s military check post, killing more than 20 Pakistani Soldiers.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that her country has decided to open NATO supply routes. She said they had reached their goal with closing supply routes for NATO troops.

“This carries an important message to Washington that it is unacceptable to attack Pakistani troops. Opening of NATO supply routes can follow negative impacts because Washington so far has not apologized for killing our forces. But our decision shows our honesty that we are committed to the stability in Afghanistan,” Khar said.

This decision came after NATO Secretary General had told last week that if Pakistan didn’t open the supply routes for NATO forces, it would lose its place in NATO summit, which is due to be held this month in Chicago.

The United States has welcomed this action of Pakistan and it hoped to reach more agreements in this regard.

“This is good news for Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan and their relation to us, but I have said that we have not completed the negotiations in this regard,” US State Department spokesperson Victoria Noland says.

Referring to the supply routes, ISAF officials have said that if Pakistani routes were not opened, they would transport the equipments of international forces though the northern areas of Afghanistan.

“Neighbors to the north of Afghanistan; Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Russia have been invited to the NATO meeting in Chicago where they would discuss supply routes for NATO troops,” ISAF spokesman Gen. Carsten Jacobson said.

According to the Afghan experts, this is a new game by Pakistan because it always follows dual policy towards Afghanistan and has never been honest to its commitments.

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