December 19, 2014

Pakistan restores fuel supply for NATO troops in Afghanistan

By Sadaf Shinwari - Thu Nov 08 2012, 11:23 am

Almost a year after suspension of oil supply to NATO forces, it was resumed via Khyber Pass on Wednesday here in Torkham border of tehsil Landi Kotal, official sources said.

The sources said that two tankers loaded with NATO supply oil, JP 8 and bearing registration Nos.TLR-603 and TLQ-403 crossed the Torkham border after clearance by the Pak Customs officials.

The fuel supply remained suspended despite resumption of overall supplies in July this year after the US apologised to the government over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a Nato air strike on the Salala checkpost in Mohmand Agency in November last year.

After an apology by the United States, supplies through Pakistani land routes were reopened in July but the supplies could not be resumed through Torkham border due to security issues, and differences between tanker owners and logistic companies over payment of dues.

The local administration had deployed additional khasadars and FC personnel along the Peshawar-Torkham Highway to ensure smooth and safe crossing over of the tankers which had entered Khyber Agency from Peshawar.

The officials demanded fix timings be ensured for the movement of NATO supply tankers to avoid any attacks and secure the local civil population from losses.

On Wednesday, security forces also defused an improvised explosive devise near Tedi bazaar in Jamrud, which had been reportedly installed to target the takers.

In the meantime Islamabad has decided to sign an accord with 49 NATO countries similar to one with USA regarding supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan.

The accord, to be signed at the end of the month, carries the same terms and conditions as those with USA, would allow for resumption of NATO related supplies for other member countries as well; enabling these countries to transport their equipment, during their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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