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PublishDate: Thursday, November 8, 2012 14:45

NATO can use Pakistani routes to withdraw forces from Afghanistan

The security of NATO tankers will be the responsibility of Pakistan.

According to Pakistan defense ministry 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. 

The security of NATO tankers will be the responsibility of Pakistan.

The routes on both sides of Afghan border have been earmarked for the purpose.

It has also been proposed in the draft that Pakistani laws will apply to the convoys as long as these will be in the territory of Pakistan, however, no duty or tax will be levied on NATO supplies.

According to sources of the Defence Ministry the agreement will have same terms and conditions as agreed with the United States.

After the agreement finalization at the end of this month, Pakistan will be included in the list of 49 countries, including the US, those have entered into such agreement with NATO.

According to the agreement NATO will have the permission to use Pakistani routes for its supplies. NATO can also use these routes in 2013 when its forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

In the light of the agreement United States and all NATO member countries can use Pakistani routes.

However, shipments of arms and ammunition will not be allowed.
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.

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