Pakistan closes NATO’s supply line into Afghanistan

Islamabad– Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing in the Khyber…

Islamabad– Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing in the Khyber tribal agency yesterday, resulting in temporary suspension of NATO’s primary supply line into Afghanistan.

The closure has suspended movement of fuel tankers and food trucks to NATO and US-led forces in Afghanistan for security reasons, media reports said in Islamabad on Sunday.

“All Afghanistan-bound supplies for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been stopped as the (Torkham) highway is vulnerable,” a Pakistani TV quoted Khyber Agency’s political agent Tariq Hayat as saying.

Poor security on the strategic road into Afghanistan forced the government to close the crossing, Hayat said.

Pakistan’s tribal areas have become a safe haven for Taliban militants who fled Afghanistan after the US-led forces toppled the hardline Taliban regime in 2001.

The Pakistani military is currently engaged against Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Bajaur tribal district where officials say more than 1,500 militants have been killed since August.

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