Pakistan's oppositions blast govt. over NATO supply routes
Trucks carrying NATO supplies are seen parked at Pakistan’s Torkham border crossing. (File photo)
Pakistan’s mainstream political opposition parties have condemned Islamabad over the reopening of supplies routes for the US-led NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan,Press TV reports.
Leader of opposition in the country’s National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, called the government’s decision “a source of degradation and humiliation for Pakistan.”
“The inept rulers have made Pakistan a laughing stock in the world and through their latest move over reopening of the routes have made a mockery of the unanimous parliamentary resolutions,” he said.
Khan also said his party and other opposition parties vow to launch anti-government demonstrations in all major cities of the country.
Islamabad on Wednesday agreed to reopen land routes into Afghanistan and end a bitter months-long standoff with Washington after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was sorry for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in an air strike in November 2011.
The incident enraged Pakistan, prompting the closure of the supply lines and plunging ties with the United States to a new low, after a secret US raid into Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Pakistan’s blockade on NATO supply routes into Afghanistan forced the United States and its allies to rely on longer, more expensive northern routes through Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus,. The move cost the US military about $100 million a month, according to the Pentagon.
As part of the re-opening deal, Washington will release about $1.1 billion to the Pakistani military has been frozen for the past year.