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Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:3PM
Pakistani soldiers  escorting a convoy of trucks carrying supplies for US-led troops in Afghanistan from the Pakistan border town of Chaman. (File photo)

Pakistani soldiers escorting a convoy of trucks carrying supplies for US-led troops in Afghanistan from the Pakistan border town of Chaman. (File photo)

Pakistan and the US have signed a deal allowing NATO trucks carrying supplies for the US-led mission to cross through into neighboring Afghanistan. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Tuesday by deputy US ambassador to Islamabad Richard Hoagland and Additional Secretary of Defense Ministry Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. The deal allows crossing until the end of 2015, a year beyond the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops in war-torn Afghanistan. In return, the US is to release over USD 1 billion in aid to help Islamabad in the so-called war on terror. Pakistan closed the border crossings in November 2011 after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in US-led airstrikes on two checkpoints on the Afghan border. It was reopened on July 3 after US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton apologized for the deaths of the soldiers. Pakistan temporarily closed its main NATO route after gunmen attacked a convoy of NATO supply trucks last week. Pakistanis have also held many demonstrations to condemn the United States violations of their country's sovereignty. SZH/JR