Pakistan reopens NATO supply route amid tensions
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:3PM
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