18 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/04/2012 09:45
PAKISTAN - UNITED STATES
After Washington’s "apology", Islamabad reopens supply lines to NATO troops
The blockade lasted for seven months, following a U.S. military raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The step is crucial to supply the soldiers in Afghanistan. The decision should lead to the thawing of U.S. aid to Pakistan. Threats of Taliban attacks on convoys.

Islamabad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Islamabad will reopen "fundamental" supply routes for NATO troops in Afghanistan, for the provision of materials (except weapons) and military transport. The decision follows an official apology from Washington for the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a U.S. air raid in 2011. The move is intended, probably, to unlock some 1.2 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan, frozen for months by Obama because of the dispute between the two countries. Meanwhile, the Taliban and extremist militias inside the country, stationed along the border with Afghanistan, have threatened to attack the convoys that pass on the roads.

The Pakistani government hopes to reopen the supply route to improve relations with Washington, at a low ebb for some time now. Islamabad was for decades the closest U.S. ally in South Asia.  The crisis that began in the aftermath the attack of 26 November and lasted more than seven months, undermined bilateral relations. American officials say they will not change the current fee of 250 dollars, paid to the Pakistani government for the passage of each truck, in spite of an initial request for an increase up to 5 and a half thousand dollars.

Pakistan has long demanded an official apology for the incident. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not use the term "apology" (apologize), although the Pakistani Ministry of Information said that the roads have been reopened after Washington "was forced to 'apologize' to the people and nation of Pakistan. " During an interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Clinton admitted "the mistake" and expressed "the deepest regret" for unintended deaths.

However, international policy experts and Pakistani analysts argue that the controversy related to the reopening of "NATO routes" is just one of many elements of tension between the U.S. and Pakistan. Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council Center for South Asia, stressed that resolving this dispute "was one of the easiest tasks". The scholar, based in Washington, adds that there are still many unresolved issues - including the fight against terrorists and extremist movements within Pakistan - which dampens expectations for "clarity and light" in the relations between the two countries.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
10/06/2010 PAKISTAN
Taliban claim responsibility for attacks on NATO convoys
by Jibran Khan
08/21/2008 PAKISTAN
Terrorism on the offensive as the debate over a new president heats up
by Qaiser Felix
11/22/2005 CHINA
Sudden water shortage sparks alarm in Harbin
02/05/2008 PAKISTAN
Places of worship for non-Muslims in Pakistani prisons
by Qaiser Felix
04/09/2014 PAKISTAN
Islamabad, market place bombing leaves 23 dead and 39 wounded

Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION
Xi Jinping returns home full of deals and silence
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chinese president signed agreements worth tens of billions of Euros in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He also stayed clear of any press conference. At the College of Europe in Bruges, he presented his dream of a new trillion-dollar Silk Road. Yet, he also made it clear that at home, the monopoly of power stays with the Party, squashing any dream for political reform in China. On the Internet, netizens disagree with him.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.