Pakistan finally restores fuel supply to NATO troops via Torkham year after suspension

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 06:31 hrs

Supply of fuel to NATO troops through the Torkham border post resumed after one year when two oil tankers crossed into Afghanistan amid tight security on Wednesday.

The fuel supply remained suspended despite resumption of overall supplies in July this year after the U.S. apologised to the government over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO air strike on the Salala checkpost in Mohmand Agency in November last year, reports The Dawn.

The local administration had deployed additional FC personnel along the Peshawar-Torkham Highway to ensure smooth and safe crossing over of the tankers, which had entered Khyber Agency from Peshawar.

The oil supplies could not be restored so far partly because of security concerns of the transporters and local political administration and partly due to a row between tanker owners, logistics companies and oil contractors over delay in payment of outstanding dues.

Oil tankers were the main target of militants before the supplies were suspended last year. The attacks destroyed more than 200 tankers and left over a dozen drivers and owners killed over the past five years.

Although the political administration claimed to have adopted stringent safety measures for oil tankers, residents in Landi Kotal and Jamrud have demanded that a limited number of tankers should be allowed at a specific time to ensure security of ordinary people travelling on the Peshawar-Torkham Road. (ANI)

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