Islamabad : Pakistan authorities had briefly opened a vital border crossing to allow at least four containers of ”office supplies” for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to cross into Afghanistan from the Torkham border for the first time in six months, U.S. Embassy spokesperson Mark Stroh has said.
Stroh, however, made it clear that the permission had nothing to do with the resumption of NATO supplies suspended since November last year following a NATO air raid in Salala, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, reports The Express Tribune.
But the brief opening of the land routes is being seen as a prelude to the eventual resumption of supplies for the Western forces in Afghanistan, the paper states.
A Foreign Office official said the ”diplomatic courier” had no linkage with the NATO supply routes, but acknowledged that it was a sign of easing of tensions between the two countries.
“I can”t give you the exact number but a lot more will go to Afghanistan in coming days. These all are diplomatic shipments – I mean non- NATO supplies,” a Peshawar-based official said.
The development comes as President Asif Ali Zardari arrived for a key NATO summit in Chicago scheduled for May 20 and 21 where the issue of blocked supplies is likely to figure prominently.
Pakistan is under intense U.S. pressure to lift the blockade before the summit.