200 trucks carrying NATO supplies return Karachi
Islamabad: Over 200 container trucks stranded in Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan after the government closed NATO supply routes have begun returning to the port city of Karachi, officials said on Wednesday.
The trucks, carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, had been parked at a terminal in the border town of Chaman after the government closed the routes in retaliation for a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year.
The trucks began returning to Karachi this morning, officials told the media.
Over 600 workers, including drivers, cleaners and helpers, had been stranded in Chaman along with the vehicles.
"We were mentally tense as we had to stay at the NATO terminal in Chaman for so many days," a driver told the media.
Large contingents of law enforcement personnel were deployed to escort the trucks as they made their way back to Karachi.
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