`Blockage of NATO supply route reflects fragile US-Pak ties`

The temporary suspension of the crucial NATO supply route to Afghanistan by Islamabad last year in response to incursions by allied forces and the Davis Raymond episode reflects the fragile nature of the US-Pak relationship.

Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 14:34 PM IST

Washington: The temporary suspension of
the crucial NATO supply route to Afghanistan by Islamabad last year in response to incursions by allied forces and the Davis Raymond episode reflects the fragile nature of the US-Pak
relationship, the Obama Administration said in a new report.

"Pakistan`s decision in October to temporarily stop
the flow of NATO and ISAF supplies into Afghanistan in
response to NATO and ISAF helicopter incursions that killed
three Pakistani Frontier Scouts reflect the still-fragile
nature of our partnership," US President Barack said in the
report to the Congress.

Obama said there were some setbacks to the overall
relationship in the last quarter of 2010 but "tensions abated
relatively quickly".

"On September 30, an accidental engagement by an
USA helicopter against a Frontier Scouts unit resulted in a
temporary pause in military cooperation as the incident was
investigated; tensions abated relatively quickly," the report
said.

"While regrettable, the reaction from the senior
Pakistan military leadership was far less dramatic and severe
than in previous cross-border mishaps and created an
opportunity to discuss bilaterally how to prevent similar
incidents in the future," Obama said.

"Militants also used the temporary cessation of US
traffic at the Tokay border crossing to attack NATO supply
shipments that were awaiting passage to Afghanistan," he said
in the third-quarterly report to the Congress on Afghanistan
and Pakistan sent on Tuesday.

The `2010 Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review` includes
an evaluation of the progress made during the period of this
report, which marked the full deployment of the US troop
"surge" to Afghanistan that he announced in December 2009,
ABMs said in a letter to the Congressional leaders.

He said in spite of strains on the relationship
stemming from the detention of US official Raymond in Lahore,
bilateral military cooperation between the two countries
continues on a positive trajectory.

PTI