`Excellent cooperation from Pakistan in GLOC`

Pakistan`s ground lines of communication once ferried about half of all materiel support for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Updated: Mar 01, 2013, 08:49 AM IST

Washington: Acknowledging Pakistan`s cooperation in the war-torn region of Afghanistan, a US official said we are receiving good cooperation from Islamabad in the ground lines of communication (GLOCs) to Afghanistan, which is the lifeline for the US troops in the country.

"Right now we are getting excellent cooperation with Pakistan. We have a number of proof of principles, as we call them, to move equipment through Pakistan. They`re ongoing right now," Alan F Estevez, nominated to be Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition, said on Thursday.

Two of the experiments, purpose of which is to hone out the processes with Pakistan, with their customs enforcement, port agencies and trucking companies in order to facilitate an increased volume of movements, have been successfully completed, Estevez said.

He was responding to a question from Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"We`ve got millions of pieces of equipment in Afghanistan, and we`ve got, as you know, a logistical challenge of great size as our forces draw down. And key to the ability to remove this equipment is whether we`re going to have access to ground lines in Pakistan and along the Northern Distribution Network through Central Asia," Levin said.

Pakistan`s ground lines of communication - known as GLOCs (gee-locks) - were the primary supply lines for fuel and once ferried about half of all materiel support for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan had shut down those border crossings more than a year ago after a botched US airstrike killed 24 Pakistani troops in the Afghan border region where Taliban insurgents were operating.

Later, Pakistan agreed to reopen the border crossings in July last year after then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explicitly apologised for the Pakistani troops` deaths.