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Nato trucks to Afghanistan will be scanned: Pak official

Last Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 23:27

Zeenews Bureau

Karachi: Days after it agreed to re-open the crucial NATO supply routes, Pakistan on Friday said that each and every container would be scanned before letting them pass through the border, reports say.

“Every container to supply Nato troops in Afghanistan are to be scanned to ensure they do not contain lethal supplies,” customs officials said here.

A vast majority of supply trucks are still waiting at the Arabian Sea port of Karachi, where they have languished for the past seven months although a number of trucks have already crossed into Afghanistan.

Earlier, Pakistan agreed to reopen the crucial NATO supply routes on Tuesday after seven months.

Clinton spoke with Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar saying that the US was "sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military."

"We are focused on moving forward in our relations with Pakistan. We have many shared interests, including peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, increasing trade and investment between our countries and the region, and in strengthening our people-to-people ties," US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters yesterday.
"We are pleased that Pakistan has decided to open the NATO supply lines and that the first few containers have moved across the border," Ventrell added.

"We are really looking to moving forward with Pakistan in our relationship as best we can."

The NATO attack on November 26 last year had triggered a major diplomatic rift between the two countries, with Pakistan demanding that the US issue a formal apology for the incident.

First Published: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 21:14

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