‘No discussion on reopening up of NATO supply’

The Pakistan Army said issue of reopening up of NATO supply was not discussed during the recent telephonic interaction between top military officials of the two sides.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 00:38 AM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday said issue
of reopening up of NATO supply was not discussed during the
recent telephonic interaction between top military officials
of the two sides.

Referring to a phone conversation on Monday between Gen
John Allen, the commander of the US-led International Security
Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and Pakistan Army chief Gen
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Inter-Services Public Relations said
the "issue of reopening up of NATO supply route never came
under discussion".

The ISPR said the issue of reopening the supply routes,
closed after a cross-border NATO air strike killed 24
Pakistani soldiers last month, was highlighted in Allen`s
statements.

"It would be appreciated that unnecessary speculation in
this regard is avoided", the ISPR said in a statement.
Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Allen had said that
he was seeing signs of a possible lifting of Pakistan`s
communications blackout with ISAF.

He referred to his phone conversation with Kayani, their
first contact since after the air strike, and said they both
expressed a commitment to work through the incident and try to
restore coordination between forces along the border.

"The conversation was clearly about attempting to
resolve the issue...around the border incident, in the sense
that, let`s restore border coordination so that we can move
on," he said.

Allen said he believed Pakistan would soon restore its
liaison officers to border coordination centres or NATO
headquarters in Kabul but said he and Kayani did not discuss
when Pakistan would reopen its border crossings to NATO supply
convoys.

PTI