Will Pakistan Shut Afghan Supplies Amid Security Aid Freeze By US

January 6, 2018 11:31 pm1 commentViews: 26

What will be Pakistan’s next move amid frozen security aid payments by United States is unpredictable and under such situation Washington is weighing options if the country blocks Afghan supply lines.

Pakistan has not been taking satisfactory actions against terror groups like Afghan Taliban and Haqqani group and this led Trump to withhold hundreds of millions from its “coalition support funds.”

Sudden shut of the border may lead to stemming of vital flow of goods, food and gear into Afghanistan from the Karachi port.

Even though there is no sign Islamabad would take such a move but it is not to forget the 2011 shut down of border by Pakistan to NATO supplies after couple of incidents that led all-time low relationship with US.

Pakistan botched American air raid and also the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was hiding in Abbottabad city of the country.

This resulted with more costly northern route for the US. It relied on cargo flights through Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia.

It is not yet known the percentage of supplies that goes from Pakistan to Afghanistan, but it is true the Afghan security forces rely on the supplies of this route.

Afghanistan is a landlocked country.

Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said, “As military planners, we develop multiple supply chain contingencies to sustain theater requirements to maintain the train, advise and assist mission to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces.”

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