World Bulletin/News Desk
As NATO transferred full responsibility for security to Afghan officials, the NATO supply road continues to face grave threats while attacks were organized on security officials along the strategic road.
In the last attack which took place on June 10 in the northwestern Khyber region, NATO trucks were fired at by rockets, killing 5 people while wounding 2 others.
Security officials announced that three trucks and the materials they carried were fired at and became dysfunctional.
The NATO supply road is crucially important for international forces in transporting arms, foods munitions and other materials.
NATO convoys pass through Pakistan, a key American ally in Washington’s Afghan War, from landlocked Afghanistan. The road has been a source of political discussion and opponents of the US Afghan invasion ask that the road be closed.
Local officials said the Taliban might be behind the attack.
The road binding Karachi and Islamabad to Peshaver and Torkham where overwhelmingly local tribes live is important not only for NATO forces, but also the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Everyday thousands of people use the border crossing on the road. Many goods are exported to Afghanistan through it.
Due to the strategic location of the NATO supply road, the Taliban attacked the tribes in Tirah valley which provide security on some parts of the road. The expansion of the Taliban’s influence in Tirah has raised concerns over the control of the Landihi Kotal and Torkham regions which are close to the Afghan border.
Another source of tension is the ill treatment by Afghan officials towards truck drivers coming from Pakistan. Some Pakistani transporters were severely beaten and detained without any explanation over the last months.
In response to these kinds of incidents, Pakistan closed the border to react to the Afghan government.
Source: Kuzey News AgencyGüncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2013, 15:06