No decision yet on Nato supply lines, says Gilani
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani prime minister has said the country has yet to decide on the issue of restoring ground supply lines to Nato troops in Afghanistan; however, a decision would be announced as soon as talks between different ministries and officials conclude.
“We have directed the concerned ministries and departments to conclude the process as soon as possible,” Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani told reporters on Thursday after attending an event here in Islamabad.
The final decision would depend on the outcome of ongoing talks, said PM Gilani.
Moreover, the prime minister said that the invitation by Nato sent to President Asif Ali Zardari to attend the Chicago summit was an ‘unconditional’ one.
Meanwhile, in a statement also on Thursday, the Foreign Office said that a final decision on reopening the routes will be taken in the best national interest of the country.
Pakistan has engaged with United States to resolve all pending issues, said Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Ali Khan, adding that the government would abide by the recommendations of the parliament both “in letter and spirit”.
Pakistan closed its border to Nato supplies in November last year in protest over American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at the Salala checkpost near the Pak-Afghan border.
The government is likely to face domestic backlash once the supplies resume, partly because the Obama administration refused to apologise for last year’s attack and stop drone strikes in the country as demanded by Pakistan’s parliament.
Religious leaders on Thursday threatened to block the supply route if it does reopen, but it’s unclear how successful they would be.