Pakistan blocks NATO supply trucks

#1
Is there any substance to this and, without infringing OPSEC, are there any implications for UK forces if the blockade is prolongued?

Pakistan blocks NATO trucks after deadly strike
NBC News 30 Sep 2010 said:
PARACHINAR, Pakistan — A NATO helicopter attacked a Pakistani border post near Afghanistan on Thursday, killing three troops, security officials in Pakistan said. Later, government officials said they were ordered to stop trucks carrying supplies for international forces from entering Afghanistan at a major border crossing. ...

The U.S. and NATO need Islamabad's cooperation in part because they transport supplies through Pakistan to troops inside landlocked Afghanistan. The Pakistani government officials said about 250 vehicles of NATO supplies cross into Afghanistan daily at the Torkham border post.

There were more than 100 NATO vehicles blocked at the checkpoint by Thursday morning, they said.
Interesting map towards the bottom of the page.
 
#2
This does not surprise me the least bit. This ought to be the most disasterous supply line in the history or warfare. Who ever thought it was a good idea to use Karachi/Gwadar ports for resupply to Afghanistan through Pakistans NWFP region is naive to put it mildly. In good times people will set fire to equipment, supplies get stolen and the support for NATO/ISAF was never really there in Pakistan to begin with, especially not in the north west of the country.

Recently the country is experiencing a newly expressed frustration of the armed forces vs. the civilian government (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/world/asia/29pstan.html?scp=4&sq=&st=nyt ) and there is talk of bringing Musharaf back in some capacity.

Given all odds it is hardly surprising that this is happening now, that attack on the frontier guard post was just the last nail in the coffin. They will ask for an apology (read: more money) to re-open the border and carry on with their tricks. Nato should look for an alternative route through central asia, any of the following would be more reliable than Pak: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or even Turkmenistan...
 
#4
This does not surprise me the least bit. This ought to be the most disasterous supply line in the history or warfare. Who ever thought it was a good idea to use Karachi/Gwadar ports for resupply to Afghanistan through Pakistans NWFP region is naive to put it mildly. In good times people will set fire to equipment, supplies get stolen and the support for NATO/ISAF was never really there in Pakistan to begin with, especially not in the north west of the country.

Recently the country is experiencing a newly expressed frustration of the armed forces vs. the civilian government (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/world/asia/29pstan.html?scp=4&sq=&st=nyt ) and there is talk of bringing Musharaf back in some capacity.

Given all odds it is hardly surprising that this is happening now, that attack on the frontier guard post was just the last nail in the coffin. They will ask for an apology (read: more money) to re-open the border and carry on with their tricks. Nato should look for an alternative route through central asia, any of the following would be more reliable than Pak: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or even Turkmenistan...
Yesterday evening Musharaf appeared in conversation with Sir Christopher Meyer in Kensington Town Hall. It really was an interesting talk. There will be a press conference during which hes planning to revile his plans regarding his involvement in Pakistans politics. Im not sure if its not tomorrow.
 
#5
This does not surprise me the least bit. This ought to be the most disasterous supply line in the history or warfare. Who ever thought it was a good idea to use Karachi/Gwadar ports for resupply to Afghanistan through Pakistans NWFP region is naive to put it mildly. In good times people will set fire to equipment, supplies get stolen and the support for NATO/ISAF was never really there in Pakistan to begin with, especially not in the north west of the country.

Recently the country is experiencing a newly expressed frustration of the armed forces vs. the civilian government (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/world/asia/29pstan.html?scp=4&sq=&st=nyt ) and there is talk of bringing Musharaf back in some capacity.

Given all odds it is hardly surprising that this is happening now, that attack on the frontier guard post was just the last nail in the coffin. They will ask for an apology (read: more money) to re-open the border and carry on with their tricks. Nato should look for an alternative route through central asia, any of the following would be more reliable than Pak: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or even Turkmenistan...
Erm... there already is one, the NDN, and its been growing for 12 months.
 

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