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Hina says “NATO supplies cannot be suspended indefinitely”


ON BOARD PM’S AIRCRAFT: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Pakistan could not suspend NATO supplies indefinitely. Speaking to reporters on-board the PM’s aircraft as it was returning from London, Khar stressed that Pakistan could not afford a confrontation with NATO which consists of 48 countries. “Pakistan is a member of the UN Security Council and we are aware of our responsibilities” Khar said. Pakistan suspended supplies following a NATO attack on a check post in Salala in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed. The incident strained ties between the US and Pakistan as Islamabad has called upon Washington to render an apology which it has refused to do so. NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen has stressed the importance of reopening the supply route and during a recent news conference also hinted that ties with Pakistan would be severely impacted if it failed to do so.