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Pakistan: NATO Supply Route Could Reopen for a Price

A Pakistani border guard stands near Afghanistan-bound NATO trucks parked on the roadside in Pakistani tribal area of Khyber. (File Photo)

Pakistan says it will consider reopening key NATO supply routes to neighboring Afghanistan, provided NATO is willing to pay.

Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar said that Islamabad has not yet decided whether to allow NATO to resume overland shipments of non-lethal supplies to Afghanistan. But he told reporters in Sukkur that if the routes are reopened, "it will not be free."

The minister said a high volume of heavy traffic has damaged the country’s road infrastructure over the last 10 years. He said any money raised through tolls or tariffs on NATO shipments would go to road infrastructure.

Pakistan blocked the Khyber and Chaman routes following last month's NATO raid on Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers.

Last week, the U.S. military issued a report on the incident that blamed inadequate coordination by both Pakistani and U.S.-led forces.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.