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Islamabad Allows NATO Food Shipments To Afghanistan

February 14, 2012

Pakistan's defense minister has admitted that the government temporarily has allowed NATO to ship food items to its troops in Afghanistan.

Ahmed Mukhtar said on February 14 that NATO would only be allowed to ship perishable items for a limited time.

He did not indicate when the approval was given.

The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad, Cameron Munter, last week said that NATO had continued to fly supplies into Afghanistan despite Pakistan's closure of the border to coalition trucks and oil tankers.

Islamabad took this decision in November in retaliation for American air strikes that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Compiled from agency reports


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