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Oil supply to NATO to resume before December: Report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 15, IRNA -- Oil supply for the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan is expected to resume through Pakistan’s land routes by the end of this month following a year-long break and a test run conducted last week, a media report said on Thursday.

Daily ‘Express Tribune’ reported that the first two oil tankers carrying ‘Jet Propellant 8’ (JP-8) fuel for NATO forces successfully reached Kabul after crossing the Torkham border last week.

The tankers that successfully crossed the Pakistani border last week belonged to Mengal Brothers Transport (MBT) Pvt Ltd, one of the major contractors in the NATO oil supply chain, with over 1,200 oil tankers in its fleet.

Speaking to the newspaper, Qayyum Khan, MBT's General Manager, said the two oil tankers were part of the test drive which they are conducting to assess the road-safety and problems relating to the route, including the possible threats they may face when full-fledged supply resumes.

The test tankers bound for Kabul were sent to Pakistan State Oil (PSO) for loading in September and received a route permit on November 1. Meanwhile, another four test tankers have also been sent for loading.

Pakistan closed its land routes to NATO supply last year in November in response to a NATO air strike on Salala check post in November last year which killed 25 Pakistani troops.

Following eight months of closure, Pakistan announced that it would reopen its land routes for the NATO supply this year in July after an official apology came from the United States on the Salala incident.

By this time, only the logistical supply resumed, while the oil supply remained halted.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80417191

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