Nato supply route is reopened through Pakistan

Pakistan has temporarily allowed Nato to ship perishable food to its troops in Afghanistan, a sign of thawing tensions following US air strikes last year that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan closed its Afghan border to Nato supplies in response to the attack on two of its border posts on 26 November. The closure has meant coalition forces have had to spend much more money to get goods to Afghanistan using alternative routes.

The Pakistani Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said the government would only allow Nato to ship perishable items for a limited time.

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