KHYBER AGENCY - After five months suspension four oil tankers carrying fuel for the US-led forces in Afghanistan crossed Torkham border to Afghanistan, official sources said on Wednesday.
The sources said that the oil tankers reached Torkham border amid tight security and entered Afghanistan.
It is to be mentioned here that drivers and transporters had refused to transport fuel, US armoured vehicles and equipment to Afghanistan via Torkham border after growing attacks on the Nato supply line some five months ago.
At least 12 drivers and their helpers were killed in the attacks on Nato supply tankers in Khyber Agency during the last one year, the sources said.
“We resumed these supplies from today after hiring the services of a private firm, which will provide security to our convoys from Karachi to Torkham,” contractor Azad Khan Afridi told AFP.
He said contractors had suspended supplies after the government refused to provide them with extra security.
Four oil tankers on Wednesday crossed the border into Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani official later told AFP. He said it was the first delivery since March.
Paramilitary Frontier Corps troops also escorted the tankers to the border, Afridi said.
A local administration official, Miraj Khan, and a local intelligence official also confirmed resumption of supplies.
From November 2011 to July 2012, Pakistan shut its Afghan border to all overland Nato traffic after botched US air raids killed 24 Pakistani troops.
Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.