Pressure to re-open key border for Afghan war supplies
Officers from Pakistan, U.S. and Afghanistan met in Pakistan this weekend about border issues
May 14th, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Pressure to re-open key border for Afghan war supplies

By Mike Mount and Elise Labott

Talks between the United States and Pakistan are intensifying in part in an effort to get Pakistan to decide to reopen its border, allowing war supplies to flow into Afghanistan, ahead of the NATO meeting in Chicago next week.

It is unclear if the negotiations will be finished in the coming days, two senior U.S. officials said, and they questioned whether enough progress was being made on reopening the supply routes for the administration to issue an invitation to President Asif Ali Zardari to attend a major NATO summit, also in Chicago, this weekend.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan met Saturday in Islamabad with the head of Pakistan's Army to try to improve border coordination between the two countries, six months after a U.S. military airstrike mistakenly killed 24 Pakistan soldiers near the Afghan-Pakistan border.

One of the key conversations between Gen. John Allen and Pakistani Gen. Ashfaq Kayani was a discussion to reopen the main supply routes through Pakistan into Afghanistan that bring in NATO and U.S. military equipment, according to U.S. military officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the meetings.

The routes were closed last November by Pakistan in retaliation for the accidental U.S. attack. Since the route closures, the United States has been pressuring Pakistan to reopen them, to no avail.

"In almost every Afghanistan discussion with Pakistan, the U.S. will ask about reopening the supply routes," according to a U.S. military official.

A team of four to five U.S. officials arrived in late April and have been negotiating with the Pakistanis. Officials have been tight-lipped on how the discussions are going but said they will continue this week.

Officials said the two commanders also discussed improving tactical coordination across the border and Allen was encouraged that the Pakistanis have agreed to pursue operations in the future, something that could prevent more accidents like the one in November as well as tightening passages used by insurgents to cross between Afghanistan into the lawless areas of western Pakistan.

Allen said he was "very encouraged" by the weekend conversations on how the United States and Pakistan "could make Afghanistan more secure by supporting each other for a safe and secure border," according to Allen's spokesman, Brig. Gen Stephen Twitty.

One topic that was not brought up was U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan's tribal region and along the border with Afghanistan, a politically sensitive issue with the Pakistani government.

"Gen. Allen and Gen. Kayani made sure to keep the focus on border issues," Twitty said.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. GaryS

    Lets take our $$$ and get the F out of Afghanistan. Screw Pakistan and their terrorist friends. Stop wasting our money on this worthless hole. Let them all rot along with their terrorist buddies. The ISI or Taliban as they're called are scum.
    Pakistan hates India because they don't harbor their buddy terrorists.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Soho Shankar

      Does anyone love India or Indians to begin with? Nobody wants these baniyas in their backyards ! On another note, Pakistan apparently has spent $ 75 Billion on this war on terror. Anything less is toilet paper for them. So pay up or shut up.

      May 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Narayan fron New Jersey

      Hey where have you been? All the terrorists aka brahmadagh bugti, fazlullah mullah etc. are all being wined and dined in new delhi. They are frequently seen coming out of sonia gandhi bungalow.

      May 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  2. Porterhouse Pradeep

    Pakistan's response so far has been swift, strong and meaningful to the US/NATO et al. Americans kicked out of the airbase, logistic supply support halted to Afghanistan, US ambassador spanked. Meanwhile to keep the Indian riff raffs on the eastern border contained, it has been sealed, army on red alert to march onto New Delhi (should take 18 hours at most), nukes armed and MIRMS deployed.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Swift yes, wise? not in my opinion. 9 billion a year doesn't get us any cooperation? that's a good chunk of their military spending. We cancel that, the meal ticket is up and we're looking at a new govt in about 5-10 years

      May 15, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  3. Beefsteak Balaji

    The biggest threat to Afghanistan and its future viabilty is "INDIA". Once US/NATO retreat from Afghanistan, the spy network and terrorist training grounds in Afghanistan put in place by Indians will need to be dismantled. All contracts to steal raw materials and minerals by India have to be voided. Indian consulates shut down.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  4. krm1007

    Seeking territorial independence from India was a visionary move by Pakistanis. Pakistan's strategic location and geographical linkages will be the key to the new world order and prosperity. India, in order to survive, has no option but to have good relations with Pakistan. Pakistan is key to supply of energy to India. China needs Pakistan for access to the blue waters of the Pakistan Ocean. Energy producing nations in Middle East need Pakistan for access to world's largest population and energy hungry nations....India and China.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  5. Godolphin

    Pakistan “RISING” has established itself as part of a very dynamic regional paradigm amalgamating it geographically with Central Asia, Middle East and Europe. While also situated at the gateway to the Arabian Gulf, Pakistan will also have access to the waters of the Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Arabian Sea, China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. This positions Pakistan at the crossroads to peace and prosperity in the world and economic well-being as well as military clout.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  6. Thomas Wood

    US/NATO need to understand that this is not cowardly and meek India they are dealing with.....this is Pakistan they are messing with. DON'T MESS WITH PAKISTAN.....People!!!! US/Nato were obviously not expecting such a strong response from Pakistanis.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  7. krm1007

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
  8. Baniya in my Backyard

    Pakistan has played its cards brilliantly. The take away from all this is that Pakistan is indispensible to the outcome of Afghanistan.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
  9. Daimler

    Yankees go take a hike. If you want to use Pakistani roads, you must pay a big highway toll, plus damages, plus a big fat bribe. If not, go take a hike.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  10. Irfan

    We are a nation of 170 million people.
    We are a nuclear state with xx's smiling buddahs for Brehman fascist ruling upper cast mafia of India.
    We are the sixth largest nation in the world
    We have the bravest of the brave army which makes eye ball to eye ball contact with coward 5 times bigger Indian army at land, sea and in the air and at the world's highest battle ground at 30,000 feet height.
    We have 4 Hockey 5 Squash and 2 Cricket world cups
    We have defeated India in cricket more than any other team
    We live happily in The great city of Lahore , while many Indian Muslims can't even buy a flat in India.
    There is only 10 % poverty in Pakistan compared to 50 % of India (Which is more than the whole population of Bangladesh and Pakistan or more than entire African Continent)
    Yes we have some security concerns like India has Maoists rebels, like Indian soldiers are being killed by Maoists , Assam Hyderabad and Kashmir.
    If US is not ready to apologize for evil alliance with India allowing them to send terror groups inside Pakistan through their dozens RAW hideouts inside Afghanistan then throw out the Yanks first from Afghanistan just like we did with the soviets across Amo Darya .
    Pakistan is stable and Prospering, its just that we don't boast as India does on their paid Media networks!.
    Gorilla face Bunderstanis!!!! If you will not give up bullying your west side neighbor and crazy shopping of arms,Your vanity and pride will incinerate you one day.with N fireball..those arms will no help you.

    May 15, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • wasso

      Yes, you have the biggest mouth in the world and love to boast on this and that, yet when it comes to the crunch you collapse like a house of cards while churning out nonstop conspiracy theories !

      May 15, 2012 at 4:16 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Let me introduce you to another western concept...It's called little dick syndrome, and you have it. Better go see a doctor.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply
      • Baniya in my Backyard

        Seems like you have experienced it

        May 15, 2012 at 10:17 am |
      • GaryS


        May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Shards

      RATARD. Nothing else necessary to mention.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:42 am | Reply
    • Flesz

      cricket is a gay sport, besides you forgot to add you wear pyjamas and ride donkeys

      May 15, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
  11. asia

    All Pakistanis are worst than even impotents (chhakkas in the local languages... It is to be differenciated from gays. Gays are also mentally and socially strong and have spines)

    Gallop polls: 2/3rd pakistani want to leave pakistan !!! and spread the garbage all over the world!!!!
    Who tthe hell wants to invite them????

    This is USA:-
    No apology .... no stoppage of droness..... no money (just forget it .. no more wastage of tax payer's money in free tikka masala which stinks anyways)

    Mind well ..............there would be more Salala reprimands to Pakistan ....... if there is any more misadventure by Pakistan!!!

    USA/NATO soldiers are much pricy and valuable than junk paki army (now being equipped with chinese substandard weapons)

    Let pakistanis have group orgys with chinese !! Good choice for Pakis .... chinese are clever!!! ... they would take only benefits from Pakis and its difficult to play double game with China!!!!

    Pakistan's leaders are like ................. corrupt labour union leaders ....... hahahaha !!!! ...... Now they took peanuts and bribes and just for a visit to chicago are looking for an avenue to pen supply route!!!!

    Good strategy by USA .... its better to ensure that pakistan blinks again and again ............... else they would create many more osamas as a revenge (USA and west needs to be wary about this facts)

    May 15, 2012 at 12:08 am | Reply
    • ir

      you smell like cow pee... GAY HIND!

      May 15, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Irfan

      Well stated this uneducated "H-1 Bundestani gandoo" maligning Asia with his user ID appears to be as dumb as wood, he probably has never left his own backyard. I find it more Ironic that CNN will condone this hate speech by allowing this to remain on their site.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • pretender

      All Indans love Khans .Amir Khan,Salman Khan,shahrukh Khan .We have loads of Khans in Pakistan for Indians girls to teach
      them how to love lesson.

      May 15, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
      • wasso

        The only difference is that all the Indian Khans have some brains while the Paki ones...knock, knock, anything in there ?

        May 15, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • Baniya in my Backyard

      Implosion of India is imminent. Indian army revolt is in progress. The enlisted men have arrested officers.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
  12. abrar

    why america is wasting tax payer money,and doing no development in Afghanistan,and killing of innocent in drone and other weapon war, Pakistan ready to open the route but US should stop using drone on suspected innocent people without 100% positive terrorist. and takeing good care of border between afghan and pakistan, and check everyone how cross the boarder.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • rk

      first of all if pak does not want drones then they should not have hidden osama while taking billions from US pretending to look for him..and all terrorism in afghan is caused by paki terrorists...pakiswere demanding a US apology..then they requested..then they begged...US dont care for u black mailers its u pakis that may end up apologising to US..hahahhahaha

      May 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
      • Sodomite

        How could Pakistan (or anybody else) hide a guy who more than likely died of kidney failure years ago?

        That's right. The "assassination" of Osama was/is complete and utter bullshit.

        May 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm |

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