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Pak officials linked to attacks on NATO supply trucks

Pak officials linked to attacks on NATO supply trucks

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Mar 13, 2011 - 19:07

QUETTA (PANinfo-icon): Pakistani intelligence operatives are involved in most of attacks on convoys taking supplies for US and NATOinfo-icon-led forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon, claim truckers.

Logistic supplies to foreign troops in Afghanistan come from Pakistaninfo-icon's port city of Karachi through the Chaman border town in southwestern Balochistan province and via Torkham in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Attacks on convoys have increased in recent week, leaving hundreds of vehicles torched and several drivers either killed or wounded.

Noor Ahmad, a truck driver, told Pajhwok Afghan News he transported commodities for NATO forces from Karachi to Kabulinfo-icon. "Several times, our vehicles have been attacked and many drivers killed."

He blamed Pakistani intelligence officials for providing cover to militants, who fled to Quetta, Balochistan's capital, after perpetrating assaults in different parts of the province.

Abdul Sattar, another trucker, said most of such incidents took place in areas dominated by Baloch tribes. "There is no security for us as our vehicles are set on fire even in Quetta," he complained.

His colleague Sayed Mohammad said some armed men, posing as guards of a private security company, fleeced drivers. "They intercept our vehicles on highways and charge 1000 Pakistani rupees ($120) per truck."

However, the men are nowhere to be seen men when an attack happens, the driver said, accusing police officials of extorting 100 to 500 rupees from each trucker without any reason.

Mohammadullah, a truck terminal worker in Quetta, alleged the attacks were the handiwork of Pakistani intelligence networks. "We don't allow trucks from Quetta to Chaman in daytime for fear of attacks. The vehicles are delayed until nightfall.

"Although security situation is worse in Afghanistan, drivers breathe a sigh of relief when they enter that country," Mohammadullah remarked.

Most of recent assaults have happened in Mach, Mastung and some other areas of Balochistan. A number of drivers and conductors have been killed, but none of the attackers has been arrested so far.

However, the Mach deputy commissioner claims the number of attacks has decreased. "These attacks are carried out by elements opposed to NATO forces' presence in Afghanistan or those affiliated with armed groups."

The US embassy in Islamabad denied Pakistani intelligence networks were involved in attacks on NATO convoys.

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