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Truck drivers relieved

Thousands of Pakistani truck drivers Wednesday prepared to resume key Nato supply convoys into Afghanistan and end a bitter seven-month standoff, after Washington apologised over a botched air raid.

world Updated: Jul 05, 2012 00:22 IST

Thousands of Pakistani truck drivers Wednesday prepared to resume key Nato supply convoys into Afghanistan and end a bitter seven-month standoff, after Washington apologised over a botched air raid.

In the sprawling port city of Karachi on Wednesday, drivers and their helpers were cleaning and polishing hundreds of trucks that have stood idle during the seven-month layoff.

Driver Mohammad Hassan, 45, said he was pleased the Nato supply routes would be resumed. "We were unemployed for a long time. Many vehicles broke down due to prolonged parking. Now we shall have our livelihood again," he told AFP. "This job is dangerous, but we have to make a living."

The president of the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association Akram Khan Durrani said the move would be welcome news for his 10,000 drivers and crew, but he urged the government to take action on security.