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US halves Afghan war supplies via Pak route

The US has halved its reliance on Pakistani supply routes to Afghanistan from over 70% to 35%, given the volatile nature of the border areas where a number of NATO suppliers have come under attack.

world Updated: Jul 23, 2011 02:37 IST

The US has halved its reliance on Pakistani supply routes to Afghanistan from over 70% to 35%, given the volatile nature of the border areas where a number of NATO suppliers have come under attack.

America’s reliance on Pakistan for supplying goods and arms and ammunition for its troops in Afghanistan has reduced to just 35%, a top Pentagon official told US lawmakers.

This is a considerable achievement given that till recently it was more than 70% and this was considered to be one of the main bargaining points for Pakistan with the United States.

This figure of 35% is expected to come further down in the coming months as the Pentagon is working to increase its supply to Afghanistan through the Northern Distribution network.

“It’s my understanding that approximately 35% moves through the ground, and the other is moving through the Northern Distribution Network, coupled with also lift as we bring in supplies by air,” general William M Fraser told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing to be Commander, United States Transportation Command.

The US officials have stated in recent times that they were working on reducing their dependency on the supply routes in Pakistan after a series of attacks on NATO tankers carrying oil and other goods to western forces and Afghanistan.