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20 Nato supply lorries set ablaze by gunmen in Pakistan

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  1. Desi Jatt

    Desi Jatt Captain ELITE MEMBER

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    Nato supply lorries set ablaze by gunmen in Pakistan

    The BBC's Ayub Tareen was reporting when there was a further explosion
    Gunmen in Pakistan have torched some 20 oil tankers carrying fuel for Nato vehicles in Afghanistan in the latest such attack in recent days.

    A driver died in the ambush near the south-western city of Quetta.

    The number of attacks on tankers has soared in the last week since one of the main routes into Afghanistan was shut by the Pakistani authorities.

    The Torkham crossing was closed after three Pakistani soldiers died in a Nato air strike near the Afghan border.

    Islamabad has not yet said when the Khyber Pass crossing will reopen.

    In Wednesday morning's attack, up to 14 gunmen in two pick-up trucks opened fire on the tankers as they were parked by the roadside on the outskirts of Quetta, said police.

    BBC Urdu's Ayub Tareen rushed to the scene after the ambush and was lucky to escape with scratches when one of the blazing fuel tankers exploded.

    The lorries were thought to have been en route to a smaller border crossing into Afghanistan that still remains open.

    The Pakistani Taliban reportedly said they carried out the ambush - the fourth attack on a Nato supply convoy in six days.

    Spokesman Azam Tariq told the news agency AFP: "We will further intensify attacks with the intensification of US drone strikes on us."

    Unmanned aircraft have recently been targeting militants near the Afghan border on an almost daily basis.

    Quetta's chief of police operations, Hamid Shakeel, said: "Gunmen came in two vehicles at daybreak and started firing. This created a stampede and people started running.

    "Then one of the vehicles went [inside the compound] and they sprinkled petrol on trucks and set them on fire."

    Mr Shakeel said that security for the trucks was the responsibility of local police while the vehicles were moving. But when they are parked at terminals, protection is the job of private contractors, he added.

    On Tuesday, a bomb damaged an oil tanker in the Khyber tribal region. And on Friday, nearly 30 Nato supply lorries were set on fire in the southern province of Sindh.

    Meanwhile, Pakistani and Nato investigators are expected to release a joint statement later on Wednesday in the Afghan capital Kabul about the investigation into the Nato cross-border helicopter attack which prompted the closure of the Torkham crossing.

    Pakistan's Dawn television reports that the statement has been delayed, because of differences over its wording.

    The shutting of the border post has strained relations between Pakistan and the US.

    Nato said on Monday its operations had been unaffected so far by the attacks, but that it was "beginning to explore other options".

    Supplies can also be brought into northern Afghanistan via Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

    Pakistan's other main crossing used by Nato into Afghanistan - Chaman in Balochistan - remains open, but this is not as convenient for supplies bound for Kabul.

    Nato says the trucks passing through Pakistan carry fuel, military vehicles, spare parts, clothing and other non-lethal supplies for foreign troops in Afghanistan.

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    ^Unkil must be furious.There is something brewing and i don't think it would be good for Pakistan.
     
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    yeah ! this is third such attack in these few days. militants are playing smart here by targetting the fuel tankers.Uncle sam has already started to explore new routes.
     
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    I think this kind of thing cannot be done without the blessings of Pakistani Army or ISI. May be they want to show unkil who's the boss.
     
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    Of course the goverment is involved in these attacks, just the fact they are holding the convoys up and not protecting them is evident. Americans are not going to for get this.
     
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    yes, the tankers have attacked more than once in similar type of attack that too in Pakistan...very likely that there is suopport from PA or the ISI.
     
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    New York Post


    "The president wants everyone in Pakistan to understand if such an attack connected to a Pakistani group is successful, there are some things even he would not be able to stop," Jones was quoted as telling Zardari.

    Woodward wrote that Zardari was told the United States could no longer accept Pakistan's "a la carte" approach to going after some terror groups and not others, and said that Obama could be forced to do things that Pakistan would not like should an attack be successful.



    Read more: New book says US warned Pakistan it would have been forced to strike back if Times Square bomb had succeeded - NYPOST.com

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    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    And when i said earlier that NATO is exploring new routes through Central Asia,a Pakistani member was blazing at me that this is not possible because that route is costly affair,now guess which route is more costly
     
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    I dont understand why Pakistan is playing with fire.
     
  10. Desi Jatt

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    sooner or later they had to choose a different route as things were continuously getting worse for US...especially after the wik leaks incidents when the nexus between ISI and the Taliban was exposed.
     
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    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yes indeed they have a new route on their mind,

    their r 3 proposed lines

     
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    ^^ the first route seems difficult as , Russia might not allow ammunitions to be transported through its land.

    If things gt better between Iran and USA, that might become the best route for them, this will also pave the way for India's idea of using the Chabahar port.
     
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    ^^ya it is,possibly they will stick to 2nd route,1 of the additional benefit of this routes r that non of them pass through the Taliban stronghold
     
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    ^^^yeas thats seems to bethe safest for them among the three,lets see when they decide and selec the other route, till then it cant play its cards directly against pakistan , even though it will continue to hurt them.
     
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    Pakistan has played with fire since its inception. Again and again they have held the world hostage with a gun pointing to its own head and surprisingly they have gotten away with it. They are good at playing this double and sometimes triple games. So, invariably they feel a strong urge to do it again. Its like gambling, you win some of the times in a casino and you want to do it again and again and again. But ultimately you will get burnt. The time is nigh for Pakistan both internal and external.

    As for us just eat popcorn and enjoy the show. There will be plenty of fireworks.
    :lol::lol:
     
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