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Pakistan Stops NATO Supplies At Khyber Pass

This is not good.

Pakistan stopped supplies to the United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan through its western Torkham border on Friday, citing security concerns.

A senior official said the measure followed increasing Taliban threats to trucks carrying the supplies.

“All Afghanistan-bound supplies for the International Security Assistance Force have been stopped as the [Torkham] highway is vulnerable,” Khyber Agency Political Agent Tariq Hayat told Daily Times, dismissing the impression that the decision is a reaction to continued United States attacks in Waziristan.

“This decision has nothing to do with the situation in Waziristan or the US attacks. This is purely a security issue and we want no untoward incident to take place as far as supplies for ISAF are concerned.” The international Torkham Highway was closed for “vulnerable vehicles”, he said referring to trucks carrying ISAF supplies, and the supplies would resume after the highway was cleared.

More at The Long War Journal, and more analysis here at ThreatsWatch later today. Until then, it's clearly something you need to know.

Note: A massive blast from an explosives-packed truck trying to enter the NWFP capital of Peshawar killed over 50 yesterday. It was not a NATO fuel tanker, but is worth noting for some context.

An explosives-packed pickup truck blew up a police security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens more, the day after a foiled militant kidnap attempt led to another 24 deaths in the volatile region. The suicide attack occurred on the outskirts of Peshawar on Saturday, as lawmakers across the country voted to elect Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as the new president. Zardari has vowed to be tough on militancy.

Make no mistake, Pakistan is facing an increasingly active insurgency from al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Moves to distance itself from the United States will not help it in that regard. The insurgency wants Pakistan, not a change in Pakistani foreign policy.