Pakistan has estimated that trucks carrying NATO materials in containers caused damage value Rs.150 billion to its roads during the last ten years. Communications Minister Arbab Alamgir Khan informed that the National Highways Authority (NHA) completed a survey to evaluate the price of the damage.
The survey indicated that NATO trucks caused Rs.15 billion value of damage yearly to national roads and the overall damage from 2002 to 2011 was estimated at a shocking Rs.150 billion. Pakistan blocked the NATO supplies moving through Pakistan after the Nov 26 NATO air attack in Mohmand Agency that left 24 soldiers dead. An furious Pakistan had also boycotted a global meeting in Bonn that focussed on Afghanistan’s future and led the US to vacate the key Shamsi airbase that was utilized to launch drone attacks.
NATO trucks and oil tankers evaluating 60-70 tonnes use 3 major ways — Karachi-Kalat-Quetta-Chaman, Karachi-Dera Ghazi Khan-Dera Ismail Khan-Kohat-Peshawar-Torkham and the Grand Trunk Road from Karachi to Peshawar via Lahore.