Pakistani minister urges reopening border to NATO

  • Pakistan's defence minister says the country should reopen its Afghan border crossings to NATO troop supplies after negotiating a better deal with the coalition. 
  • Pakistan closed the crossings over two months ago in response to American airstrikes that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. 
  • Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar said that the government should negotiate new "terms and conditions" with NATO and then reopen the border. 
  • He did not provide details. But other Pakistani officials have said the government should levy additional fees on NATO for using the route through the country. 
  • About 30 percent of non-lethal supplies for US and coalition troops in Afghanistan travelled through Pakistan before the border closed.

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