Pakistan admits NATO supplies allowed by air By AFP Published: February 14, 2012 ISLAMABAD: Islamabad publicly admitted Tuesday that it had allowed NATO to use Pakistani airspace to fly supplies into Afghanistan, despite a more than two-month blockade on the border crossings. â€œThe permission has been given for food items,â€ a defence ministry official quoted Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar as saying at a function in Islamabad. â€œSince the food items were perishable, we have allowed them to transport them by air to Afghanistan. â€œWe have told them to take the supplies out by air and donâ€™t bring more for the time being,â€ the official quoted him as saying. US ambassador to Islamabad, Cameron Munter, last week confirmed that NATO had continued to fly supplies into Afghanistan despite Pakistanâ€™s closure of the border to NATO trucks and oil tankers on November 26. Relations between Pakistan and the United States sunk to an all-time low after air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border in an incident that the United States blamed on mistakes made by both sides.