Pakistan not to allow arms supply through Nato route

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    The transportation of commercial cargo to Afghanistan will be allowed through the Nato land route but the movement of arms will be disallowed, says the draft of the 16-clause memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed between Pakistan and the US on the restoration of Nato supply.
    The draft says that the written accord has been drafted in accordance with the UN charter. It says that the transportation of non-lethal cargo, including food, medicines, equipment and material, will be allowed through 20 or 40ft container trucks according to Pakistani laws.
    The transportation of small or heavy weapons or dangerous/harmful materials, including arms and ammunition, will not be allowed in any circumstances but the transit of military equipment for capacity building of the Afghan National Security Forces will be allowed.
    The accord says that the MoU will be based on the rules and regulations for the rapid transit of US cargo to Afghanistan while the Ministry of Defence will work as the central co-ordination authority to examine the operations and implementation of the MoU on a daily basis.
    The cargo routes have also been defined in the draft accord between Pakistan and the US.
    One will be the southern route through which cargo will be transported to Afghanistan from Karachi port/Bin Qasim port via Chaman while the other will be the northern route through which cargo from Karachi port/Bin Qasim port will enter Afghanistan via Torkham. It has been stated in the draft that Pakistan will inform the US about other new and rapid routes.
    It is also stated that warehousing or storage of the US goods in Pakistan will not be allowed and no new “no-objection certificate” will be required for transit after this accord. Pakistan will have the authority to halt the cargo setting aside the parameters agreed upon in
    the MoU.
    It has been stated in the MoU draft that Pakistan will provide facilities for the safe and rapid transit of cargo while the US government will be informed about effective monitoring and transit points and the containers going to Afghanistan will be bound to return through Pakistan.
    Under the accord, no tax or custom duty will be charged, but commercial carriers will have to pay fee. It has also been stated that fee may be mutual and fixed for the provision of facility for rapid transit of the cargo.
    The relevant officials of the two countries will meet once every two months to examine the implementation of the MoU and the existing MoU will be effective through the exchange of letters with other countries of Nato and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force).
    It has been stated in the draft that in case of any misunderstanding, the issue will be resolved through mutual understanding instead of involving any third party. It has been clarified in the draft that the commercial carriers will be responsible for any damage to the US cargo.
    The accord will become operational after formal signing by the two countries. It will be effective till December 31, 2015 and will be renewable for one year after mutual consultation. It has been stated in the accord that the two countries will inform each other in writing about the MoU’s discontinuation while the parties will be bound under the accord by the laws, rules and regulations. Internews

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