Pakistan has secretly allowed US-led NATO forces to use its airspace to transport lethal supplies to Afghanistan while disregarding a resolution approved by parliament that set conditions for the movement of supplies,a media report said on Sunday.
It was not clear when permission was granted for transporting the lethal supplies but the arrangement is believed to be a stop gap one between Pakistan and the US till they finalise a deal on reopening land routes to Afghanistan,official sources told The Express Tribune.
The move could trigger a strong public backlash in view of the resolution passed by a joint session of parliament that states Pakistans territory,including airspace,will not be used to transport arms to Afghanistan.
The Foreign Office and the Defence Ministry were at odds over allowing NATO planes to carry weapons,a source was quoted as saying by the daily.
The Foreign Office opposed the decision,considering it a violation of the parliamentary resolution. However,it started issuing non-objection certificates to such planes after pressure from defence authorities,the report added.
According to the rules,the Foreign Office forwards the non-objection certificates to the Air Force,which allows the aircraft to fly over Pakistan. However,an unnamed senior Foreign Ministry official denied the Foreign Office had any part in granting the permission.
Taliban commander killed in gunbattle
A senior Pakistani Taliban commander was killed in recent clashes with security forces in the Dir region bordering Afghanistan,a media report said Sunday. Taliban commander Mullah Mansoor was killed in a gun battle with security forces,state-run Radio Pakistan quoted official sources as saying. Meanhwile,a US drone targeted a compound in North Waziristan tribal region killing eight suspected militants,officials said.