US stops shipping from Afghanistan due to protests in Pakistan

There have been anti-US demonstrations in Pakistan in recent days calling for an end to the American drone program.

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Published: December 5, 2013 2:26 am

The United States said Tuesday it had stopped shipments of military equipment out of Afghanistan,citing the risk to truckers from protests along part of the route in neighbouring Pakistan.

There have been anti-US demonstrations in Pakistan in recent days calling for an end to the American drone program that targets militants. So US officials said that they had ordered truckers under US contract to park at holding areas inside Afghanistan temporarily to avoid going there.

“We are aware protests have affected one of the primary commercial transit routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan,’’ Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said.

“We have voluntarily halted US shipments of retrograde cargo … from Torkham Gate through Karachi to ensure the safety of the drivers contracted to move our equipment.’’

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