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Decision on NATO supply likely in DCC meeting.

ISLAMABAD -- The government and Defiance Committee of the Cabinet is likely to decide in favor of restoration of the NATO supply as charges for it is being seriously discussed.

"Now focus of the discussion is not as to restore the NATO supply but it is being assessed as how financially it could be made financially bifacial as it costs Pakistan in terms of damaging infrastructure and other," Well-placed sources in the finance ministry said.

A new impression is taking place among the diplomatic circle of Pakistan and intelligential that the supply to Afghanistan is not merely associated with the US but it is concerned least 48 countries which is part of ISAF and NATO nations.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had already call in meeting of DCC this week. The meeting will also include discussions on how to repair relations with the US, ahead of NATO summit in Chicago, diplomatic sources said.

In the Tri Partite commission meeting among the military leadership of Pakistan, ISAF and Afghanistan discussion on restoration of the supply to NATO in Afghanistan was heard.

The sources said Pakistan cannot afford damaged relations with the significant part of the world and it also want to have effective say in future and peace of Afghanistan. "So now it is more near to decide restoration of the supply."

However, the restoration would never mean that problems come to end as Pakistan had to work hard for protecting its national interest and sovereignty at the same time, A senior diplomat on condition of anonymity said.

The Prime Minister freshly visited Britain, the second-largest contributor to the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, another Senior Official source said that saying something conclusive about restoration of the NATO supply is not easy.

Pakistan had stalled the supply after ISAF/NATO air strikes against Salala post killing 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, causing deterioration in Pakistani-US relations.

Islamabad decided to hand over reviewing ties with the US to the parliament which has submitted its recommendations demanding of Washington to seek unconditional apology for Salala incident.

After the DCC the cabinet would announce the decision after a meeting on discussion on the issue, official sources said.

Certain diplomat believe that resolution of the issue before the NATO summit on Afghanistan in Chicago on May 21-22, would be much desirable situation as NATO Secretary General had made it clear that if the supply was not restored before the meeting, Pakistan would loss an important opportunity to participate in the discussion on future of Afghanistan.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:May 14, 2012
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