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alibaz

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Pakistan is considering charging millions of dollars in annual taxes on Nato trucks and fuel tankers, officials have told the BBC.

The vehicles pass through Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan.

The charges might include taxes on fuel in addition to port and storage fees, they said.

The supply route is a lifeline for Nato troops but Pakistan closed it last month after 24 of its soldiers were killed in a Nato air strike.

Thousands of tankers are now stranded.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the BBC that Pakistan may continue its blocking of Nato convoys into Afghanistan for several weeks.

On the same day, gunmen attacked tankers stranded in the province of Balochistan for the second time in four days.

The attackers shot dead a driver and destroyed seven tankers.

Pakistan stopped the convoys in protest at US air strikes that killed the 24 troops at two checkpoints on the Afghan border.

Mr Gilani refused to rule out closing Pakistan's airspace to the US.

Credibility gap

The air strikes on 26 November marked a new low point in relations between Washington and Islamabad, which have long been strained by the US-led military campaign against militants in Afghanistan.

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC, Mr Gilani said Pakistan and the US needed to trust each other more.

"Yes there is a credibility gap, we are working together and still we don't trust each other," he said.

"I think we have to improve our relationship so that... we should have more confidence in each other."

Nato forces in Afghanistan rely significantly on overland supply routes from the Pakistani sea port of Karachi, which enter Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass.

Hundreds of lorries have been camped out next to border crossings, waiting for the crisis to blow over.

Nato has apologised for the air strikes, calling them a "tragic unintended incident".

BBC News - Pakistan considers taxing Nato Afghanistan trucks
 

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I think hardly any American or bharti knows that they were receiving Pakistani aid from last 10 years.

Shame on media incl. GEO & DAWN for keeping successful lid on the topic.

Shireen Mazari was fired by same bloody Gillani on same bloody proposal.
 

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Sir! our ruling elites are realli scumbags and lapdogz of these Goraz masters....These traitorz made us slaves of the West no matter what....Any body coming from West can't be trusted nomore....We need to get rid of everybody being supported or liked by the West, the sooner the better......:smokin:
 

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So the whole stopping of the Nato supplies was nothing but to increase the price to reopen them...So everything is based on money....The blood of our innocent soldiers and officerz gonna be sold out again on cheap pennies/$$$.......Oh! my God we tired of this western imposed puppet elite/regime ruling us for the last 64 yearz just by changing different faces......:angry:
 

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"Money talks, sometimes it sings and sometimes it shouts!"
Yes! sir....Ure right cuz in our case Money is not talking but shouting and the cries of our poor innocent soldierz/officerz blood can't be heard anywhere.....Everything has been burried under the weight of the $$$ again.....your all assumptions are coming out to be true about our Govt/ruling elites.....:smokin:
 

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These bloody traitor journails are again using civilian govt. to continue filling their pockets. I think we need major overhauling in top ranks of forces and bureaucrats otherwise no civilian govt. will be successful, these bastards will continue use parliament to achieve their objectives.
 

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In my POV military elite is real scumbag and are harming the Pakistan more than politicians. Everyone knows that our govt. can't take decision like blocking/opening supply routes but at the end everyone will be blaming PPP for this, no one will ask traitor kyo-ne.
 

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