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Pakistani protests over NATO's re-opened Afghan supply lines

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Pakistani protests over NATO's re-opened Afghan supply lines


There have been protests in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

Monday saw the largest demonstration so far as shops closed early and police put up barricades and closed off roads.

The Defence of Pakistan Council, an alliance of over 40 religious parties and organisations, organised a convoy from the eastern city of Lahore to Islamabad.

The Council wants a break in ties with the US and India, which suspects one of its leaders of masterminding attacks on Mumbai.

Pakistan closed the supply routes last November following a NATO air raid near the border with Afghanistan that killed 24 Pakistani troops. They were re-opened last week as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered “sincere condolences” for the soldiers’ deaths.

Anti-American sentiment in Pakistan appears to be on the rise. A survey last month by a US research centre suggested that almost three-quarters of Pakistanis (74 per cent) considered the United States an enemy, up from 64 per cent three years ago.

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