Key NATO Supply Route To Reopen Soon

Pakistan will soon reopen a key NATO supply route into Afghanistan that it shut last week after three Pakistani troops were killed in a helicopter strike by the military alliance in a border area, officials said Sunday.Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing in the country's northwest on Thursday in an apparent protest over the helicopter strike, the third such incursion into Pakistan in less than a week.Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, however, that the route had been closed because of public reaction in the area to the NATO strikes, and that it would be reopened once things normalize."The supply has been suspended because of security reasons and it will be resumed as soon as these reasons are addressed," he told The Associated Press.Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, said on CNN's State of the Union program Sunday that he did "not expect this blockade to continue for too long.";_ylt=A0wNdNkAwKhMbhwAsnCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNidjE5YmVuBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAxMDAzL2FzX3Bha2lzdGFuBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMgRwb3MDNQRwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDcGFraXN0YW5ib3Jk