Contractors behind attacks on NATO supplies in Pakistan?

Written by: Mamatha
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Islamabad, Oct 10 (ANI): Despite the Taliban's claims over the attacks on NATO supply containers in Pakistan, the needle of suspicion is being pointed towards NATO contractors, as police have registered three cases against them and their staff for torching their own containers!

"Some evidence shows that contractors bombed their tankers themselves for some reasons," the quoted an owner of vehicles bound for NATO supply, as saying.

Nisar Tanuli, District Police Officer in Nowshera, confirmed two such incidents in which some people were arrested red-handed while fixing bombs under their own vehicles after selling fuel.

Official sources revealed that a couple of weeks ago, a NATO contractor's clerk had first fixed a locally-made bomb under the vehicle, and then managed to fire at the oil container through a car, but the undercover police arrested him on site.

Admitting his crime, the arrested clerk told police that his contractor had asked him to do so, as he had sold 50,000 litres of oil and left only 4,000 litres, enough to burn the vehicle.

According to police, contractors get double benefits from NATO when their vehicles are destroyed by assailants, as they not only get full compensation of oil, but also a new vehicle against the old one burnt in attack.

"We have many exemplary cases whose investigation brought out that the contractors were found responsible of attacks," a police officer said.

However, Tariq Staar, a NATO contractor, rejected all these allegations and said, "We take risk of our lives to complete the safe supply but there is no security for us."

Over 300 loaded trucks and oil tankers for NATO forces in Afghanistan have been looted or burnt in Pakistan on their way from Karachi to Afghanistan in the last two years. (ANI)

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