US in talks with Pakistan over closed supply route: Pentagon

The Pentagon on Thursday expressed hope that Pakistan would reopen a key supply route for US-led forces in Afghanistan, which Islamabad closed after NATO aircraft staged cross-border raids.

“We are in discussions with the Pakistani government and hope we can resolve the issue through discussion,” Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters when asked about the route.

He said it was “too soon” to assess the effect of suspending supply convoys along the Khyber Pass route, which links Peshawar in Pakistan with Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.

US officials were also discussing if procedures and protocols were followed correctly in the recent cross-border incidents, he said.