After tremendous pressure from Pakistani patriots and the youth, the puppet government is mulling to levy special tax of NATO / ISAF terrorist invaders' trucks and in this regard two check-posts at Torkham (KPK) and Taftan (Balochistan) borders are likely to be formed after Eid-ul-Fitr. ‘Modalities to form special check-posts are being discussed and nod from concerned provinces is also likely shortly’, sources in Communication Ministry told Pakistan's Daily The Nation. It was also learnt that the idea would be materialized in two phases as in first stage the check-post would be formed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) at Torkham and in next stage post would be set up at Taftan (Balochistan).
It is relevant to mention here that puppet government functionaries repeatedly ignored this issue in the past several years. Pakistan has reportedly been suffering around $83 million loss every year due to NATO/ISAF freight truckloads that are badly damaging the National Highways network for last eight years. Causing Pakistan’s road network under tremendous strain, the overloading of NATO/ISAF and American Transit Freight to Afghanistan in practice from 2002 till now. It would not be out of place to mention here that a couple of months before, Public Accounts Committee asked for imposing taxes on NATO containers.
It had also recommended that Pakistan should get revenue from NATO containers taking supplies to Afghanistan. A member of the committee had also stated that 256 containers pass through Torkham to Afghanistan daily. Other Parliamentary Committees like Senate Standing Committee on Communication over two months before had reportedly recommended that NATO containers were bound to pay toll tax at toll plazas as these overloaded trucks are damaging the national highways. This committee meeting, chaired by Wali Muhammad Badeni was informed that the NATO containers have caused Rs 122 billion loss to the roads of the country. It was learnt that average damage caused by NATO/ISAF freight on main routes leading to Afghanistan is 19% of total expenditure spent on repair and maintenance of road and infrastructure, the attributed figures in the story was actually designed for ‘Friends of Pakistan’ to show them actual situation of the country’s main roads damage.