U.S. Halts Truck Shipments Through Pakistan Amid Anti-Drone Protests

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Los Angeles Times/MCT) -

Demonstrators at a protest camp cheered and chanted Wednesday as word spread that the Pentagon was suspending all truck shipments to and from Afghanistan through Pakistan following the activists’ weeklong efforts to disrupt the trade.

“Our workers protest has forced the U.S. to stop shipment of goods through Pakistan,” Khalid Masood, provincial general secretary of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party that has led the campaign, said as he sat at the camp set up at a toll plaza on the main highway in Peshawar.

The activists over the past week have stopped big rigs bearing shipping containers, demanding that drivers show them customs documents to ensure the shipments aren’t linked to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.