ISLAMABAD (AP) — Even though Pakistan is allowing NATO troop supplies to travel over its roads and into Afghanistan again, experts say it doesn't mean smooth sailing ahead for the troubled U.S.-Pakistani relationship.
A former Pakistani ambassador to the United States says there's a "huge residue of mistrust and mutual suspicion," and that a "small incident" could derail the reconciliation.
NATO trucks are expected to cross from Pakistan to Afghanistan tomorrow for the first time since American airstrikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani troops.
Pakistan agreed to end its seven-month blockade after the U.S. apologized for the deaths.
The reopening could save the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars. While the route was closed, the military had to rely more heavily on a longer, costlier route through Central Asia.
Pakistan's government is likely to face domestic backlash over the decision. The head of a group of Islamist leaders who have opposed reopening the supply lines calls it an "insult" to Pakistan. He says the government has "put national interest at stake just to please America."