The money, from a US ‘CSF’ designed to reimburse Pakistan for the cost of counter-insurgency operations, had been withheld due to tensions between the two countries and Islamabad’s closure of the supply routes.
On Tuesday, Pakistan signed a deal with the United States governing arrangements for Nato convoys travelling to Afghanistan, seeking to draw a line under a seven-month border blockade.
Islamabad agreed to reopen land routes for Nato goods on July 3 after ordering the longest border closure of the 10-year war in neighbouring Afghanistan in protest at botched US air raids that killed 24 Pakistani troops.
According to sources, the developments are deeply linked with the Pakistan spy master Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam’s recent visit to US since assuming his post in March. The spy master would hold talks with CIA counterpart David Petraeus.