Pakistan announced on Saturday plans to lift a more than week-long blockade on supplies to
NATO troops in Afghanistan through the important Torkham border crossing, reported dpa.
Supplies to international forces through this key route were put on hold in protest after a NATO helicopter targeted a Pakistan outpost along the Afghan border on September 30 and killed three soldiers.
"After assessing the security situation in all its aspects, the government has decided to reopen the NATO/ISAF supply from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham with immediate effect,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.
He said Pakistani authorities are now in the process of coordinating with authorities on the other side of the border to ensure smooth resumption of supply traffic.
Pakistan, considered a key ally in the ongoing struggle against Islamist militants, was enraged over repeated border violations by Allied forces and refused to open the border until receiving assurance that such acts will not be repeated.
The blockade led to a flurry of activity between diplomats and defence officials and was only resolved after a public apology by the US ambassador to Pakistan.
The closure of the border left hundreds of oil tankers and trucks carrying containers stranded across Pakistan, exposing them to the attacks by alleged Taliban militants.
Those militants raided a convoy carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan south-western Pakistan on Saturday and torched 29 oil tankers.
The pre-dawn attack took place in the Boland district of Baluchistan province as the lorries were heading from the southern port city of Karachi towards the Afghan province of Kandahar.
"Between 15 and 20 attackers reached ... where the oil tankers were parked and opened fire. They also fired two rockets at the vehicles," district civil administrator Abdul Mateen said.
"The tankers were parked very close to each other and the fire engulfed all the vehicles very quickly," Mateen said. "Our forces are pursuing the fleeing attackers and hopefully will reach them soon."
It was the fifth major attack on NATO convoys since Pakistan closed the key Torkham border crossing. However, NATO supplies are allowed to pass through another border crossing in Baluchistan province.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for four of the five attacks that destroyed more than 150 lorries carrying supplies for NATO.
Around 80 per cent of supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan go through Pakistan.