Editorial, The New York Times | July 6, 2012
The politics of routes and access in the Pak-Afghan region has muddled US-Pakistan relations. ++ Following a 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan, Islamabad closed roads to the Afghan border. ++ Consequently, the US had been relying on a longer ground route through Central Asia at a cost of $100 million more a month. ++ Washington responded by holding $1.2 billion in reimbursement for counterterrorism operations. ++ The new compromise agreement ends this dispute, but it alone has not helped reverse the deep mistrust between both countries.