KABUL (Agencies) - Nato says it hopes for a quick reopening of the blocked supply routes through Pakistan because the 5-week closure is damaging the economies of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Nato spokesman Brig Gen Carsten Jacobson says the coalition has a stockpile of supplies that can keep operations in Afghanistan running at their current level even if those routes remain closed.

“We... have an interest for the international community and for Afghanistan that relations with Pakistan are normalising as quickly as possible,” said Brigadier General Carsten Jacobsen.“We are aware that there are things that are not travelling to Afghanistan because they are stuck at border control points.“It mainly affects the economy, wages, work for people who are in the transport business in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”