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Pakistan political party ends NATO supply blockade

Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 8 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials for a ruling political party in northwest Pakistan say they have ended a more than three-month blockade of a NATO supply route to Afghanistan.

The party of cricket star turned politician Imran Khan had blocked the supply route over U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. They had blocked a route from the northwestern city of Peshawar.

In a statement Thursday, Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party said it ended the protest after seeing a change in U.S. drone policy. It did not elaborate.

Khan himself has led these protests and has been a vocal critic of drone attacks in Pakistan.

The route was one of several used by NATO to ferry supplies over road into Afghanistan.