US and Pakistan stuck on deal to reopen Afghan supply routes

A U.S.-Pakistan deal to reopen critical supply routes to Afghanistan won't be finished in time for a key NATO summit this May, a top U.S. official said Saturday. 

Negotiators on both sides continue to hammer out the details of the plan, which would reopen American supply lines in Pakistan for the first time since Islamabad shut them down last November.

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Reopening those supply lines is a critical issue to American war planners, as U.S. and coalition forces gear up for the upcoming fighting season in eastern Afghanistan.  

It is also one one of many regional issues American officials hoped to discuss at the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21. However, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday that both parties remain worlds apart on a pending agreement. 

"There's value in continuing to have those discussions, but there's no sense those talks are going to turn into decisions" before the NATO summit, the official told Reuters. 

At the summit, American officials are planning to hash out the details of a postwar deal with Afghanistan, which will outline future U.S. involvement in the country after coalition forces leave in 2014. 

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to the overall terms of the deal on Tuesday during a signing ceremony in Kabul. 

On Monday, Pakistani officials said they were considering banning the Chicago, in protest over a U.S airstrike along the country's border with Afghanistan last Sunday. 

The U.S. drone hit suspected terror targets in the city of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, according to reports in the Pakistani press. 

The city has been used by the Taliban to launch cross-border attacks against U.S. and coalition positions along the border. The airstrike, which reportedly hit an abandoned school, killed three people, according to reports. 

Islamabad has argued repeatedly that any deal to reopen Afghan supply lines must include a ban on all U.S-led drone strikes inside Pakistan's borders. 

Supply routes through Pakistan have been closed to American forces since last November, when U.S. warplanes accidentally attacked a Pakistani border outpost, killing 24 soldiers. 

Pakistan also cut off all military and intelligence ties with the United States as a result of the attack.