FEDERAL Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kairas statement that the government had reopened the supply routes only after the US assurance to respect Pakistans sovereignty in future is hardly believable. Rather, it shows a tendency to blindly repose trust in empty US promises. Given the conditional apology the US has offered, it is ridiculous to claim that it would not violate our sovereignty. His statement would also appear to be a face-saving gesture to dispel the impression that the government had succumbed to US diktat. The ease with which the government has lifted the embargo is a source of frustration for all those Pakistanis who had thought that this time around it would seriously confront the US and would not relent unless issues related to NATO supplies directly affecting Pakistan were resolved. Even the compensation for the wear and tear of our roads caused by NATO tankers has not been properly demanded. Worse still, the governments decision to create four new routes, ostensibly for the Afghan transit trade, would most likely be used for NATO tankers. It shows the lengths to which the government is willing to go to facilitate the US and is meant as a precautionary measure against the closure of Torkham route due to public protests. This game plan amounts to hoodwinking the entire country, because what might happen next time is to close the Torkham border, temporarily blocking NATO supplies and publicly raising a hue and cry. These four roads would be used as alternative NATO routes. Does this not provide grist to the mill of those who level the charge that the government is hand in glove with the US? It is becoming increasingly clear that violations of national sovereignty are committed with the governments consent. Little wonder its credibility has been so badly damaged. The leaders at the helm must realise that they owe their loyalty to the people in Pakistan who voted them into power, rather than the US.