Trucks carrying NATO supplies are expected to resume trips to Afghanistan on July 4 following Pakistan's decision to end a seven-month blockade.
Islamabad agreed to lift the blockade one day earlier after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered "sincere condolences" to Pakistan over air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
“They did the right thing to open [the route]," a truck driver in Karachi told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal. "Now they should ensure its safety, and only the army can ensure the safety. Neither the police nor the security [forces] can do that."
Another driver, emphasizing the financial losses accrued during the seven-month blockade, told Mashaal that many of the hauliers didn't even have the money to return to their homes to sit out the suspension with their families.
PHOTO GALLERY: Hardship for hauliers as Pakistan's embargo on the NATO supply routes kept them waiting for a green light to resume their work:
Men walk past fuel tankers, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, parked near oil terminals in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.
A man cleans a fuel tanker parked at a compound in Karachi on May 16, the day the Pakistani cabinet backed an agreement on reopening the supply route.
Tanker trucks parked near oil terminals in Karachi on May 15.
Laborers clean a tanker truck in Karachi ready to transport NATO goods on May 15.
NATO supply tankers gathered near oil terminals in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in 2011.
Fuel tankers are parked at a compound in Karachi on May 16.
Pakistan residents stand near fuel trucks that were set ablaze in the Bolan district of Balochistan Province in December.
Trucks block a highway that links the Pakistani city of Quetta with Kandahar, in Afghanistan.
Delays in November, with NATO-Pakistani relations in crisis over the death of 24 Pakistani troops in a NATO air strike earlier in the month.
Men remove logs near the site of burning oil tankers that were carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan after they were attacked on the outskirts of Quetta in October 2010.
A local watches fuel tankers burn from a median along the GT road in Nowshera, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, in October 2010.
Pakistani paramilitary troops stand guard as trucks carrying NATO supplies await clearance in Chaman in 2009.
A boy watches a plume of smoke rising from fuel trucks after they were attacked by unidentified gunmen on a highway near Shikarpur, Pakistan in 2011.
Pakistani trucks carrying NATO supplies to Afghanistan await clearance at Chaman on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan in 2009.
Residents stand near fuel trucks set ablaze in the Bolan district of Balochistan Province in Pakistan in December.
Smoke rises past residents standing on the wall of a truck terminal where NATO fuel tankers were set ablaze in Quetta in December.
Firefighters try to extinguish burning NATO supply trucks carrying military vehicles and oil after militants attack on the outskirts of Islamabad in June 2010.
Truck drivers wait after security forces stopped NATO supply trucks in Quetta and Chaman after a NATO raid on a checkpoint in Mahmand in late November.
Trucks halted by Pakistani authorities near the border with Afghanistan in late November.
Trucks carrying the supplies for NATO forces in southwestern Afghanistan await clearance at the Pakistani border with Afghanistan in Chaman in September 2009.
Islamabad had closed the supply routes in response to the botched strikes and made their reopening conditional on a U.S. apology.
The blockade had forced NATO to rely on longer, more expensive northern routes to Afghanistan through Russia and Central Asia.
U.S. officials said they expected supply trucks to begin crossing into Afghanistan within the next 24 hours.
The Pakistani Taliban, meanwhile, threatened to attack NATO trucks if they tried to resume supplies to troops in Afghanistan.
Based on reporting by AP and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal