Islamabad, November 22 (PTI) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced that his government will allow India to send a humanitarian shipment of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to neighboring Afghanistan via its territory after finalization of transit arrangements .
Khan, who chaired the first meeting of the Apex Committee of the new Afghan Interministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) in Islamabad, also took the opportunity to remind the international community of the collective responsibility to support Afghanistan to avert a crisis. humanitarian.
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During the meeting, Khan announced Pakistan’s decision to authorize the 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat that India has offered to provide to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid to pass through Pakistan as soon as the terms will be finalized with the Indian side, Radio Pakistan reported.
At present, Pakistan only allows Afghanistan to export goods to India, but does not allow any other two-way trade through the border crossing.
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Last month, India announced 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan as humanitarian aid and asked Pakistan to ship the food grains through the Wagah border.
Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had also asked Prime Minister Khan to allow India to transport wheat via Pakistan, suggesting that the Taliban government was ready to accept humanitarian aid from the India.
India has contributed to the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people. This included the supply of over one million metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan over the past decade.
Also last year, India helped Afghanistan with 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told the UN high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in September.
However, it has been reported that Pakistan has blocked India’s efforts to supply wheat to the Afghan people amid the cold in relations between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Kashmir issue.
Khan also ordered the immediate shipment of humanitarian aid worth Rs 5 billion including wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies to Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported.
He called on all ministries to make the Afghans as easy as possible and also approved in principle the reduction of tariffs and sales taxes on major Afghan exports to Pakistan.
Khan ordered that the facility for free COVID vaccination for all Afghans entering Pakistan from land borders be maintained.
National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf, who is also the head of the AICC, gave a detailed presentation to brief civilian and military leaders on the current economic situation in Afghanistan and the progress made by the AICC in coordination of national humanitarian aid and border facilitation efforts. for Afghans.
Prime Minister Khan also ordered that the bus service between Peshawar and Jalalabad in Afghanistan be relaunched to facilitate travelers on both sides.
To further facilitate Afghans, visa terms will be relaxed so that visas can be granted within three weeks at most, according to the report.
Khan also asked the national security adviser to travel to Afghanistan to hold delegation-level talks and agree on specific areas where immediate capacity-building support should be provided to Afghans.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Financial Advisor Shaukat Tarin, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior civilian and military officers.
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