Pakistan on Wednesday stated it has formally knowledgeable India about its choice to enable the transportation of an Indian humanitarian cargo of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life saving medicine to neighbouring Afghanistan via its territory on an ‘distinctive foundation for humanitarian functions.’
IMAGE: Farmers harvest wheat crops, at Zanskar, in Ladakh, August 3, 2021. Photograph: ANI Photo
Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced on Monday that his authorities will enable India to ship humanitarian cargo of wheat to Afghanistan via its territory after finalisation of the transit modalities.
“The choice of the federal government of Pakistan to this impact was formally conveyed to the cost d’ affaires of India on the ministry of international affairs,” the international workplace stated in an announcement in Islamabad.
It stated as a goodwill gesture in direction of the brotherly Afghan individuals, Pakistan determined to enable the transportation of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines from India.
Currently, Pakistan solely permits Afghanistan to export items to India however does not enable another two-way commerce via the border crossing.
The FO stated that wheat and medicines to Afghanistan could be allowed to enter via “Wagah Border on an distinctive foundation for humanitarian functions.”
Last month, India introduced 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan as humanitarian help and requested Pakistan to ship the meals grain by way of the Wagah border.
Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had additionally requested Prime Minister Khan to enable India to transport wheat by way of Pakistan, suggesting that the Taliban authorities was keen to settle for the humanitarian help from India.
India has contributed to the humanitarian necessities of the Afghan individuals. This included offering greater than 1 million metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan over the previous decade.
Last yr too India assisted Afghanistan with 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat, exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar had stated on the United Nations high-level assembly on the humanitarian scenario in Afghanistan in September.
However, Pakistan had blocked India’s efforts to present wheat to the Afghan individuals, amidst the chilliness in relations between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Kashmir challenge.
Prime Minister Khan introduced his choice to enable India to ship the humanitarian cargo of wheat to Afghanistan via Pakistan’s territory whereas chairing the primary apex committee assembly of the newly established Afghanistan inter-ministerial coordination cell in Islamabad Monday.
He additionally took the chance to remind the worldwide neighborhood of the collective accountability to assist Afghanistan to keep away from a humanitarian disaster.