ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has granted permission for the transfer of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medicines from India to Afghanistan, describing the move as a “goodwill and remarkable humanitarian gesture.”

The movement of wheat and life-saving pharmaceuticals from India was permitted via the Wagah Border crossing.

It was announced by the Foreign Office that Pakistan had decided to allow the transportation of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via the Wagah Border on a “exceptional basis” for humanitarian purposes as a “goodwill gesture” to their Afghan brothers and sisters.

India’s charge d’affaires at the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been officially informed of the decision by the Pakistani government, according to a statement from the FO.

Afghanistan’s humanitarian aid package has been approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Prime Minister’s office confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a humanitarian assistance package for Afghanistan at the first apex committee meeting of the newly established Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) two days ago. The AICC is a newly established inter-ministerial coordination cell for Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, and other top civil and military officials were in attendance during the meeting.

Several items of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth Rs. 5 billion have been ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office. “These include food commodities, medical supplies, winter shelters, and other supplies,” according to the statement.

The premier urged the relevant ministries to make every effort to make life as easy as possible for Afghans, and he authorised in principle a tariff and sales tax decrease on significant Afghan exports to Pakistan that would benefit the Afghan people.

According to the announcement, Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided that free immunisation against COVID-19 continue to be provided to Afghans crossing land borders.


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