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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced on Monday that his authorities will permit India to ship a humanitarian cargo of fifty,000 metric tonnes of wheat to neighbouring Afghanistan by its territory after finalisation of the transit modalities.

Khan, who chaired the primary Apex Committee assembly of the newly established Afghanistan Inter-ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) in Islamabad, additionally took the chance to remind the worldwide neighborhood of the collective duty to help Afghanistan to keep away from a humanitarian disaster.

 

In the course of the assembly, Khan introduced Pakistan’s choice to permit the 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat India has provided to offer Afghanistan as humanitarian help to undergo Pakistan as quickly as modalities are finalised with the Indian aspect, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

At present, Pakistan solely permits Afghanistan to export items to India however would not permit some other two-way commerce by the border crossing.

Final month, India introduced 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan as humanitarian help and requested Pakistan to ship the meals grain through the Wagah border.

 

Afghanistan’s Performing Overseas Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had additionally requested Prime Minister Khan to permit India to move wheat through Pakistan, suggesting that the Taliban authorities was prepared to simply accept 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.

Final yr too India assisted Afghanistan with 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had stated on the United Nations Excessive-Stage Assembly on the Humanitarian scenario in Afghanistan in September.

 

Nevertheless, there have been studies that Pakistan has blocked India’s efforts to offer wheat to the Afghan individuals, amidst the coolness in relations between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Kashmir situation.

Khan additionally ordered fast cargo of humanitarian help price Rs 5 billion comprising wheat, emergency medical provides, winter shelters and different provides to Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

He instructed all ministries to facilitate Afghans to the utmost and likewise authorized in-principle tariff and gross sales tax discount on key Afghan exports to Pakistan.

 

Khan ordered that the power of free COVID vaccination for all Afghans getting into Pakistan from land borders be continued.

Nationwide Safety Adviser Dr. Moeed Yusuf, who can also be the Convener of AICC, made an in depth presentation to transient the civil and navy management on the present financial scenario in Afghanistan and the progress made by AICC in coordinating nationwide efforts for humanitarian help and border facilitation for Afghans.

Prime Minister Khan additionally directed that bus service between Peshawar and Jalalabad in Afghanistan be revived to facilitate travellers on either side.

 

To additional facilitate Afghans, the visa period can be relaxed such that visas are granted inside three weeks on the most, the report stated.

Khan additionally instructed the Nationwide Safety Adviser to go to Afghanistan to carry delegation-level talks and agree on particular areas the place fast capability constructing help shall be supplied to Afghans.

The assembly was attended by Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Military Chief Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa, and senior civil and navy officers. 

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