Pakistan is considering transporting Indian wheat to Afghanistan, says PM Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that Islamabad will examine a proposal from New Delhi to convey wheat as humanitarian relief to the people of Afghanistan through Pakistani borders. According to tweets from the prime minister’s office, Khan addressed his country’s perspective on the topic to the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, during a meeting in Islamabad.
The event came a day after India emphasized the urgent need to send humanitarian supplies to Afghans and noted, without naming Pakistan, that efforts in this area are hampered by a lack of unrestricted access. Pakistan’s unwillingness to allow the supplies to be transported across its territory has stymied India’s efforts to give relief items to the Afghan people in recent weeks, including a promise to supply 50,000 tonnes of wheat.
“The Prime Minister conveyed that in the current context Pakistan would favourably consider the request by Afghan brothers for transportation of wheat offered by India through Pakistan on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes and as per modalities to be worked out,” said a tweet from the Pakistani prime minister’s office.
Pakistan had constantly advocated for quick humanitarian help for Afghanistan, Khan informed Muttaqi and his delegation. He stated it once more“Pakistan’s resolve to stand by the Afghan people by extending all possible support including humanitarian assistance-in-kind to withstand the coming winter season”.
He stated that Pakistan will offer Afghanistan basic food goods such as wheat and rice, as well as emergency medical supplies and housing items. Khan also “underscored the urgent need to release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and facilitation of banking transactions to prevent an economic meltdown”. He emphasized the significance of having a plan“peaceful, stable, sovereign, prosperous and connected Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region”.
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