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Imran Khan allows Indian help to Afghanistan to pass through Pakistan after modalities are finalised

Imran Khan allows Indian help to Afghanistan to pass through Pakistan after modalities are finalised

On Monday, Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister, said his government would allow 50,000 tons of wheat from India to Afghanistan as soon as Islamabad and New Delhi finalize modalities.

Khan announced while approving a humanitarian aid package for Afghanistan.

He visited the Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell in Islamabad and chaired the first committee meeting of the cell. Shah Mahmood Qureshi also attended the foreign minister Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan Army chief Gen and National Security Adviser Moeed Yousaf.

As per the official statement issued after the meeting.

Imran Khan "announced Pakistan's decision to allow the 50,000 MT of wheat India has offered to provide Afghanistan as humanitarian aid to go through Pakistan as soon as mode are finalized with the Indian side,"

The statement added.

"Pakistan will also help the return of Afghan patients who had gone to India for medical treatment and are stuck in India PM announced,"

Hundreds of Afghan nationals, including patients taking medical treatment and their relatives, have been stuck in India for months following the Taliban capture in Afghanistan in August.

Some made their way back to Afghanistan via Iran on a handful of specially arranged flights in recent weeks. However, the fare for this path was $850 and out of the reach of many of the stranded Afghans.

Indian officials said.

Several weeks ago, India offered to supply 50,000 tonnes of wheat as humanitarian aid via the Wagah land border crossing with Pakistan. However, Pakistan didn't respond positively to the move,

Even a Taliban commission that recently visited Islamabad had raised the issue of allowing the shipment of wheat with the top Pakistan leadership.

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During a meeting in Islamabad, Khan instructed all Pakistani ministries to "facilitate Afghans to a maximum level." He ordered the immediate shipment of humanitarian aid worth Pakistani ₹5 billion, including 50,000 tonnes of wheat, winter shelters, emergency medical supplies, and other items. He also approved in-sales tax reduction and principle tariff on important Afghan exports to Pakistan.

Imran Khan also ordered authorities to continue providing free Covid-19 vaccine for all Afghans entering Pakistan from borders through the land. Pakistan started free vaccination of Afghans on 13th November.

Moeed Yusuf NSA, who is also the convener of the cell, made a presentation on the current economic situation in Afghanistan and the progress made by the cell in coordinating Pakistani efforts for humanitarian assistance and border facilitation for Afghans.

Khan instructed Moeed Yusuf to visit Afghanistan to

The statement said.

"hold delegation-level talks and agree on specific areas where immediate capacity-building support shall be provided to Afghans,"

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