Pakistan announces humanitarian assistance worth Rs 5bn for Afghanistan

Pakistan announces humanitarian assistance worth Rs 5bn for Afghanistan

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday ordered immediate shipment of humanitarian assistance worth Rs 5 billion comprising wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies to Afghanistan.

On Monday, he gave these instructions when he presided over the first Supreme Council meeting during a visit to the newly formed Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group in Islamabad.

The Prime Minister instructed all ministries to provide maximum convenience for Afghans. He also approved principled tariff and sales tax reductions for Afghanistan’s main exports to Pakistan.

Imran Khan ordered the continued provision of free COVID vaccination facilities for all Afghans entering Pakistan from the land border.

He also announced that Pakistan has decided to allow the 50,000 metric tons of wheat provided by India to Afghanistan to pass through Pakistan as humanitarian aid, once the method has been finalized with India.

Welcome to Dr. Moeed Yusuf, the Prime Minister, National Security Advisor and AICC Convenor, to give a detailed introduction of the current economic situation in Afghanistan and AICC’s progress in coordinating the country’s humanitarian work on aid and border facilitation for Afghans.

Prime Minister Imran also instructed the resumption of bus services between Peshawar and Jalalabad to facilitate passengers from both sides. To further facilitate Afghans, the visa period will be relaxed, and visas can be obtained within three weeks at most.

The Prime Minister took this opportunity to remind the international community to support Afghanistan’s collective responsibility to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

At the same time, the Prime Minister instructed the National Security Adviser to visit Afghanistan, hold delegation-level talks, and reach agreement on specific areas where Afghans should be provided with immediate capacity building support.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, financial adviser Shaukat Tallinn, commander-in-chief of the army Kamal Javed Bajwa and senior civilian and military officials.

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