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Pakistan to permit India to ship wheat to Afghanistan via its territory: Imran Khan

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Press Trust of India

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 via its territory after the 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.During the assembly, Khan introduced Pakistan’s resolution 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.Currently, Pakistan solely permits Afghanistan to export items to India however would not permit another two-way commerce via the border crossing.Last month, India introduced 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan as humanitarian help and requested Pakistan to ship the meals grain by way of the Wagah border.Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had additionally requested Prime Minister Khan to permit India to move wheat by way of 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 folks. This included offering greater than 1 million metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan over the previous decade.Last 12 months too India assisted Afghanistan with 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had stated on the United Nations High-Level Meeting on the Humanitarian scenario in Afghanistan in September.However, there have been reviews that Pakistan has blocked India’s efforts to offer wheat to the Afghan folks, amidst the coolness in relations between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Kashmir difficulty.Khan additionally ordered instant cargo of humanitarian help value 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 authorised 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.National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf, who can 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 length can be relaxed such that visas are granted inside three weeks on the most, the report stated.Khan additionally instructed the National Security Adviser to go to Afghanistan to carry delegation-level talks and agree on particular areas the place instant capacity-building help shall be offered to Afghans.The assembly was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and senior civil and navy officers.Read | Pak PM Imran Khan goofs up, says India has inhabitants of 1 billion 300 crore | WATCHRead | Pak PM Imran Khan accused of promoting presents he obtained from different nation heads