Pakistan allows wheat-medicine supply from India to Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday said that as a goodwill gesture towards the brotherly Afghan people, the Government of Pakistan has decided to allow the transportation of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via Wagah Border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, the decision of the Government of Pakistan to this effect was formally conveyed to the Charge d’ Affaires of India at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

The decision came after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday decided to allow Indian wheat to reach Afghanistan through Pakistan. Pakistan government made the decision public in a press release and via tweet. The release said 50,000 metric tonnes of Indian wheat will go to Afghanistan as as humanitarian help.

The PM also ordered that the facility of free COVID vaccination for all Afghans entering Pakistan from land borders be continued. Pakistan initiated free vaccination of Afghans on 13th November. Khan also vowed to facilitate the return of Afghan patients who had gone to India for medical treatment. Last month, India announced 50,000 metric tons of wheat for Afghanistan as humanitarian assistance and requested Pakistan to ship the food grain via Wagah border.

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