Pakistan pledges $28m in Afghanistan humanitarian support

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Chairing the Committee on Afghan Aid, Prime Minister Imran Khan also authorized the transit of Indian food aid.

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Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced more than $28 million in medical, food and other humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, while authorizing the transport of food aid from India through Pakistan to Afghanistan, his office says Is.

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Khan met his country’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and top government officials, including the foreign minister, finance minister and national security advisor, in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Monday.

,[The PM] Ordered immediate shipment of humanitarian aid worth 5 billion Pakistani rupees [roughly $28.4m], in which 50,000 . food items including [metric tonnes] wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelter and other supplies,” said a statement issued after the meeting.

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The Pakistani government will also reduce duties and sales tax on certain Afghan exports to Pakistan, the statement said.

Khan’s office said it would allow 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat offered by India as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan “to pass through Pakistan after modalities are finalized with the Indian side”.

Aid was offered earlier this month, and on November 11, the Indian foreign ministry said it was facing obstacles in reaching Afghanistan.

,[W]Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Eye is looking at possibilities, but the lack of uninterrupted access has caused difficulties.”

Pakistan says it will also facilitate the return of Afghans seeking medical treatment to India, who were stranded there since the Taliban’s takeover of Pakistan’s northwestern neighbor in August.

A delegation of Afghan health officials is scheduled to visit Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani counterparts on Pakistani humanitarian aid, the statement said.

Top US delegation visits

Also on Monday, a delegation of two senior US Congressmen – US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks and Foreign Affairs Asia Sub-Committee Chairman Ami Bera held talks with the Pakistani Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other officials in Islamabad.

In their meeting, Khan reiterated the Pakistani position that there was a need to engage with the Taliban government in Kabul to avert a potential humanitarian disaster, his office said in a statement.

“The prime minister also expressed the hope that ways and means would be found to address the liquidity issue and enable banking channels to help Afghanistan sustain its immediate economic burden and challenges,” the statement said. ” Frozen by America.

A brief statement from the US House Foreign Affairs Committee confirmed the visit and the meetings of two congressmen.

“While in Pakistan, the delegation appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in supporting the evacuation of US citizens and lawful permanent residents from Afghanistan, and exchanged views on a range of issues, including counter-terrorism, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, climate change, etc. be provided. trade,” the US statement said.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweeted @AsadHashim.

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