Pakistan has promised over $28 million to help its neighbour, Afghanistan. In addition, the Pakistan government also promised that it would allow the passing of aid provided by India to Afghanistan through its borders. This commitment comes after Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan spoke with several of his ministers and also the chief of the country’s army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on 22nd November.
The Pakistan government, in a press statement, noted, “(The PM) ordered an immediate shipment of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth five billion Pakistani rupees [roughly $28.4m], which will comprise food commodities including 50,000 (metric tonnes) of wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies”.
Pakistan commits to providing $28 million in assistance to Afghanistan
In terms of the Indian assistance reaching the landlocked country that was taken over by the Taliban earlier this year, and which has since formed the government, the sub-continental nation has given 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to help alleviate Afghanistan’s food woes.
The Pakistan PM’s office said that the same would be allowed to reach Afghanistan following the completion of necessary formalities. Apart from food assistance from India, Pakistan also added that those Afghans who are undergoing treatment in Indian hospitals and who’ve been unable to return to their homeland following the return of the Taliban regime will also be allowed to pass through Pakistan to get back to their homes.
Meanwhile, Khan and a few of his ministers met with American Congressmen on Monday regarding the situation in Afghanistan. Among other things, Khan, reportedly, emphasised his stand that the US needed to hold talks with the Taliban so as to ensure that the Afghans didn’t suffer any further crisis.
A press release by the Pakistan government also mentioned, “The Prime Minister also hoped 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”.