Pakistan to permit Afghan vans to move wheat, life-saving medicine from India to Afghanistan

Two months after India requested Pakistan to permit transportation of meals grains to Afghanistan through land route, Islamabad instructed New Delhi Friday that it’ll enable “Afghan trucks” for transportation of wheat and life-saving medicines.

The resolution was conveyed by the Pakistan’s overseas ministry to Indian diplomats in Islamabad.

An announcement by Pakistan’s overseas ministry stated, “With a view to further facilitate Pakistan’s decision to allow transportation of 50,000 MT (metric tonnes) of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via Wagah border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes, it has been decided to also allow the use of Afghan trucks for transportation from Wagah border to Torkham.”

The Pakistan overseas ministry stated that this “demonstrates the commitment and seriousness of the government of Pakistan to facilitate the proposed humanitarian assistance”.

“The Indian government was also urged to proceed quickly to take necessary steps to expeditiously undertake the delivery of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan,” it stated.

Meanwhile, there was no official response to Pakistan’s resolution from New Delhi, however the MEA spokesperson has on a number of events stated that there can’t be conditionalities connected to humanitarian help.

Officials stated the duty of transferring 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan would require 5,000 vans through Pakistan.