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Pakistan pledges $28m humanitarian aid to support Afghanistan

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KABUL: Pakistan has announced over $28 million in food, medical and other humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in meeting with Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and top government officials on Monday ordered an immediate shipment of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth $28 million including 50,000 metric tons of wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies to Afghanistan.

This is as the Pakistani government will also reduce tariffs and sales tax on certain Afghan exports to Pakistan, Pakistani government said in a statement.

Pakistan has also authorized the transport of food aid from India through Pakistan to Afghanistan. Pakistan has said it would allow 50,000 metric tons of wheat offered by India as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan to go through Pakistan as soon as modalities are finalized.

The aid had been offered earlier this month, and on November 11, the Indian foreign ministry said it had been facing obstacles in accessing Afghanistan.

Pakistan says it will also facilitate the return of Afghans seeking medical treatment in India who had been stranded there since the Taliban takeover of Pakistan’s northwestern neighbour in August.

A delegation of Afghan health officials is due to visit Islamabad for talks with Pakistani counterparts on Pakistani humanitarian assistance, the statement said.

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