New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) India is likely to send its first shipment of 10,000 tons of wheat to the Afghan people on Tuesday via Pakistani land routes after months of negotiations with Islamabad.
Under terms finalized with Pakistan, the cargo will be sent through the Attari-Wagah land border post, people familiar with the development said.
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India had sent a proposal to Pakistan on October 7 last year, requesting the transit facility to send 50,000 tons of wheat to the Afghan people through Pakistani soil, and it received a positive response from Islamabad on 24 November.
Following the Pakistani response, the two parties were in contact to finalize cargo transport arrangements.
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Over the past two months, India has delivered large quantities of life-saving medicines and other supplies as part of its humanitarian assistance to war-torn Afghanistan.
The last batch of medical supplies was delivered on Saturday. This was the fifth shipment of humanitarian aid to that country.
India has pleaded to provide unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan to deal with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the country.
India has not recognized the new regime in Afghanistan and has advocated for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul besides insisting that Afghan soil should not be used for terrorist activities against n any country.
India is concerned about recent developments in Afghanistan.
It hosted a regional dialogue on Afghanistan on 10 November attended by NSAs from Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Participating countries pledged to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for global terrorism and called for the formation of an “open and truly inclusive” government in Kabul with representatives from all sections of the community. Afghan society.
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