Nov 25, 2021: Pakistan handed over seven trucks of humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan at Torkham Crossing in an effort to provide assistance to them after the onset of severe winter.
The trucks loaded with food items were handed over to Afghan authorities by National Security Adviser Moeed Yousaf, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq was also present on the occasion, while Qari Inayatullah, Deputy Minister for Management from Afghanistan; Qari Sabit, Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Coordinator And Qari Nazir, Deputy Commissioner Torkham received humanitarian aid.
Pakistan has repeatedly urged the international community to reach out to Afghans in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter as the people of Afghanistan are most affected by the absence of a recognized government.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has already announced a package of Rs 5 billion for the Afghan people, which includes 50,000 metric tons of wheat. Pakistan also allowed the shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan out of goodwill.
Dr. Yousuf said in a series of tweets that geoeconomics is a reality and so is the government’s efforts to transform this vision into a reality that will positively impact every Pakistani in the years to come.
He said that earlier this week, the Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the Apex Committee of the Afghan Coordination Cell, and at his direction, the cell was present at the border today to remove all obstacles to trade and communication from Torkham.
He recalled his visit to Torkham a few days ago with his Uzbek counterpart, Razzaq Daud, the prime minister’s adviser on trade and investment, to observe the first shipment of Uzbek yarn coming across the border. Dr. Yusuf said that there is a need for a number of bilateral and multilateral agreements, which need to be done.
“Our trucks are already plowing the road to Turkey. It will become more normal.”
He said that during his visit to Torkham, at the Khyber Rifles (KR) Mess, a key measure of connectivity and geo-economics success came to him as he walked through the corridors of the mess and was surrounded by incredible history.
He said the best testament to Pakistan’s successful switch to geo-economics would be if the border was frequented by trade and commerce ministers of major regional and extra-regional countries.
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