ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced Rs five billion humanitarian aid for Afghanistan along with transit facility for Indian wheat to the land-locked neighbouring country.
These decisions were taken at the apex committee meeting on Afghanistan, headed by the prime minister Imran Khan. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and federal ministers attended the meeting.
The prime minister approved a multi-billion package for the neighbouring country on a humanitarian basis that would include 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat, medicines, and medical supplies.
Imran Khan directed National Security Adviser Mooed Yusuf to visit Afghanistan and hold talks with the officials there for devising a mechanism for the supply of humanitarian aid.
The meeting also approved a lowering sales tax on imports from Afghanistan besides also administering free COVID vaccines to Afghans traveling to Pakistan.
The meeting also gave a nod to the transit of Indian wheat to Afghanistan besides also extending cooperation in facilitating the transit of Afghan passengers on medical grounds.
It was also decided to simplify the visa process for Afghan people and ensure its issuance within three weeks.
The prime minister during the meeting lauded the relief measures and border management with Afghanistan and also directed to restore bus service between Peshawar-Jalalabad.
“The border guards should be well-equipped,” he said and added that the border between the two countries should not be closed at the discretion of lower officials.
The apex committee agreed that the country would take every possible measure for helping the Afghan citizens as Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the people of the neighbouring country had braced hardships and now the international community should come forward and take measures on a humanitarian basis.