India sends 50,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan through Pakistan

Amritsar – Punjab): India on Tuesday sent 50,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat to Afghanistan via Pakistan. The consignment was flagged off by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

This comes days after India handed over 2.5 tonnes of medical aid and clothing to Afghanistan as part of its fifth batch of medical aid under humanitarian aid to the beleaguered country.

“We have come from Afghanistan…I am very happy..,” said an Afghan, who is in India to transport wheat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week met members of the Sikh-Hindu delegation to Afghanistan and assured continued support to the community to resolve all issues and difficulties in the future.

“Wheat is in dire need in Afghanistan. The people there have no money and they are poor. We thank India for the help,” said one of the Afghans who went to India to collect 50,000 metric tons of wheat will be carried out. The land of Afghanistan through Pakistan was quoted by ANI as saying.

Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the Indian government was committed to providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

“The government is committed to providing humanitarian aid to the Afghan people, including food grains, COVID vaccines and essential life-saving medicines,” MEA official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi was told in a virtual weekly media briefing.

He also informed that 3.6 tonnes of medical aid and 5,00,000 doses of COVID vaccine have been supplied to Afghanistan in the last few weeks.

First published:February 22, 2022, 3:58 pm

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