Pakistan will “favorably” consider the Taliban regime’s request to transport wheat, offered by India through the country on “exceptional cases” for humanitarian purposes, Prime Minister Imran Khan said. Khan expressed his opinion during a conversation with a delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaki, Dawn reported, citing a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
“The Prime Minister said that, in the current context, Pakistan will favorably consider the request of the Afghan brothers for the transportation of wheat, offered by India through Pakistan, in exceptional cases for humanitarian purposes and in accordance with conditions to be developed,” the statement said.
“Imran Khan reaffirmed Islamabad’s support for Afghanistan and the Afghan people in overcoming the problems faced by the neighboring country. He also stressed the vital importance of a peaceful, stable, sovereign, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan for Pakistan and the entire region. ”
Khan also stressed that “continued security and decisive counter-terrorism action, respect for the rights of all Afghans, and participation in governance and politics will further enhance stability in Afghanistan,” the statement said.
Pakistan did not allow Indian cargo to enter Afghanistan through its territory.
In October, Mary Ellen McGroarty, Country Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan, said the program was in talks with India to donate wheat to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
The Taliban, after meeting with Indian officials in October, said New Delhi had expressed a willingness to provide extensive humanitarian assistance to Afghans.
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, and at the same time the security situation has deteriorated since the Taliban took control of the country.
The UN World Food Program (WFP) has warned that millions of Afghans will face hunger this winter unless urgent action is taken.
It is estimated that about 23 million people, or 55 percent of the Afghan population, will be in crisis or extreme food shortages between now and next March.
In its latest situation report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expresses concerns about “contingent humanism” or attempts to “use” humanitarian assistance for political ends.
(With ANI inputs)