PM approves Rs5 bn humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered immediate shipment of humanitarian assistance worth five billion rupees comprising wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies to Afghanistan. 

He gave these instructions, while chairing the first Apex Committee meeting during his visit to the newly established Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell in Islamabad today [Monday].

The Prime Minister instructed all ministries to facilitate Afghans to the maximum.  He also approved in-principle tariff and sales tax reduction on key Afghan exports to Pakistan.

Imran Khan ordered that the facility of free COVID vaccination for all Afghans entering Pakistan from land borders be continued.

The Prime Minister also announced Pakistan’s decision to allow the 50,000 metric tons of wheat India has offered to provide Afghanistan as humanitarian assistance to go through Pakistan as soon as modalities are finalized with the Indian side.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, the National Security Adviser Dr. Moeed Yusuf, who is also the Convener of AICC, made a detailed presentation to brief the civil and military leadership on the current economic situation in Afghanistan and the progress made by AICC in coordinating national efforts for humanitarian assistance and border facilitation for Afghans.