Time period for aid transit to Afghanistan extended

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Pakistan has accepted India’s plea for a time extension for the delivery of 50,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat and life-saving pharmaceuticals to Afghanistan through the Attari-Wagah integrated checkpoint.

The time limit for transporting humanitarian aid has expired on March 21, 2022, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

In November 2021, the Pakistani government permitted the transit of 50,000 MT of wheat and life-saving medications from India to Afghanistan over the Wagah border on an unusual basis for humanitarian purposes as a special gesture to the Afghan people.

The Indian government has requested an extension to the deadline for completing the transportation procedure.

“As a demonstration of our serious efforts to address the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan,” the statement said, “it has been decided to provide a two-month extension to expedite the transit.” “All modalities would stay the same as they were previously disclosed to the Indian side.”

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has been informed of the decision, according to the statement.

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