Islamabad, PTI. Pakistan has given formal permission to India to provide assistance to Afghanistan for 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines on humanitarian grounds. This information was issued by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan on Wednesday. Told that the Government of India has been informed in this regard. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had on Monday announced to provide road connectivity to Indian supplies.

The Taliban, who have seized power in Afghanistan, have no food to feed the masses, no medicines to treat. Even his special friend Pakistan is not able to help him because Pakistan itself is also facing poverty. In such a situation, there was a compulsion for the Taliban to take help from India. On the request of the Taliban government, the Indian government decided to give him free wheat and essential medicines.

These goods are to be sent to Afghanistan by road. At the behest of the Taliban government, the Pakistan government had to allow India to use its road without wanting it. Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki had requested Imran in this regard.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has said that keeping in mind the brotherly relationship with the Afghan people, Indian aid material has been allowed to reach Afghanistan. But it has not been allowed to provide a route for trade between India and Afghanistan. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry has said that wheat and medicines will come from India through the Wagah (Attari) border route.

During the last ten years, India has been providing free food grains to the Afghans. In ten years, India has given more than one million metric tons of food grains to the Afghans. In September, at a high-level meeting led by the United Nations, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had told that in 2020, India had sent 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. But as soon as there was tension in the relations between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan closed the road to sending aid to Afghanistan.

This created a crisis of feeding the large population of Afghanistan. As soon as the Taliban took power, the whole world stopped aiding Afghanistan, then this crisis became serious. The crisis intensified as the cold weather began, and fears of starvation in Afghanistan were raised. After this, India decided to provide humanitarian assistance.

Edited By: Krishna Bihari Singh