NEW DELHI: Pakistan PM Imran Khan mentioned Friday Islamabad will favourably consider India’s proposal to ship wheat to Afghanistan through the land route passing by Pakistan.
While India is but to formally hear from Pakistan on the proposal, the announcement by Khan’s workplace remains to be vital as the reassurance by the Pakistan PM is available in a gathering with the Taliban performing international minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, in Islamabad. It additionally comes towards the latest run of the play that noticed Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf calling India a spoiler in Afghanistan and declining India’s invite to take part within the NSA convention held by India this week.
TOI had first reported on October 19 that India was trying to transport 50,000 MT to Afghanistan and was in contact with Pakistan to ship it through the Wagah-Attari border.
“The Prime Minister conveyed that within the present context Pakistan would favourably consider the request by Afghan brothers for transportation of wheat provided by India by Pakistan on distinctive foundation for humanitarian functions and as per modalities to be labored out,’’ tweeted Pakistan PMO after Khan’s assembly with Muttaqi.
Former Indian excessive commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan mentioned land transport by Pakistan can set a superb precedent for regional cooperation. “If the land transport by Pakistan takes place it could be useful for Afghanistan and likewise set a superb precedent for regional cooperation,’’ mentioned Raghavan.
Pakistan had famously in 2002, when India was trying to assist Afghanistan caught up in the same humanitarian disaster, rejected India’s request for delivery of wheat to Afghanistan through the land border. It has since then rejected all such Indian requests.
After it approached Pakistan for facilitating the delivery of wheat, India had formally provided help to Afghanistan in a gathering with a Taliban delegation on the margins of the Moscow Format assembly in Moscow. While the Taliban introduced virtually instantly that India had provided help, just a few days later the Taliban ambassador-designate to the UN, Suhail Shaheen, informed TOI that Taliban was prepared to settle for assist from India and likewise to obtain Indian diplomats and supply them safety to perform their regular diplomatic duties.
Since the NSA convention on Wednesday, Taliban have twice welcomed the assembly chaired by NSA Ajit Doval and mentioned they need to have good diplomatic ties with India.
India stays one of the primary suppliers of wheat to Afghanistan and had delivered 75,000 MT of the grain to Afghanistan in 2020 by the Chabahar port in Iran. The authorities desires the UN to monitor the distribution thoughto guarantee it’s non-discriminatory.
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