The Indian government has sent another shipment of 2,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan through the Attari Wagah crossing point as humanitarian aid. About this today, May 20, informed Khaama Press.
Delivery has been recorded by the Commissioner of Customs Rahulom Nangaréwhen trucks loaded with wheat bearing the inscription “Indian people’s gift to the Afghan people” crossed the border.
“The Indian government has promised to supply Afghanistan with 50,000 tonnes of wheat, we have already sent 10,000 tonnes of wheat. Of the remaining 40,000 tonnes, today we are shipping the first batch of 2,000 tonnes of wheat,” said the commissioner.
Earlier, India pledged that it would supply 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan via Pakistan. On February 26, India’s first humanitarian aid convoy arrived in Jalalabad via Pakistan. According to the Indian Foreign Ministry, the second convoy of trucks carrying 2,000 tons of wheat left India Attari (Amritsar) on March 3 for Jalalabad in Afghanistan. The third and fourth batches of 40 trucks, each carrying 2,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan via the Attari Wagah checkpoint, were dispatched on March 8 and 15 respectively.
According to a press release from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, the Pakistani government has approved the shipment of 50,000 tons of wheat and medicine from India to Afghanistan via Wagah as a humanitarian exception in November 2021 and as a gesture special to the Afghan people. On March 21, the deadline for the delivery of humanitarian aid expired, but India requested a two-month extension and the request was granted.