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afghanistan: Pakistan to ‘favourably’ think about India’s request for supply of wheat to Afghanistan

NEW DELHI: Pakistan PM Imran Khan mentioned Friday Islamabad will favourably think about India’s proposal to ship wheat to Afghanistan by way of the land route passing by way of Pakistan.
Whereas India is but to formally hear from Pakistan on the proposal, the announcement by Khan’s workplace remains to be important 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 in opposition to 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 by way of the Wagah-Attari border.
“The Prime Minister conveyed that within the present context Pakistan would favourably think about the request by Afghan brothers for transportation of wheat provided by India by way of 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 way of Pakistan can set a very good precedent for regional cooperation. “If the land transport by way of Pakistan takes place it might be useful for Afghanistan and in addition set a very good precedent for regional cooperation,’’ mentioned Raghavan.
Pakistan had famously in 2002, when India was trying to assist Afghanistan caught up in an identical humanitarian disaster, rejected India’s request for supply of wheat to Afghanistan by way of the land border. It has since then rejected all such Indian requests.
After it approached Pakistan for facilitating the supply 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. Whereas the Taliban introduced virtually instantly that India had provided help, a couple of days later the Taliban ambassador-designate to the UN, Suhail Shaheen, advised TOI that Taliban was prepared to simply accept assist from India and in addition to obtain Indian diplomats and supply them safety to hold out their regular diplomatic duties.
For the reason that NSA convention on Wednesday, Taliban have twice welcomed the assembly chaired by NSA Ajit Doval and mentioned they wish to have good diplomatic ties with India.
India stays one of many most important suppliers of wheat to Afghanistan and had delivered 75,000 MT of the grain to Afghanistan in 2020 by way of the Chabahar port in Iran. The federal government desires the UN to observe the distribution thoughto guarantee it’s non-discriminatory.

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