Pakistan will continue to extend humanitarian aid to Afghanistan: Qureshi



Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to extending help to the people of Afghanistan despite Islamabad’s limited resources.  

A day earlier, a C-130 aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force carrying relief goods landed in Kabul

In a statement, Qureshi said Pakistan wants peace and prosperity in the neighbouring country. The minister further stated that the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan was not only in the interest of the Afghan people but also the region and the world.

He highlighted that Pakistan sent humanitarian supplies in the form of medicines and food to Kabul on Thursday.

“We are also trying to send them relief goods to avert any crisis,” he maintained. Qureshi stressed that saving Afghanistan from a humanitarian crisis was the common responsibility of all.

He noted that in the past, Afghan soil was used against Pakistan. “We should encourage the Taliban not to allow their land to be used against any other country”.

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The foreign minister also emphasised that if the Taliban met the expectations of the international community, they would make things easier for themselves and their country.

On Thursday, while receiving the goods at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan said the flight was “just a beginning of the humanitarian assistance for the people of the country”.

Talking to media persons, the envoy said the relief goods included around 10 tonnes of flour, 1.5 tonnes of ghee and a huge quantity of emergency medicine.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the government had decided to dispatch humanitarian assistance comprising food and medicines for the people of Afghanistan.

“Three C-130s are being dispatched to Afghanistan. After the first immediate tranche through the air, further supplies would continue through land routes,” the Foreign Office had said in a statement.

The statement said that the government will continue to do its best to help Afghan brethren during the prevalent challenging environment.

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