Truckloads of food aid sent to Afghanistan

Published September 20, 2021
Container trucks carrying food items cross Torkham border to enter Afghanistan on Sunday. — Dawn
Container trucks carrying food items cross Torkham border to enter Afghanistan on Sunday. — Dawn

KHYBER: Pakistan on Sunday donated necessary food items loaded in 17 container trucks on humanitarian grounds to the newly-established Taliban government in Afghanistan.

A ceremony to hand over the humanitarian assistance to the Afghan Taliban officials was held at Torkham. Pak-Afghan Cooperation Forum chairman Habibullah Khan along with other Pakistani officials handed over the loaded containers to Taliban leader Maulvi Mubariz Afghani.

Speaking on the occasion, Habibullah Khan said that the goodwill gesture from Pakistan was made at a time when the war-stricken and impoverished people of Afghanistan needed such assistance the most.

He said that the assistance was provided at a time when almost all the international aid agencies had suspended their activities in Afghanistan.

He said that low agricultural yields due to below average rains in Afghanistan during the current year was also one of the major factors Pakistan extended its helping hand to the people of Afghanistan.

The Afghan delegation present on the occasion thanked the government of Pakistan for its timely food assistance.

PROTEST: Scores of jobless daily wagers and labourers held a protest demonstration in Landi Kotal on Sunday against the four-month long ban on pedestrian movement at the Torkham border.

Addressing the protesters, Torkham Mazdoor Union chairman Abdus Salam Shinwari said that the ban rendered nearly 8,000 poor labourers jobless who had been facing serious financial problems.

He said that a number of his union members had taken to drugs due to the loss of their only source of earning.

The protesters demanded the government to immediately lift the ban on pedestrian movement and restore their Rahdari cards, enabling them to restart their work at the border crossing.

Meanwhile, relatives of martyred Khasadar and Levies personnel announced boycott of anti-polio vaccination campaign in protest against suspension of monthly stipend of their children, mostly school students.

Addressing a press conference in Jamrud Press Club on Sunday, they demanded provision of all perks and privileges on the pattern of Shuhada Package awarded to the family members of martyred police personnel.

They said the provincial and federal governments had failed to fulfil the promises made with them about provision of assistance under the Shuhada Package.

Published in Dawn, September 20th, 2021

Opinion

Pakhtuns, state and nationalism
Updated 15 Oct 2021

Pakhtuns, state and nationalism

They have lost the most in the ‘war on terror’. Why then is the PM painting Pakhtuns as a nation of holy warriors?
Unity of faith
15 Oct 2021

Unity of faith

There is unity in the apparent diversity of faith traditions.
The people’s page
Updated 15 Oct 2021

The people’s page

Many are disillusioned with the ‘Naya Pakistan’ narrative.
The next 22 months
Updated 14 Oct 2021

The next 22 months

There are at least 11 key challenges which the government will face in the run-up to the next polls.

Editorial

No need for NAB
Updated 15 Oct 2021

No need for NAB

THE National Accountability Bureau has sent instructions to its regional bureaus to stop processing cases that fall...
Forced conversions
Updated 15 Oct 2021

Forced conversions

THE majoritarian view has once again prevailed in the matter of bringing about legislation against forced conversion...
15 Oct 2021

Transgender rights

MEMBERS of the transgender community in the country are often at the receiving end of both their families’ and...
One big mess
14 Oct 2021

One big mess

At its core, the tension is the result of blurring of institutional boundaries witnessed since the PTI government came to power.
Tareen’s admission
Updated 14 Oct 2021

Tareen’s admission

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan’s estranged friend Jahangir Khan Tareen has finally confirmed what has long been alleged...
14 Oct 2021

Dengue outbreak

DENGUE cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in several cities of KP and Punjab. According to data provided by...