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

Editorial

The establishment pivot
18 Jan, 2022

The establishment pivot

It is a sad reality that the power matrix continues to revolve around the establishment.
18 Jan, 2022

Remittances growth

THE hefty growth in remittances from Pakistanis living abroad continues to defy forecasts to the contrary. New State...
18 Jan, 2022

China-Iran deal

THE China-Iran strategic deal that has recently taken effect is more than just a long-term bilateral agreement...
Security policy unveiled
Updated 17 Jan, 2022

Security policy unveiled

PAKISTAN’S freshly unveiled National Security Policy has broadened the traditional concept and included economic...
Bold decisions
Updated 17 Jan, 2022

Bold decisions

IT is a double blow within a matter of days. The Islamabad High Court’s order last week to demolish a navy golf...
17 Jan, 2022

Rohingya camp blaze

A HUGE blaze in a refugee camp housing members of the Rohingya community in Bangladesh last week has left up to ...