Tuesday, December 7

Food Crisis: Pakistan blocking efforts to send relief materials to Afghan — India

The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan after nearly two decades of open air. However, the country’s economy was devastated by the civil war. 

Extreme political turmoil has brought disaster to the lives of ordinary people. There has been a severe food crisis. 

In such a situation, India has started sending food items to the distressed Afghans but Pakistan is continuously trying to stop this effort.

According to foreign ministry sources, New Delhi has decided to send 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan in response to the food crisis. They were supposed to reach Afghanistan via Pakistan by truck through land for which at least 5 thousand trucks are required. 

India has sought Islamabad’s permission to use the road to ship large quantities of goods. To this end, India wrote a letter last month seeking permission from the Pakistani government to allow trucks to enter the route inside Pakistan for reaching Afghanistan. 

Although Pakistan has not directly denied to this proposal but Islamabad has yet to provide permission for those Indian trucks to pass through their country and it is getting delayed. As a result, the issue of Indian relief reaching Afghanistan is completely blocked.  

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It is worth mentioning that food and other vital supplies are running out in Afghanistan which has been taken over by the Taliban. The economy of that country is devastated. In October, the European Union announced 1.2 billion in financial aid to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the war-torn country.

Several countries, such as China and Turkey, have already begun sending relief supplies. Last September, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Afghanistan was facing a “rapid disaster”. 

UN spokesman Jens Lark told a news conference in Geneva that millions of Afghans were facing major problems. In the face of the food crisis as well as the collapse of health infrastructure. 

Ajit Doval, India’s national security adviser, has called for a conference on November 10-11 to discuss whether neighboring countries are safe from the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Besides Pakistan, India also invited countries like China, Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to attend the meeting.

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