In the absence of any big aid from the international community for the cash-strapped neighbour, the government has approved a donation of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan.
Pakistan had already given India permission to transfer wheat aid to Afghanistan on a one-time basis. It has now matched a similar offer, but the delivery of Indian wheat has remained pending due to the failure of Islamabad and New Delhi to resolve logistical concerns.
On Monday, the cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee approved a request to donate 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. The conference, which was chaired by Minister of Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan, also proposed that the ban on wheat/wheat flour exports to Afghanistan be relaxed.