Pakistan donates planeload of wheat to Afghanistan

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On special instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity with brotherly people and the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of Pakistan donated a planeload of wheat to Afghanistan on 30 October 2015 to help mitigate the food shortage in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul handed over the donation to Afghan Deputy Minister/Deputy Chairman of the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), Aslam Sayas, at Kabul Airport in the presence of other Afghan officials.

The Afghan officials thanked the Government of Pakistan for the generous donation.

Earlier in February this year, Pakistan sent relief assistance for the victims of avalanches in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is experiencing a wheat surplus this year, but the government’s plan to export 1.2 million tonnes of the stock has been undermined by falling prices on the world market.

It may be recalled that Pakistan and Afghanistan had signed an agreement in 2008 for supply of 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan in August.