ISLAMABAD – The first batch of the humanitarian aid promised by Saudi Arabia reached the Afghan capital of Kabul via Pakistan this week.
Afghanistan is facing an acute shortage of food and medicines after the Taliban took it over in mid-August.
The UN has been warning that nearly 23 million people — about 55 percent of the population in Afghanistan — are facing extreme levels of hunger, with nearly 9 million at the risk of famine as winter takes hold in the impoverished, landlocked country.
On December 19, Islamabad hosted the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers that focused on the looming economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
The OIC agreed to establish a “humanitarian trust fund” to channel assistance to Afghanistan, appoint a special envoy on Afghanistan and work together with the UN in Afghanistan.
“A total of 16 trucks carrying 360 tons of food and shelter arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday [Wednesday] traveling over the border from Pakistan,” the SPA reported.
The aid was delivered by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the shipment included “11,000 bags of flour, 5,500 food baskets, 3,593 blankets and 3,072 winter bags, meant for various Afghan governorates,” the report read.
Pakistan also sent a consignment of 1800 metric tons (MT) of wheat as humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing on Thursday.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement, “The consignment is part of the humanitarian package of Rs5 billion [nearly $28 million] for in-kind assistance for Afghanistan announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The package includes 50,000 metric tons of wheat, winter shelters and emergency medical supplies.”
It said the current humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan required immediate attention of the international community.
“It is critical that the world community upscale its efforts to reach out to the Afghan people on an urgent basis to help address the humanitarian crisis and stabilize the economic situation,” the statement read.
Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.
On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.
Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.
On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.
Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.
Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|