PM Imran reiterates vow not to abandon Afghans in their time of need
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated his vow to not abandon Afghans in this time of need as humanitarian crisis is looming in war-ravaged Afghanistan.
The premier, during the third meeting of the Apex Committee on Afghanistan, said that Pakistan is committed to provide all-out support to the Afghan people to avert a humanitarian crisis. He also commended the United Nations’ appeal for aid to Afghanistan.
“Pakistan is committed to provide all out support to Afghan people to avert humanitarian crisis,” said Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI while chairing 3rd meeting of the Apex Committee on Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/2C3522ldxH— Prime Minister's Office (@PakPMO) January 14, 2022
The committee expressed concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the neighboring country and vowed full support in hard times.
Pakistan also appealed to the international community and relief agencies to provide aid at this critical juncture to save precious lives in Afghanistan.
Reports claimed that the premier directed the authorities concerned to explore bilateral cooperation with friendly countries as well to stave off humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan by exporting qualified and trained manpower especially in medical, IT, finance, and accounting.
Khan also directed to extend cooperation in the fields of railways, minerals, pharmaceuticals, and media to help in Afghanistan’s rehabilitation and development.
The officials were also updated on the progress made on relief of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth Rs5 billion which comprises food commodities including 50,000MT of wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters, and other supplies.
Afghanistan is on the verge of a hunger and crisis situation during this harsh winter, the apex committee was told as the crisis makes it difficult for the people to get enough food and shelter amid harsh weather.
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