ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday extended the time period for transportation of 50,000 metric tonnes (MTs) of wheat and life saving medicines as humanitarian assistance from India to Afghanistan via Attari-Wagah Integrated Check Post. The government of Pakistan in November 2021 had approved as a special gesture to the Afghan people, the transportation of 50,000 MTs of wheat and life saving medicines as humanitarian assistance from India to Afghanistan via Wagah border on exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes.

The time period granted for transportation of the humanitarian assistance expired on 21 March 2022. The government of India recently requested for extension in time period to complete the transportation process, said a foreign ministry statement. “As a manifestation of our sincere efforts towards addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, it has been decided to grant two months’ extension to facilitate completion of the transportation. All the modalities shall remain the same as earlier communicated to the Indian side,” it said. The statement added: “The High Commission of India in Islamabad has been informed of the decision in this regard.”