For the first time since Kabul fell India sent the Taliban humanitarian aid to Afghanistan last August: a 1.6-ton shipment of life-saving emergency medicine for a children’s hospital.
These supplies were sent on a return flight that brought 10 Indians and 94 Afghans from Kabul to Delhi on Friday.
This is even happening while India and Pakistan are working out the modalities for the transportation of 50,000 tons of wheat by road through Pakistan to Afghanistan.
The Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that the drugs would be handed over to representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kabul and administered at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul.
The special flight chartered by the Indian government from Kabul to New Delhi was at 10am on Friday. arrived at the IGI airport
Indians and 94 Afghans, including members of the Afghan minority. The members of the minority community carried two Swaroops from Guru Granth Sahib and some old Hindu manuscripts.
So far, a total of 669 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan as part of the so-called “Operation Devi Shakti”: 448 Indians and 206 Afghans, including members of the Afghan Hindu / Sikh minority community.
Two months after India submitted an application to Pakistan to send food to Afghanistan by land, Islamabad announced on Nov.
But Indian officials said time was running out as Delhi didn’t want to wait for the drugs to be sent through those trucks – how and when it would happen.
For the record, Delhi has said that there can be no preconditions for humanitarian aid.
Officials said it would take 5,000 trucks via Pakistan to transport 50,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan. The logistics indicate that Indian trucks would have to unload the wheat and reload it onto Afghan trucks at the zero point on the border between Wagah and Attari.
Last month, the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan informed the visiting Taliban delegation in Islamabad that they had accepted the application of the “Afghan brothers” for the transport of wheat “exceptionally” for “humanitarian purposes and as pro-modalities to be worked out”.
This was conveyed by Imran Khan to Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who was accompanied by the Taliban Finance, Trade and Industry Ministers and high-ranking members of the delegation.
Last year too, India supported Afghanistan with 75,000 tons of wheat, albeit under the former Ashraf-Ghani regime.