To help avert the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Pakistan started the transportation of wheat to Afghanistan. The transportation is being carried out by the National Logistics Cell (NLC).
NLC will transport a total of 50,000 tonnes of wheat through four border crossing points along the Pak-Afghan border. In this connection, the first convoy of trucks carrying 1800 tonnes of wheat left Torkham for Kabul.
The wheat will be carried through Torkham, Chaman, Angoor Adda, and Ghulam Khan border terminals for onward journey to different destinations in Afghanistan. The operation will be completed in around two months.
NLC started transportation of wheat donated by Pakistan to Afghanistan. NLC will transport a total of 50k tons of wheat thru four border crossing points along Pak-Afghan border. #nlc #transportation #humanitarianaid #afghanistan #pakistan #passco #pfd #sfda #foodcrisis # pic.twitter.com/GYDJL9JVaH
— NLC Official (@NLC_Official_) December 31, 2021
Important to note, NLC has set a record of transporting 1.2 million tons of wheat from ports to consumers, besides 400,000 tons of other cargoes in FY 2020/21. It runs one of Pakistan’s largest dry cargo operations covering more than 100 destinations.
Additionally, NLC is the first logistics organization of Pakistan to establish market connectivity through land routes under Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR).
First consignment of wheat reaches Afghanistan
Mr. Shehzad Arbab, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Establishment, and Mr. Habibullah Khan Khattak, President Pakistan Afghan Cooperation Forum handed over the first consignment of wheat to Afghan Minister for National Disaster Management Mullah Abbas Akhund. Provincial authorities of Nangarhar province were present on the occasion.
“Pakistan is providing food, medicine, and warm cloth supplies to prevent cold and harsh weather to the Afghan people. We believe peace and stability in the region are linked to peace in Afghanistan,” the SAPM said on the occasion.
He also appealed to the international community to play its part in the economic stability of Afghanistan. According to details, the consignment is part of the humanitarian package of Rs. 5 billion for in-kind assistance for Afghanistan announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan.