In response to the life-threatening flash floods triggered by heavy rains, Pakistan consigned emergency relief aid to Kandahar province to aid those affected in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
The Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, made the statement public during a ceremony at an air base in Rawalpindi, also attended by Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Afghanistan, from where the aid has been sent to Afghanistan.
The Foreign Minister emphasized the close ties between the two peoples and underlined Pakistan’s commitment to continuing its aid and humanitarian efforts for the brotherly Afghan people.
He said that during these challenging circumstances, the Pakistani government and people stood shoulder to shoulder with the Afghan people.
On the orders of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Pakistani National Disaster Management Authority organized a 10.6-tonne consignment of winter clothes, tents, blankets, tarps, and food supplies such as flour, cooking oil, and sugar to aid the people of Afghanistan in disaster-hit areas.
The foreign minister also emphasized the significance Pakistan placed on its relations with Afghanistan and stressed that the two nations had continued to work together to develop a trade and transit environment that was facilitative and increased connectivity.
The emergency relief aid comes at a time when a trade delegation from Pakistan visited Kabul, the Afghan capital, to discuss trade, transit, and connectivity; agreeing on a certain number of measures to facilitate bilateral trade flow.