Friday, January 27, 2023

Saudi Arabia sends humanitarian aid to Afghanistan via Pakistan

The humanitarian aid package includes 200 trucks, containing 30,000 food baskets and 10,000 winter bags

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, today launched a relief program comprising 200 trucks carrying food and winter bags to support the brotherly Afghan people.

The 1,920 tons weighing humanitarian package includes 30,000 food baskets and 10,000 winter bags for the people of Afghanistan. The war-torn country is on the verge of an economic meltdown since the international forces departed the country in August after the Taliban took over.

“The kingdom is sending 200 trucks of relief goods which will ease off some of the problems faced by Afghan people,” Pakistan’s Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani told media after attending the ceremony to send relief goods to Afghanistan.

Sanjrani appreciated the kingdom’s call for conducting a special session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Afghanistan and supporting Pakistan to successfully organize the session.

 “It was indeed a great gesture from the Saudi leadership that always remains at the forefront of helping the Muslim ummah,” he added.

The Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, said that this aid comes in the implementation of the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Highness the Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, adding that the people of Afghanistan needed urgent help and the kingdom was keen to support them.

“Saudi Arabia already sent six airplanes full of relief goods directly to Kabul last week,” he said adding that, “With the help of the Pakistani government now, we are sending relief items that will be carried by more than 200 trucks to Afghanistan and will reach there within the next 10 days.”

“It is the first convoy,” he continued. “We will send more consignments after this gets distributed among Afghan people.”

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