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Pakistan grants two months extension for transportation of Indian aid to Afghanistan

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Pakistan grants two months extension to India for transporting 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan through the Wagah Border to facilitate the completion of the transportation.

The foreign office spokesperson in a statement issued on Sunday said, that the extension has been granted as a manifestation of our sincere efforts toward addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

According to the Pakistani foreign office, India recently requested an extension in the period to complete the transportation process.

“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,” the foreign office said in a statement.

“All the modalities shall remain the same as earlier communicated to the Indian side,” said the statement.
The development comes amid rising border tensions between Islamabad and Kabul.

Pakistan on Sunday urged Afghanistan to step up security and prevent cross-border attacks, days after the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers in the country’s northwest.

Experts have warned that border tensions are a threat to Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and a test to the Taliban administration.

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