Pakistan sends four planeloads, 115 trucks of relief goods to Afghanistan

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Pakistan Tuesday sent seven additional trucks from Torkham border, carrying 45 tons of food items, 1440 packs winter clothing family packs, and eight tons of rice and medicine, taking the total assistance dispatched so far by the country to four C130 loads, 115 trucks load comprising 1722 tons of food, medicines, and shelters for distressed Afghan breth-ren.

The Pak-Afghan Cooperation Forum and Khadija Welfare Trust handed over the seven truckloads of relief goods to Afghan officials at Torkham Border in Peshawar.

Mufti Tariq Masood of Khadija Welfare Trust and Additional Assistant Commissioner Ashrafuddin handed over the relief goods to the Raees of Af-ghanistan Emarat e Islami, Muhammad Nasim Ahmadi at Torkham Border, Landikotal in Khyber district. The relief goods included blankets, quilts, daily use items and edibles.

Muhammad Nasim Ahmadi said over one million children in Afghanistan were faced with food scar-city and other problems, urging the United Nations and other countries to provide maximum relief goods to Afghans in this hour of need. Ahmadi fur-ther said that Pakistan always stood by its Afghan brethren for which the Afghan government was thankful to Pakistan.

The head of Khadija Welfare Trust, Mufti Tariq Masood said, “We offered seven truckloads of relief goods to Afghanistan to minimize the sufferings of Afghan brethren.”

He also appealed to the world community to provide every possible assistance to the Afghan people at this critical juncture. Pakistan opened border crossing points along the Pak-Afghan border to ease the flow of goods across the border. These crossings include Torkham, Cha-man, Kharlachi, Ghulam Khan, and Angoor Adda.

In the eye camp in Kabul, eye specialists from Paki-stan examined and treated Afghan patients including children, women and elderly. 5450 patients were examined and 206 surgeries were performed in Ka-bul camp and 2670 patients were examined while 324 surgeries were performed in the Khost camp.

Pakistan had been providing medical facilities to Afghans since long, and allowed those in need of immediate health assistance to enter the country to seek medical assistance at hospitals in Quetta, Pe-shawar and other cities of the country.

A free Eye Camp was organized at Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital Kabul from 22-24 November by Pak-Afghan Cooperation Forum.

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