| 1 October 2022, Saturday |

Pakistan, China urge world to send humanitarian aid to Kabul

Pakistan’s and China’s leaders issued a rare united appeal on Tuesday, urging the international community to deliver humanitarian and economic aid to Afghanistan, where people are experiencing food and medication shortages as winter approaches.

According to a government statement, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone about Afghanistan, saying that people in the country need international assistance “to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability,” and rebuild after the US withdrew and the Taliban seized power in August.

The new incident occurred just one day after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Taliban leaders in Qatar to address a variety of topics.

Pakistan and China have been long-time allies, and they’ve supplied humanitarian aid to Kabul in the last two months, along with other countries.

Pakistan wants the international community to unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets so Kabul may utilize its own money to stop the crisis from worsening.

The Taliban regime now lacks access to the $9 billion in reserves maintained by the Afghan central bank, the majority of which is kept by the New York Federal Reserve.

  • Arab News