Pakistan to provide humanitarian assistance worth Rs 5 bln to Afghanistan: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan will provide humanitarian assistance worth five billion rupees to Afghanistan.

Briefing media in Islamabad on Thursday evening, after concluding his visit to Afghanistan, he said Pakistan will allow duty free import of fresh fruits and vegetable from Afghanistan to facilitate bilateral trade.

He said border crossings between the two countries will remain open 24/7 for trade. He said a special lane will be established for vehicles carrying perishable goods.

The Foreign Minister said Afghan Businessmen can get visa on arrival, while Pakistani Embassy in Kabul has been authorized to issue five-year visa for multiple entries.

He said the Afghan leadership has also assured Islamabad that it will not allow anyone, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch Liberation, to use Afghan soil against Pakistan. 

The Minister said interim government in Afghanistan has assured Pakistan that it will support projects like CASA-1000, TAPI and Trans-Afghan railway project. 

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