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First batch of Indian wheat aid sent to Afghanistan

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Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla flagged off the first truckload of wheat supplies from India to Afghanistan at the Attari-Wagah border on 22 February 2022.  Afghan Trucks carrying 2500 tonnes of Indian wheat will carry it to Afghanistan’s Jalalabad via Pakistan's Torkham border.

This is the part of 50,000 tonnes of wheat promised by India to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid in October 2021.

India Pakistan  Trade route 

At present the only operational land trade route between India and Pakistan is through the Attari/Wagah border . 

  • Wagah is  an Indian army outpost on the Indo-Pak border ( between Amritsar and Lahore) and  Atari is on the Pakistani side of the border .

  • Currently there is only one operational rail route along the Amritsar-Attari-Lahore railway line through Attari and Amritsar rail station for movement of cargo between the two countries. 

  • The cargo moves either by the goods trains or by freight cars attached to the bi-weekly Samjhauta Express(Delhi to Lahore). 

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