Pakistan to send wheat supplies to Afghan Kunduz

Citizens facing acute food shortages after brazen Taliban attack earlier this month

Pakistan to send wheat supplies to Afghan Kunduz

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistan said Wednesday it was making arrangements to transport wheat stocks to Kunduz, a northern Afghan city where citizens are facing acute food shortages after it fell to the Taliban last month. 

A government spokesman said in a statement that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the foreign ministry to arrange the immediate transportation of wheat stocks for the citizens of Kunduz, who are returning to their homes after Afghan security forces, backed by U.S. aerial support, pushed the Taliban back from the center of the city.

A brief capture of the strategically-important city of Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, is seen as the biggest military victory of the Taliban since 2011.

It has not only sparked concerns about the capability of Afghan security forces to maintain stability, but has also cemented the leadership of newly-elected Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur.

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been strained, with Kabul accusing Islamabad of harboring the Taliban, who have been waging a brazen insurgency against foreign and local forces for the last 13 years. 

Pakistan blames Afghanistan for providing bases to the Pakistani Taliban who have been involved in a series of militant attacks on its soil, including a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that killed more than 140 people in 2014.

Pakistan had recently brokered peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in a bid to end the 13-year long insurgency in the war-stricken country, but the Taliban pulled out of the process a few days before the second round of talks.

This also led to a string of deadly Taliban attacks across Afghanistan, including in Kabul, further widening the mistrust between the two neighbors.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ekim 2015, 16:01