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COAS Bajwa appreciates PAF’s role in providing aid to Afghanistan

Gen Bajwa was given a detailed briefing on operational matters of PAF. Source: ISPR.

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday appreciated Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) role in provision of humanitarian assistance and facilitating recent evacuation operations from Afghanistan.

The army chief visited Air Headquarters where he was given detailed briefing on operational matters of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). During the meeting matters of mutual professional interest were discussed, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)

The Air Chief highlighted various ongoing projects being carried out by PAF. The COAS hailed PAF sacrifices for the country and their all out support to the law enforcement agencies. Gen Bajwa praised the operational preparedness of PAF, while appreciating the motivation level of all ranks.

Pakistan has continued to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as the neighbouring country faces shortages after the Taliban takeover, According to Foreign Office, a C-130 carrying relief goods comprising foods items and medicines arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif on Sunday.

It said this is the fourth such consignment in as many days manifesting Pakistan’s commitment to provide relief assistance to Afghan brothers and sisters. Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan said the goods were delivered by thw Consul General to Governor Bulkh Maulvi Qudratullah.

The third consignment of relief goods from government of Pakistan reached Afghanistan’s Khost city on Saturday, which was received by local Afghan authorities. The relief goods include food and medicines including cooking oil, flour and life-saving drugs.

Pakistan’s Ambassador in Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan in a tweet said Pakistan’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan is continuing effectively. The World Food Program is also continuing flights from Islamabad to Kabul.

Kabul airport was severely damaged during a chaotic evacuation of over 120,000 people that ended with the withdrawal of US forces on August 30. The Taliban have been scrambling to get it operational again with Qatari technical assistance.