ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in collaboration with Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRC) has sent a consignment of food package for 16,000 people in Af­ghanistan. The aid was handed over jointly by PRCS and TRC officials to the representatives of Afghani­stan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) during a simple cer­emony at the Torkham Border crossing point. 

PRCS, TRC officials, representatives of ARCS and volunteers attended the ceremony. 

The humanitarian aid was delivered to Afghanistan under the joint project of Pakistan and Turkey. 33 tons of food supplies contain food package with con­sumable items including red bean, pasta, sugar, rice, cooking oil and chickpeas etc for distribution among the affected Afghan population. 

In his message on the occasion, Chairman PRCS Abrar-ul-Haq said that PRCS is serving the suffering humanity to the best of its capability and without any discrimination. He said Pakistan and Turkey have al­ways stood side by side with people in distress. He also paid rich tributes to the TRC for their magnan­imous support and long-term partnership with the PRCS in humanitarian interventions in the last dec­ades. “The TRC has always fulfilled its commitment to support PRCS as a reliable partner in case of any dis­aster or emergency,” he said. 

Abrar-ul-Haq said that people of Afghanistan are facing immense challenges due to the crisis and COVID-19. “In Afghanistan conflict, extreme drought, pandemic have adversely affected the peo­ple, with thousands displaced by the recent conflict, and millions more suffering high levels of acute food shortages,” he said adding that this humanitarian as­sistance is the expression of solidarity with the vul­nerable people of Afghanistan amid these challeng­ing times. 

“The quantity of food packs being distributed may not be that huge, but what matters is the demonstra­tion of close relations and brotherhood between the people of Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan,” he con­cluded.