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Afghanistan to get Pakistani wheat despite Karzai’s saber rattling

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[IANS] – Karachi, June 23 : Pakistan is planning to export 50,000 tonnes of
wheat to neighbouring Afghanistan despite recent saber-rattling by Afghan
President Hamid Karzai, media reports said Monday.

The exports will be made from the stocks of state-owned Pakistan Agriculture
Storage and Supplies Corporation (PASSCO) at subsidized rates, English-language
daily Business Recorder said.

Last weekend Karzai threatened to invade Pakistan in pursuit of insurgent
Talibans, triggering new tensions between the two countries and causing a 7
percent decline in the country’s main Karachi bourse.

But this did not impede Pakistan’s willingness to supply wheat or flour at
subsidized rates to cash-strapped and hungry Afghanistan. Fifty thousand tonnes
of the staple will be sent in addition to the regular 600,000 tonnes annual
export to the war-torn country.

The foreign ministry has already sought bids from private transporters to
dispatch the wheat.

Pakistan itself is going through a severe wheat shortage and has recently
placed orders for importing 2.5 million tonnes.

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Written by afghandevnews

June 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Posted in Food security

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  1. Pakistan itself is going through a severe wheat shortage, people are upset. Pakistan should think of himself first.

    Laws of Pakistan

    July 2, 2008 at 12:37 pm


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