Reports say that Pakistan has granted a one-time land transit rights for
Indian trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Afghanistan to cross Pakistan
territory although skepticism is high among Indian officials who say seeing is
India is to send 240 trucks to Afghanistan as part of enormous Indian aid
package that New Delhi has pledged Kabul. Seventy Afghan drivers have already
reached Amritsar for the purpose to cross over the Wagah border. This is the
first time since 2003 when Indian assistance to Afghanistan will be delivered
through land route, made possible through grant of transit rights by Pakistan.
In 2003, India granted 400 Leyland buses to carry passengers in Kabul and other
At that time, India requested Pakistan to grant transit rights for sending one
million tons of wheat worth $ 100 million as part of India’s humanitarian
assistance to the Afghan people. When Pakistan refused, India converted wheat
into flour and made high-protein biscuits from it. These biscuits were
eventually sent to Afghanistan by air.