Pakistan Sends Emergency Aid To Ukraine

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A woman reacts as she stands outside destroyed apartment blocks following shelling in the northwestern Obolon district of Kyiv on March 14, 2022. – Two people were killed on March 14, 2022, as various neighbourhoods of the Ukraine capital Kyiv came under shelling and missile attacks, city officials said, after the Russia’s military invaded the Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Aris Messinis / AFP) (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

BUCHAREST, Romania – Pakistan sent two C-130 planes of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine Tuesday night, according to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Speaking at Noor Khan Airbase in the Pakistani capital as the planes departed, Quereshi said the aid was sent at the request of the Ukrainian Embassy in Islamabad.

The aid includes tents, blankets, sleeping bags, generators, soap, hand wash, medicine and canned food.

Pakistan ‘wished for the situation to settle down through dialogue and diplomacy’, Qureshi said, adding the aid is being sent on the basis of Pakistan’s ‘long history of good relations with Ukraine’.

Pakistan has not condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine – abstaining from a vote of the UN General Assembly on March 2.

Pakistan’s United Nations ambassador Munir Akram said at the time the country was ‘deeply concerned’ by the war in Ukraine and ‘repeatedly stressed the need for de – escalation, renewed negotiations’.

The heads of various foreign missions in Pakistan – including the EU, the US, the UK, Norway and Japan – previously issued a joint letter urging Islamabad to condemn Russia’s invasion.


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