Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)
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Updated 08 August 2020

Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

  • More than 150 people were killed and over 5,000 others were injured when a string of blasts rocked Beirut on August 4
  • FM Qureshi assured his Lebanese counterpart that the government and people of Pakistan stood in strong solidarity with the people of Lebanon

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday sent medicines and food items to Lebanon after a string of deadly explosions ripped through Beirut earlier this week, killing more than 150 people and injuring over 5,000 others.




Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

According to an official statement released in Islamabad, the country’s foreign minister called his Lebanese counterpart and informed him about the relief assistance over the phone.
“Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation, informed his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wehbe, that 8 tons of relief assistance consisting of medicines and food supplies sent by the Government of Pakistan as a token of solidarity would be delivered in Beirut today,” said the official statement.




Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

It added that Qureshi also expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives, injuries to people, and extensive material damage caused by the explosions.
“The Foreign Minister underscored that, at this difficult time, Pakistan stood in strong support and solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people,” the statement said.




Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

Meanwhile, authorities in Lebanon received the relief package on Friday afternoon.
“The relief goods were handed over to Deputy Chief of Protocol Mr. Salem Al Achkar from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and General Elias Abi Karam, Commander of Lebanon’s Air Force by Najeeb Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, today at 1530 at Rafic Hariri International Airport,” Pakistan’s embassy in Beirut confirmed in a statement.


Twelve Afghan women die in Jalalabad stampede collecting tokens for Pakistani visas 

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Twelve Afghan women die in Jalalabad stampede collecting tokens for Pakistani visas 

  • Last month, Pakistan approved a new visa policy for Afghan citizens, including student, business and health visas
  • Pakistan’s consulates and embassy in Afghanistan were closed for seven months due to coronavirus but consular services resumed recently

KABUL: At least 12 elderly Afghan women were killed and more than a dozen men and women were injured in a stampede on Wednesday at a stadium where thousands had gathered to receive tokens for Pakistani visas, an official said. 

The stampede took place in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar near the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesperson for the governor of Nangahar. Many of those injured were women, he said. 

People had gathered at the stadium to collect tokens that would be used to apply for visas to Pakistan. 

“There were many thousands of people and due to the rush, this tragic incident happened,” the spokesperson added.

Pakistan’s consulates and embassy in Afghanistan were closed for over seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic but consular services resumed around ten days ago. 

Last month, Pakistan approved a new visa policy for Afghan citizens, including students and businessmen, as well as a new health visa.

“Cabinet has approved new Visa Policy for Afghan citizens,” prime minister Imran Khan’s special representative for Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, had said in a tweet. “Acquiring visas will be easy for Afghan visitors with multiple entry visit visas and long-term business, investment and student visas. A new category of health visa is also introduced which will be issued on border.”