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    Construction work on Khost airport launched

    KHOST CITY (PAN): Construction work on a US-funded airport, a $2.5 million project, was launched in southeastern Khost province on Wednesday, officials said.

    The foundation stone of the airport was laid by Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi after a ceremony in a desert between Ismailkhel and Tanai districts.

    A number of officials, tribal elders, religious scholars and residents participated in the ceremony. Funds for the project were provided by the US and Afghan government, the governor said on.

    Boundary walls and security posts would be constructed with the available funds, Naeemi said, adding they would try to find more budgets for the airport.

    Provincial police chief, Sardar Muhammad Zazai, hoped the construction of the airport would have a positive impact on the law and order situation in Khost.

     A tribal elder from the Lakanai area, Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, said they had time and again requested the president, ministers and provincial officials for the construction of the airport. He was happy with the project.

    Professor of Economics at the Sheikh Zayed University Rahmanullah Rasa said the project would help traders and economic growth in the province.