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    Containers carrying Afghan textbooks cleared: Khar

    KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who attended the day-long international conference in Kabul, said on Thursday that Islamabad had ordered the release of containers carrying textbooks for Afghan students.

    The 77 containers carrying four million textbooks have been stuck in the neighbouring country since a November 2011 cross-border attack by NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border.

    Khar told reporters in Kabul the Pakistani government had allowed the containers to cross into Afghanistan after an investigation into the matter. She said the Afghan government had provided them with detailed information about the books.

    She said the books had been placed into NATO containers which would start crossing into Afghanistan in a week’s time.

    President Asif Ali Zardari, at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in China, said the containers were being released, keeping in view the centrality of education to Afghan children’s future.