Pakistan envoy inaugurates 2nd lane of Torkham-Jalalabad Road
An inaugural ceremony was held in Jalalabad to kick-start work on the second lane of the Torkham-Jalalabad Road, a statement released by the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul said.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of people including parliamentarians, tribal notables and senior Afghan officials.
Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain, said his country attached utmost importance to its ties with brotherly country, Afghanistan, and has actively been contributing to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.
He said the construction of the road would not only improve regional connectivity but would tremendously facilitate the Afghan transit trade and travel of business community and the general public as well.
The Ambassador highlighted the projects built with Pakistan’s bilateral assistance for the socio-economic uplift of Afghanistan, particularly Allama Iqbal Arts Faculty in University of Kabul, Liaquat Ali Khan Engineering University in Bulkh, Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital, Logar 400-Bed Jinnah Hospital in Kabul, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad, and the provision of three thousand scholarships for the Afghan students.
The ambassador noted relationship between the two countries was improving in all fields but, unfortunately certain elements were trying to undermine the efforts made by the leadership of two countries for enhancing the relationship.
He added that such forces would not be able to spoil the friendly relations between the two neighbours.
Earlier, Director General, Frontier Works Organization (FWO), Maj. Gen. Muhammad Afzal, Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain, Acting Governor Nangarhar Muhammad Hanif Gardiwal and Deputy Minister Public Works, Noor Mengal jointly inaugurated the recommencement of the work on the road.
Speaking on the occasion, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Afzal assured that all possible efforts would be made to complete the road well in time according to international standard which would cost almost Rs. 7 billion.
Welcoming the Ambassador and Director General, FWO, the Acting Governor Nangarhar expressed optimism that the construction of the road would bring the two brotherly countries further closer.
He lauded the contribution made by Pakistan for the development of infrastructure, education and health sectors. He said people of Afghanistan were grateful to Pakistan which fulfilled their long standing demand by recommencing work on the road.
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