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Focus on connectivity with Afghanistan: Pak envoy

Focus on connectivity with Afghanistan: Pak envoy

Sep 29, 2016 - 15:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Road and aerial connectivity with Afghanistaninfo-icon is being improved on a fast-track basis, Pakistaninfo-icon Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain said on Thursday.

Inaugurating the new office of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in Kabul, he said Pakistan has built a 75 km Torkham-Jalalabad roadand increased the number of Islamabad-Kabulflights.

The measures taken by the Pakistan government would improve regional connectivity and bring the peoples of the two countries closer, the diplomat hoped.

According to a statement from the Pakistan embassy, Hussain said Pakistan accorded great importance to its tie with Afghanistan as the neighbours had shared history, religion and culture.

“In view of these commonalities and brotherly relationship, Pakistan has built a number of projects for the social and economic development of Afghanistan,” the ambassador said.

He referred to Liaquat Ali Khan University in Balkh, Allama Iqbal Faculty in Kabul University, Sir Syed Post-Graduate Faculty of Sciences at Nangarhar University, Rehman Baba Hostel and School in Kabul, Nishtar Kidney Centre in Jalalabad, Jinnah Hospitaland Naib Aminullah Khan Hospital in Logar.

Hussain said promoting educational in Afghanistan was the main priority of Pakistan. “Pakistan has sent 3,000 Afghan students on fully-funded scholarships, who are currently studying in higher educationinfo-icon institutions.”

Afghan students would be granted an additional 2,000 scholarships in near future, promised the ambassador, who explained 7,000 Afghan students were currently studying in Pakistaniuniversities.

He reiterated his government’s commitment to promoting peace and soci0-economic prosperity of Afghanistan.




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