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China promises $90m in aid to Badakhshan

China promises $90m in aid to Badakhshan

Sep 10, 2017 - 18:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): China has promised to spend more than $90 million on development projects in northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Sunday..

Governor Ahmad Faisal Bigzad, speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 16th death anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud here, said the security situation was under control in Badakhshan.

He accused Pakistaninfo-icon of sponsoring terrorism and said the ongoing violence in Afghanistaninfo-icon was the result of the neighbouring country's support to terrorist groups.

About foreign investment, he said the Chinese ambassador suring his recent visit to the province promised to spend $70 million on extending the fiber optic network from Kashgar to Badakhshan.

“Implementation of this project is a good message for the Badakhshan people that would strengthen commercial, cultural and social relations between Afghanistan and China, which will also donate $20 million for the construction of healthcare centers, school buildings and roads in rural areas and Wakhan, Ashkasham, Zibak and Sheghnan districts,” he said.

Bigzad said China also wanted to create a mountainous brigade unit of Afghan forces for the protection of the Badakhshan border. The security situation was good and development projects are under implementation, he added.

“National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) should identify and arrest those figures who want to disrupt Badakhshan security and take them to justice,” Bigzad said.

Ghulam Rabani, information technology director of Badakhshan, said: “The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has signed an agreement with China. Badakhshan would be connected with fiber optic network through Wakhan border with China under the agreement.”

He said that Badakhshan was connected with Kabul through Kunduz and Takhar provinces and the network from China would be also extended to the capital. Six of districts of the province are located on the fiber optic route, he concluded.



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