KABUL- Pakistan would continue to assist Afghanistan in the development of education sector. These views were expressed by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain today while addressing a Certificate Distribution Ceremony held in the Pakistan Embassy. The Ambassador informed the participants that the Pakistan Embassy Vocational Institute had been offering short courses in English language and Computer to Afghan students free of charge for the last two and half years. He said that around 2,000 Afghan students had graduated from the Institute since 2011.
Shedding light on the role played made by Pakistan in the promotion of education in Afghanistan, the Ambassador highlighted the projects completed by Pakistan in the education sector including Liaquat Ali Khan Engineering University at Balkh, Rehman Baba Hostel, Kabul, Allama Iqbal Faculty of Humanities, Kabul University and Sir Syed Post Graduate Faculty of Sciences, Nangahar University, Jalalabad, besides offering 3000 fully funded scholarships to
Afghan students since 2009 under the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s Scholarship Scheme for Afghan students. He said these projects would tremendously contribute to the educational
advancement of Afghanistan.
Apart from the education sector, Pakistan has also undertaken projects such as Nishtar Kidney Centre, Jalalabad, 400-beds Jinnah Hospital, Kabul, and 200-beds Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital, Logar and Torkham-Jalalabad Dual Carriage Highway, the Ambassador added.
On Pak-Afghan relations, Syed Abrar Hussain laid the importance on the need of enhancing and strengthening the relations between the two brotherly nations as both shared the same religion, culture and history. He underlined the need for promoting the bilateral cooperation and working together to overcome the security and economic challenges.
The Governor of Kabul, Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, also addressed the participants and underscored the need for building strong ties for the mutual benefits of the two countries.
He appreciated Pakistan’s role in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan and thanked the Embassy for arranging various training courses at its Vocational Institute. He also expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for providing refuge to millions of Afghans. He expressed that this training would help them play an active role in the development of Afghanistan.
Later, the Ambassador and Governor awarded certificates to more than 300 Afghan students who had graduated from the Vocational Institute of the Embassy in English language and Computer courses. The ceremony was also attended by various Afghan Parliamentarians and notables.