Islamabad, April 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan handed over the newly constructed Liaquat Ali Khan Engineering University at Balkh to Afghanistan, says a press release received from Kabul here today.
The handing ceremony was attended by the Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, Governor of Balkh, Atta Mohammad Noor, Higher Education Minister, Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, prominent educationists and notables of the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Sadiq said that the Engineering University was constructed by Pakistan at the cost of US$18 million which would tremendously contribute towards the educational development of Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan would continue to assist Afghanistan in the development of education and health infrastructure.
The Ambassador also highlighted the projects built by Pakistan in the health and education sectors in Afghanistan particularly the construction of Allama Iqbal Arts Faculty in University of Kabul, Jinnah Hospital in Kabul, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad, Jalalabad-Torkham Road and the provision of three thousand scholarships for the Afghan students.
Governor of Balkh Atta Mohammad Noor also spoke on the occasion and deeply thanked Pakistan for the construction of the university. Higher Education Minister, Dr. Obaidullah Obaid was also appreciative of Pakistan’s assistance in the execution of this mega project. Later, the Ambassador Sadiq handed the key of the University over to its Chancellor, Mokamal Alokozai.
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