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Pakistan spends $1 billion on Afghan reconstruction so far

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has already provided $1 billion for support reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan building hospitals, schools and roads to demonstrate their commitment for prosperous Afghanistan and fake the impression of using country as its proxy state.

From September 2021 over 14,945 tons of humanitarian aid was sent to Afghanistan via 694 trucks and four C130 aircraft as agreed of Pakistan-Afghan Cooperation Forum.

As a result of recent earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan open border in South Waziristan and set up a makeshift medical facility. Aid from Pakistan includes food, clothes, blankets, medicines, etc.

In 2019 Afghanistan second-Jinna’s largest hospital with 200-seat capacity opened in Kabul costing more over $24 million in of Pakistan’s contribution to reconstruction and development efforts.

Pakistan recently offered to provide online educational establishments for Afghan students such as Allama Iqbal Open University and Virtual University will educate students through their television networks.

In 2020 Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) announced about 3000 scholarships worth 1.5 billion rupees for Afghan students to study in various institutions of Pakistan in various areas, including medicine, engineering, agriculture, management and computer science.

Of its limited resources, Pakistan is providing US$500 million. for capacity building in various sectors, including education, health care, and building schools, hospitals, roads of Afghanistan.

Several completed projects under the Pakistan Bilateral Assistance Program include the 75 km Torkham-Jalalabad road, the Wayat-Torkham-Jalalabad supplementary roadway, three internal roads. in Jalalabad, traffic lights in jalalabad cityproviding of road construction equipment, 30 mobile hot mixers, generators and drugs for Wardak province and 200 trucks and 100 public transport buses.

Social projects of Pakistan to develop the educational sector of Afghanistan include the construction of Rehman Baba School and Dormitory, Kabul worth (Rs 120 million), Liaqat Ali Khan Faculty of Engineering Block, Balkh University, Allama Iqbal Faculty

of Arts, Kabul University (Rs 672 million), Sir Syed Graduate Faculty of Sciences, Nangarhar University (389.65 million rupees), six elementary schools and two vocational schools in Kabul and Baghlan.

In addition, 10 buses for Kabul and Nangarhar universities were also on condition in in addition to 300,000 school kits for 18 provinces, 2000 fully funded scholarships for higher education in Pakistan with 500,000 refugee students. in Pakistan, as well as training 644 Afghan police and drug enforcement officers, doctors and paramedics, diplomats, judiciary, customs officers, agronomists and bankers.

Pakistan’s contribution to the Afghan health sector includes the establishment of Nishtar Kidney Center, Jalalabad ($7M), 400-bed Jinnah Hospital, Kabul ($118.854M), Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital, Logar ($20M), 45 ambulances for 12 provinces, 14 total equipped mobile medical units, medicines for Kabul, Jalalabad and Kandahar, as well as active free eye camps.

One charitable Pakistani organization completed over 30,000 free eye surgeries on Afghan patients in only 2008.

general help for war-torn country included providing of TV transmitters for Kandahar, digital radio communication between Kabul and Peshawar, security equipment and computers, installation of 15 deep well hand pumps in villages of Kabul and rehabilitated the Kabul Zoo and Deh Mazang Park.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s stance, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “Our relief efforts are a modest testament to the fraternal ties that exist between the two countries. countries”.

Aside of SCO Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, promoting people to people exchanges and provision of humanitarian support.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are likely to agree on development of multimodal air from the road corridor, which will make a significant contribution to the economic development of both countries.

In addition, Pakistan and China plan to extend the CPEC to Afghanistan, demonstrating Pakistan’s strong commitment to a peaceful, stable, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.

In an effort to restore and rebuild Afghanistan, Pakistan have never acted as traditional donor country as seen from its four decades of hosting of three million Afghan refugees and assistance of The peace process in Afghanistan before the Taliban came to power in August 2021.

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