Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain on Sunday called for closer cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad in meeting common security and economic challenges.
Pakistan wanted to see a prosperous, peaceful and stable Afghanistan that was in the interest the entire region, he said, adding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had increased development funds for the neighbour from $385 to $500 million.
Addressing a Pakistan Day function here, the ambassador said the funds were being used for various projects in education, health and infrastructure and included construction of roads, hospitals, schools, etc.
A statement from the embassy quoted Hussain as saying the number of scholarships for the Afghan students had been jacked up from 2000 to 3000. In order to improve road connectivity with Afghanistan, Pakistan is working on Peshawar-Jalalabad Motorway, Chaman-Kandahar and Peshawar-Jalalabad railway link.
The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran followed by the national anthem and hoisting of the Pakistan flag by the ambassador. A large number of Pakistanis including engineers, doctors, senior executives, businessmen and academicians were in attendance.
Hussain highlighted the immense sacrifices rendered in pursuit of the struggle for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent. He said the Pakistan Resolution had paved the way for an independent country.