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Pakistan will continue to support Afghan students, says envoy

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KABUL: Ambassador of Pakistan on Saturday invited a group of Afghans who have graduated from Pakistan and are working in Afghanistan currently in various public and private sectors.

At this occasion, Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan will continue its contribution in supporting Afghans in the field of education and professional training. He added thousands of Afghans who graduate from Pakistan every year are working  in public and private sectors of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Khan stated that Pakistan’s Allama Iqbal scholarship scheme for Afghan students is the largest scholarship scheme available for Afghan students anywhere in the world. Since 2010, under this scheme 1,000 Afghan students, both boys and girls, are sent annually to leading Pakistani universities and colleges in areas such as medicine, engineering, business studies, IT, banking and many other professional fields. Scholarships also cover Masters and PhD studies in selected areas.

Ambassador of Pakistan emphasized that in the current situation when Afghanistan faced economic difficulties and challenges of self-reliance, opportunities for Afghans to receive higher education in Pakistan would make a constructive contribution in the efforts for overcoming these challenges.

Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan underlined the importance of international community’s cooperation for strengthening higher education opportunities in Afghanistan through building of universities, professional colleges and training institutions for economic development and progress of the country.

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