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PAKISTAN INAUGURATES SECOND LANE OF TORKHAM-JALALABAD ROAD

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Pakistan inaugurated the construction of the additional carriage way of the Torkham-Jalalabad Road today. An inaugural ceremony was held in Jalalabad to kick start work on the second lane of the Torkham-Jalalabad Road. The ceremony was attended by a large number of people including parliamentarians, tribal notables and senior Afghan officials.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain, said that his country attached utmost importance to its ties with brotherly country, Afghanistan, and has actively been contributing to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. The Ambassador said that the construction of the road would not only improve regional connectivity but would tremendously facilitate the Afghan transit trade and travel of business community and the general public as well.  The Ambassador highlighted the projects built with Pakistan’s bilateral assistance for the socio-economic uplift of Afghanistan, particularly Allama Iqbal Arts Faculty in University of Kabul, Liaquat Ali Khan Engineering University in Bulkh, Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital, Logar 400-Bed Jinnah Hospital in Kabul, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad, and the provision of three thousand scholarships for the Afghan students. The ambassador stated that the relationship between the two brotherly countries were improving in all fields but, unfortunately certain elements were trying to undermine the efforts made by the leadership of two countries for enhancing the relationship.  He added that such forces would not be able to spoil the friendly relations between the two neighbours.
Earlier, Director General, Frontier Works Organization (FWO), Maj. General Muhammad Afzal, Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain, Acting Governor Nangarhar Muhammad Hanif Gardiwal and Deputy Minister Public Works, Mr. Noor Mengal jointly inaugurated the recommencement of the work on the road.  Speaking on the occasion, Maj. General Muhammad Afzal assured that all possible efforts would be made to complete the road well in time according to international standard which would cost almost Rs. 7 billion. Welcoming the Ambassador and Director General, FWO, the Acting Governor Nangarhar expressed optimism that the construction of the road would bring the two brotherly countries further closer. He deeply lauded the contribution made by Pakistan for the development of infrastructure, education and health sectors. He said that the people of Afghanistan were grateful to Pakistan which fulfilled their long standing demand by recommencing work on the road.