Pakistan has approved a Rs11.2 billion ($63 million) education package for Afghan students and wants to create a university campus in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital.
The package “includes 3,000 scholarships, free training with stipends for 5,000 Afghan nationals, free training for 150 Afghan teachers, 100 nursing diploma scholarships, and the establishment of an AIOU (Allama Iqbal Open University) regional campus in Kabul to improve the education sector and skill development.”
During acting Afghan Higher Education Minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani’s first visit to Pakistan last month, the University of Management and Technology in Lahore also announced 100 scholarships for Afghan students and 10 PhD scholarships for teachers and researchers to support education in the war-torn country, the officer added.
Due to the economic catastrophe that erupted after the Taliban seized control of Kabul in mid-August, Prime Minister Imran Khan promised over $28 million in medical, food, and other humanitarian aid for Afghanistan in November.
Pakistan also sent a team of engineers and technicians to Afghanistan last week to install and commission new medical equipment valued at Rs 2 billion ($11 million) at Afghan hospitals.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi revealed last week that his country played a critical role in the safe evacuation of approximately 80,000 persons from 42 nations and nationalities from Kabul, including diplomats and UN officials.