Pakistan announces fresh pledge for Afghanistan at Brussels Conference

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 (APP): Pakistan on Wednesday announced fresh pledge of $500 million for economic development projects in Afghanistan.

Addressing the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, Adviser Sartaj Aziz, underlined importance of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, a message received here said.

He said the pledge was in addition to $500 million
existing package under which projects in infrastructure,
education and health were nearing completion.

Adviser Sartaj Aziz also announced that Pakistan has
provided 3000 scholarships to Afghan students for higher
education in Pakistan and after completion of this programme Pakistan would provide another 3000 scholarships in the fields of medicine, engineering, banking and other fields to help Afghanistan’s institution building.

The Brussels Conference is being held as a sequel to the
Tokyo Conference that took place in 2012 for affirming
international community’s engagement with Afghanistan through economic and financial assistance for Afghanistan.
Aziz emphasized that politically negotiated settlement
was the most viable option for bringing lasting peace to

He welcomed the peace deal signed between Afghan
government and Hizb i Islami assuring Pakistan’s continued
efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through
the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG).

He said our message to Taliban remained to shun violence
and to join the peace process.