Pakistan has launched the 3rd phase of the Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships Program for Afghan nationals, providing scholarship opportunities for 4,500 students from Afghanistan.
During a graduation ceremony for 281 Afghan students in Islamabad on Thursday, Pakistan’s Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Madad Ali Sindhi, made the announcement, encouraging Afghan graduates to assume increased responsibilities upon their return to Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan, in a statement, highlighted that these students have successfully graduated from 25 universities across Pakistan, achieving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in various fields such as Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Management, and Computer Science during the program’s second phase.
The statement also noted, “As many as 6,000 Afghan students have been awarded scholarships so far during the first two phases of the Scholarship Project.”
Pakistan’s Special Representative on Afghanistan, Asif Durrani, who also attended the ceremony, expressed hope that the returning graduates would effectively serve their nation and assume diverse responsibilities.
Durrani emphasized the significance of an educated society in facilitating societal development. He concluded by underscoring the symbiotic relationship between the two countries, emphasizing the cherished bond that exists between the two countries and the positive impact it will have on their shared future.