FAISALABAD - Afghan Counsellor Naqibullah Ibrahimi on Saturday said Pakistan and Afghanistan are enjoying good relations on the basis of brotherhood, religion and culture and the ties would be further strengthened to fight the challenges.

He was addressing a function held by International Club to welcome foreign students at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He said that prosperity is directly linked to quality education as it plays a pivotal role in the uplift of a society. He urged the students to leave no stone unturned to quench their thirst of education that is the guarantee of bright future.

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad said Pakistan’s scholarship programme for Afghan students would help the countries strengthen their bilateral ties and derive benefit from each other’s experiences. He added that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the brotherly countries. He said no nation can progress without education. The university was taking all possible steps to provide the state-of-the-art facilities to the students, he claimed.

Terming the students an engine of development, he urged them to think out of box and come up with innovative ideas. He urged them to prepare themselves for leadership in every sphere of life.

Afghan first secretary, In-charge of Cultural Affairs Safar Amiri was also present on the occasion. Afghan second secretary, In-charge of Cultural Affairs Muhammad Shakir Qarar said that education is prerequisite for the socio-economic uplift of countries. He said that 7,000 Afghan students were enrolled in Pakistan to get education. He said the government of Afghanistan has placed education on top as the educated youth will move the nations to the new heights of progress. International Club President Hazratullah also spoke on the occasion.