PESHAWAR: A ceremony was organised in Islamabad on Wednesday to distribute gifts among Afghan students residing in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Afghan Chargé d’Affaires Rahimullah and Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing attended the ceremony.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his address that the Pakistan government will take all possible measures to provide education to the Afghan students. He said over 6,000 Afghan students are currently studying in various institutions of Pakistan. He said over 50, 000 Afghan students have studied in Pakistani institutions and now they are serving in their own country and contributing in capacity building of Afghanistan. The minister said Afghan children are as important as Pakistani students.

Shah Mehmood said Pakistan has always been supportive of any initiative to achieve peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan is also victim of terrorism and it understands the pain of Afghans. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan have joint future.

The minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan are linked in historic, cultural and religious ties. He said China is also playing a proactive role for peace, stability, and development of Afghanistan.

Shah Mehmood said provincial election in the tribal districts will be held soon and these areas are being brought to the national mainstream.

The Chinese ambassador in his address said China will continue to work for peace and development in Afghanistan.

He said being neighbours, it is the responsibility of China to work for peace in Afghanistan. He said China will provide every cooperation to achieve durable peace in Afghanistan.