PESHAWAR: Pakistan Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan has inaugurated a 200-bed hospital, Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, in Kabul as a gift for the people of Afghanistan on Saturday.

The hospital is constructed by Pakistan in Kabul City at the cost of 24 million US Dollars with the aim to provide best health care facilities to the people of Afghanistan who are affected by decades-long wars in their country.

Afghan Minister of Public Health Dr Ferozuddin Feroz was also present on this occasion while Afghanistan vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish participated as the Chief Guest.

While addressing the gathering, Ali Muhammad Khan expressed that Jinnah Hospital would be a substantial contribution to the health sector of Afghanistan. The minister added that it conveys the message of the Prime Minister Imran Khan that Pakistan will continue to take all possible measures for the welfare of the people of Afghanistan.

Ali Muhammad Khan reiterated that the people of Pakistan wished to see a stable, secure, peaceful, prosperous and the sovereign Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Background

The contract for the construction of Jinnah hospital was signed in March 2007 under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme. The project was approved by the Planning Commission at a cost of $18 million and was completed at the cost of $24 million. The hospital’s foundation stone was laid on 10 October 2007.

Jinnah Hospital’s designed and construction services were undertaken by NESPAK and the National Logistics Cell on around 25 acres of land provided by the government of Afghanistan in Kabul.

Dr Ferozuddin Feroz expressed his deep thanks for this generous gift of Jinnah Hospital by the government of Pakistan and appreciated Pakistan’s immense assistance in the health sector which also included under construction 100-bed Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital, Logar costing US$ 19 million and other completed projects including Nishtar Kidney Center, Jalalabad.