Scholarship holder Afghan students welcomed at Torkham

Nasib Shah Shinwari

Police and health officials at Pak-Afghan border Torkham have confirmed that some 263 Afghan students have crossed into Pakistan via Torkham border.

Sharing the details, Mussarat Hussain Shinwari, a police official at Torkham station said they warmly welcomed and received the Afghan students at zero point of Torkham.

“We have made all arrangements for these Afghan students to transport them to various quarantine centers in Landikotal and Peshawar”, the police official said.

Higher Education commission of Pakistan have granted admission to these Afghan students at higher education institutions of Pakistan through Allah Muhammad Iqbal Scholarship, official source said.

According to officials, 263 have entered via Torkham border, three of them were covid positive who have been returned back to Afghanistan. An official said adding that a total 553 students were expected to enter Paksitan today.

Dr.Naikdad Khan Afridi, the medical superintendent of district headquarter hospital of Landikotal told this scribe that they had made all preparations to accommodate these students at the quarantine center.

Official sources said that the majority of Afghan students have been shifted to Peshawar but some 10 students were quarantined at DHQ hospital of Landikotal.

Our health staff would provide health related facilities to them and food will be provided by the deputy commissioner of Khyber.

Official said. Local people and students union representatives have applauded the higher education commission of Paksitan which have granted Allah Muhammad Iqbal scholarship to Afghan students.

The representatives said that granting admission to Afghan students would earn a good name for Pakistan internationally and it would also cause best relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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