Pakistan hands over 10 ambulances to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Jun 7, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Pakistani government Tuesday handed over 10 well-equipped ambulances to the Afghanistan government, an official handout said.

Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Foreign Office Deputy Chief of Protocol, presented the keys of ambulances to the Afghan Consul General Haji Abdul Khaliq in a simple ceremony held near Hayatabad check post on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, about 50 kilometers north of Peshawar, provincial capital of North West Frontier province.

Pakistan has announced the provision of 45 ambulances to Afghanistan, of which 23 were delivered earlier. With the handing over of 10 more ambulances, Afghanistan has received 33 vehicles so far.

The remaining 12 ambulances would be delivered in due course of time.

Speaking on the occasion, Ali highlighted Pakistan's contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He said that 50, 000 food packets were being provided to Afghanistan besides 9,600 tents.

Afghan Consul General Khaliq in his speech appreciated Pakistan 's assistance in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan had been completely devastated as a result of decades long Soviet occupation and operation against international terrorism after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

He said Afghanistan had greater expectations from Pakistan and hoped that its support for reconstruction work would continue.