Pakistan hands over 'state-of-the-art 'Jinnah Hospital in Kabul to Afghan authorities

Published April 20, 2019
The Pakistani government on Saturday officially handed over the 200-bed state-of-art Jinnah Hospital to Afghanistan, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office. — Photo provided by author
The Pakistani government on Saturday officially handed over the 200-bed state-of-art Jinnah Hospital to Afghanistan, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office. — Photo provided by author
The Pakistani government on Saturday officially handed over the 200-bed state-of-art Jinnah Hospital to Afghanistan, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office. — Photo provided by author
The Pakistani government on Saturday officially handed over the 200-bed state-of-art Jinnah Hospital to Afghanistan, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office. — Photo provided by author

The Government of Pakistan on Saturday officially handed over the Kabul-based Jinnah Hospital to Afghanistan, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office.

The FO said that Afghan Vice-President Sarwar Danish, Afghan Minister of Public Health Dr Ferozuddin Feroz and Pakistani Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan, jointly inaugurated the "200-bed state-of-the-art" hospital in a ceremony held in Kabul today.

Khan, the Pakistani representative, expressed hope that the Jinnah Hospital — completed at a cost of $24 million — would be a "substantial contribution" to the health sector of Afghanistan.

The minister, as per the press release, also conveyed Prime Minister Imran Khan's message that Pakistan would continue to take all possible measures for the welfare of the people of Afghanistan, adding that the premier wished to see a "stable, secure, peaceful, prosperous and sovereign Islamic Republic of Afghanistan".

Afghan minister Dr Feroz expressed his gratitude for the "generous gift" and appreciated "Pakistan’s immense assistance in the health sector," which also includes the Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad and the under-construction 100-bed Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital in Logar.

Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zahid Nasrullah Khan, said that the Jinnah Hospital was a "flagship project" of the nation's US$1 billion development assistance to Afghanistan, which according to the press release, was in "in pursuance of Pakistan’s policy objective of deepening and broadening people-to-people connections between the two countries".

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