UAE funds US$38 million Wan-Angoor Ada highway in South Waziristan

Islamabad: The construction of US$38 million strategic highway between Wana and Angoor Ada, South Waziristan, will be funded by United Arab Emirates UAE through Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation, UAE Project to Assist Pakistan said.

The funding of 50 kilometre Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Wana Angoor Ada highway will be completed by beginning of next year 2013, Abdullah Al-Ghafli, Director UAE Project to Assist Pakistan UAE PAP said Saturday at ceremony here to mark first anniversary of UAE PAP at which agreement on construction of highway was signed by UAE PAP management and Pakistan authorities. Funding of vital highway was instructed by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The ceremony was attended by Director UAE PAP Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Major General Zahir Shah, Commander of GOC 45th Engineers Division of Pakistan Army, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Eissa Basha Al-Nuaimi, Zahid Ali Shah, Environment Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, senior officials, diplomats, Pakistan, international humanitarian organizations representatives.

Al-Nuaimi said new project reflects deep-rooted and long standing relations between UAE & Pakistan. He reiterated commitment of UAE’s leadership, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, to assisting reconstruction and development efforts in Pakistan.

“UAE’s leadership is following in footsteps of late founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan who laid foundations for strong bilateral relations between two courtiers. UAE PAP represents a landmark in relations with Pakistan and is among pioneering efforts launched in South Asia in response to UN Millennium Development Goals, UAE is now top donor of assistance to Pakistan,” he added.

In presentation on UAE efforts for Pakistan, Abdullah Al-Ghafli noted that UAE’s PAP, along with infrastructure development, is constructing 51 projects including 41 schools, 10 institutes and colleges. PAP is planning to build new model schools with a total cost of around US$ 26 million.

Major General Zahir Shah said with US$110 million in total value, UAE’s Project to Assist Pakistan is giving positive results in Pakistan’s targeted sectors education, water, transport, public health. He conveyed greetings for Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed from General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff.

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