Taliban considers Pakistan as ideal country for afghan students, affirms Taliban minister

Kabul: Afghanistan Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani on Sunday called Pakistan an ideal country for Afghan students who (Pakistan) will provide scholarships to the later. Meanwhile, the minister also cited co-education and economic crisis as a reason for closing universities.

“Pakistan is an ideal country for Afghan students who seek higher education as the country is cheaper and has similarities with the Afghan people,” said Haqqani.

The Taliban minister said they have to make separate classes for girls and hire extra lecturers that need more time and extra budget, reported Khaama Press.

“We discussed the problems of Afghan students and we were given assurance by Pakistani officials. Pakistan increased yearly scholarships for Afghan students by 500. Afghanistan will be provided 1,500 scholarships every year,” said Haqqani.

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Haqqani was on a visit to Pakistan recently discussed the problems of Afghan students with Islamabad officials and relevant administrations.

Meanwhile, Haqqani also said that no country will be allowed to grant scholarships directly to people and that the scholarships will be managed through the ministry of higher education, reported Khaama Press.

He had suggested building independent universities for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. It comes as public universities and high schools for girls are yet to be reopened.

The Taliban, after the siege, proposed a ban on coeducation. Group’s officials had also ordered that girls will no longer be allowed to sit in the same classes as boys in universities, Khaama Press reported.

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first published:Dec. 27, 2021, 10:20 p.m.

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