Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a ceremony held here at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday distributed books, school bags, stationary and items of winter clothing among 200 Afghan refugee children.

Addressing the ceremony, the FM Qureshi highlighted the generous hospitality extended by the people of Pakistan to their Afghan brothers and sisters during the last four decades.

“At any given point during these years, on average over three million Afghans have been living in Pakistan,” he said. He stated that Pakistan had ensured education facilities to the Afghan refugees on par with its own citizens and will continue to invest in the education of the refugee children as it is the real investment for a prosperous future of Afghanistan.

He also underscored the importance of trilateral cooperation between Pakistan-China-Afghanistan for peace in Afghanistan and the region, deepening connectivity, mutual development and economic prosperity.