Peace in Pakistan would be possible if peace would be restored in Afghanistan, as, both the countries were closely connected through long frontier called Durand Line, said Vice Chancellor Dr Rasul Jan on the concluding ceremony of four-day workshop on Geo Science Information System for Natural Hazard Management on Friday.
Workshop was arranged by National Center of Excellence in Geology (NCEG) of UoP for sixteen geologists belonging to different educational institutes of Afghanistan namely of Kabul University, Earth Sciences Department of Kabul Polytechnic Institute, along with persons from Ministry of Education, Mines and Minerals Department of Afghanistan.
VC Rasul Jan said that both countries were rich with latent wealth but due to worst law and order and security situations those resources were untapped that otherwise could change fate of the people of the both countries. He said that training for Afghan geologists would play significant role for utilizing natural resources by own on effective way.
Director NCEG Dr Asif while addressing the concluding session said training Afghan geologists were part of signed projects among UoP and Universities of Leicester Prague and University of Kabul for strengthening environmental and earth sciences.
He added that such trainings would help improving basic skills about modern way of mining. Dr Asif said that it would generate jobs opportunities for the people that would help improving quality of life in Afghanistan. Dr Asif informed the participants that training focused on identification of precious natural-resource entrepreneurial activities such as small-medium scale mining and quarrying of gold, copper, gemstones.
An Afghan participant, Lutfullah Safi, who was also the serving Senior Advisor General to Education Ministry of Afghanistan said the only way they could defeat extremism was by educating youth on both sides of the Durand line. He added it was time to aside disputes and work together for the prosperity of the region.