Trial Areas (Pakistan): The UAE-Pakistani Friendship Road, funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development at a cost of $60.6 million (Dh222 million), has been inaugurated in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.
The move follows the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and follow up by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to provide humanitarian and development aid to Pakistan.
The UAE-Pakistani Friendship Road, with a length of 72 km and width of nine metres, is one of the biggest development projects in the tribal region, and links south and north of Waziristan regions. The project was opened by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army, in the presence of Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (PAP), members of the project, senior Pakistani army officers, senior local government officials of the tribal areas, and tribal dignitaries. During the inauguration ceremony, the audience thanked the UAE President for his kind gesture. General Sharif extended his thanks to Shaikh Khalifa for continuous support, citing the UAE-Pakistani Friendship Road, deemed one of the development projects in Pakistan. He delivered the message of gratitude on the behalf of inhabitants of the tribal areas to the UAE leadership… see more