Remaining 4m textbooks reach Kabul

Pajhwok

Sep 18, 2012 - 18:40

KABUL (PAN): Containers carrying four million textbooks reached Kabul over the past three days after remaining stranded for a year in neighbouring Pakistan, an official said on Tuesday.

Education Ministry spokesman Amanullah Eman told Pajhwok Afghan News the long-awaited textbooks loaded on 77 containers reached the capital without being damaged.

The books were to be distributed to schools across the country at the start of the ongoing academic year, but the process was delayed after Pakistani authorities stopped the containers leaving the Karachi port.

Without giving specific dates, Eman said the books would be distributed to students in hot areas in the near future and in cold parts of the country next year.  

A total of seven million textbooks for secondary school students were published by the US military in the United Arabic Emirates (UAE).

Hundreds of Afghan containers with commercial goods have been stuck in Pakistan since a Nov. 26 NATO airstrike that hit two security posts in the Mohmand tribal region.