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Aga Khan assures of help in social sector

By Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD, Oct 15: Prince Karim Aga Khan on Sunday apprised President Rafiq Tarar of on-going projects in Pakistan and assured him that for the promotion of social sector, his full cooperation would continue.

The spiritual leader of Ismaili community extended this assurance at a meeting with President Tarar when the former called on him at Aiwan-i-Sadr. The Aga Khan is on a fortnight's visit of Pakistan.

The president said that for the promotion of social sector and welfare of the people, a durable peace in the region was necessary. Therefore, he said, Pakistan had offered meaningful and purposeful dialogue with India, but New Delhi's reaction had always been negative.

The president told Aga Khan that the government and the people of Pakistan appreciated his services in the social welfare sector.

The president said that the government, despite its limited resources, was making all possible efforts to bring about improvement in various social sectors, including education, health and environment, and in this regard the cooperation of the private sector was proving fruitful.

Pakistan believed in peace, goodwill and provided a guarantee for basic human rights, without any discrimination, the president said, adding that "minorities in Pakistan enjoy complete freedom under the Constitution and to provide them such freedom is our religious and moral responsibility".

The president said there were enormous opportunities for the promotion of tourism and the government was trying to give it a practical shape.