Friday November 03, 2006 (0627 PST)
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Pak specially focusing on education, literacy and vocational skills: Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that Pakistan is developing its social sectors especially focusing on education, literacy and vocational skills to its youth to leverage their full potential. The prime minister said that during his one-on-one meeting with Prince Karim Aga Khan who called on him at the PM's House Thursday.

The prime minister said that the government has initiated an ambitious country wide programme to impart skills training to the youth to meet the growing requirements to skilled labour.

He said there has been a phenomenal increase in the demand of the skilled manpower as the size of the economy has doubled during the last seven years.

The prime minister said that peace, moderation and interfaith harmony are essential for the wholesome growth and development of the Muslim Ummah.

The prime minister thanked the Aga Khan for the various humanitarian, education and business enterprises which he and his entities have undertaken in Pakistan.

He particularly appreciated the assistance provided by the Aga Khan Development Network for various social sector projects in Pakistan as well as the generous assistance for earthquake affectees.

The prime minister also appreciated the role of Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Hospital in improving healthcare and higher education in Pakistan as well as several other projects in many parts of the country. He particularly appreciated the contribution of Prince Karim Aga Khan towards the promotion of tourism in Pakistan particularly in the Northern Areas as this would create economic opportunities for the region.

The Aga Khan congratulated the prime minister for Pakistan's initiative to invest in education and health sectors. He said that economic achievements made by Pakistan are impressive and have proved the way for increased investment in the country.

He said the Aga Khan network in addition to providing micro-credit and other opportunities to the people to improve their standards of living.

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