Striving for Saudi-Iran friendly ties, says PM

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday reiterated that contrary to the past, Pakistan would never become part of anyone’s war and rather would play a role for promoting peace among countries. “We will fully strive for the establishment of friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran,” he said while addressing the launching ceremony of Rs 30 billion `Hunarmand Pakistan’ programme here. The prime minister said he had also offered US President Donald Trump that Pakistan was ready to play a role in promoting friendly relations between the United States and Iran. “No one wins the war, and the one that wins, also loses,” Imran Khan remarked, adding Pakistan had paid a high price in the war against terrorism. He vowed to transform Pakistan into a model and peaceful country that would play a lead role in promoting peace among states. The prime minister described the youth as the “biggest asset” of the country, saying the Pakistanis were the 2nd youngest population and its skilled youth alone could change the destiny of the country and the nation. He said the present government was hugely investing in the country’s human resource, particularly the youth, which were neglected in the past through various education systems based on discrimination between the rich and the poor. The prime minister said under the “Hunarmand Pakistan” programme, 500,000 youth would be equipped with the skills of modern technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Robotics etc. during the next four years, which had had brought about a technical revolution in the world. In the first phase, the government had allocated Rs 10 billion for the training of 170,000 youth, he added. Imran Khan said that under the prgramme 500 technical training centers would be opened across the country, and 70 of them in

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