KARACHI: The Sindh education department appointed Faiz Mohammad Khoso, a former diplomat, as a consultant for introducing a Mandarin language programme in public schools in the province. The programme, expected to cost Rs603 million, will likely be implemented from May 2012. Khoso has served in various capacities in the ministry of foreign affairs, Islamabad, and spent more than five years in the Pakistan embassy in China. Khoso has also been Pakistan’s envoy to Azerbaijan, Tunisia and Norway. Zafar Ahmed Lahbar, spokesman for the provincial education department, said that the project’s objective is to provide basic knowledge of Mandarin to students. “This will enable our youth to pursue business, economic and cultural relations with the current economic giant of the world.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2012.