SWABI: Former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday said more than 100 million people of the country’s population are under the age of 25, indicating Pakistan has enough potential for progress. Youth are the building blocks of a country and the stronger they are the more developed a nation would be, added Chaudhry while addressing a session titled ‘Youth Symposium’ at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. Presently, over 32% of the country’s youth is illiterate whereas 9.5% is unemployed and only 6% equipped with technical skills, he said. He told participants the Constitution of Pakistan allows citizens their due right to education. Article 25(a) of the Constitution, he added, says the state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children between five to sixteen years of age in such manner as may be determined by the law.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2015.
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