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Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says one hundred thousand youth will be given training in information technology this year. 

In an interview, he said Pakistan is in a better position to take off in this field and scholarships are being awarded to talented youth under the US-Pakistan Knowledge corridor.

He said this will also help produce well trained manpower for the country.

He said this year 35.5 billion rupees have been earmarked for higher education sector which will be increased to fifty billion rupees next year.

Replying to a question about China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Ahsan Iqbal said that projects under CPEC offer immense dividends for socio-economic development of Sindh and Balochistan as most of the energy and infrastructure projects within the ambit of CPEC are in Sindh and Balochistan.

He said construction of new roads in Quetta, Turbat, Panjgur and Sohrab will revamp the communication network of Balochistan.

The Minister said universities have been established in Turbat and Gwadar while efforts are underway for up gradation of Khuzdar Engineering University and setting up of university in Qila Saifulllah.

He said elements raising objections to CPEC are impeders of progress and development of the country.

The Minister said the CPEC is aimed at progress of the whole country and civil and military leadership of the country are working in perfect harmony for the completion of this monumental project.

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