LAHORE - Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said on Sunday the recent visit of special envoy to UN Secretary General, Gordon Brown, to Pakistan would help achieve literacy targets set by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Talking to APP, he said that Gordon Brown, who is known best friend of Pakistan during his tenure in office of Prime Minister, United Kingdom had increased the annual financial aid for Pakistan from $40 million to $600 million, which he added reflects that Gordon always had soft corner for the people of Pakistan.

The Governor said that Gordon had appreciated the performance and commitment of the democratically elected government of Pakistan for achieving literacy targets besides doubling the education budget.

He said that special envoy was a man of commitment and would honour, whatever, he promised during his visit to Pakistan.

He said that with active participation and full support of special envoy, every child would be able to get admission in schools by 2015.

He said that more than half of the total population of the country was under 25 years of age which could be brought to mainstream by providing them quality eduction.  No nation can make progress without modern education, he added.

Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that Gordon’s assurance on behalf of intentional community would definitely yield positive impact on the promotion of quality education in Pakistan especially enhancing enrolment in schools.

He said the Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab attached great importance to education sector and promised to allocate more funds in next annual budget besides according top priority to vision 2025.

The Governor appreciated the key role of Gordon Brown in holding international conference on education in Pakistan.

Gordon Brown who has been his close friend over the last three decades would announce more funds for Pakistan, he added.