SUNDAY TIMES ISLAMABAD: According to details, the understanding came during a meeting between Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfikar Bukhari and Iraqi President Barham Salih in the capital of Iraq.

The premier’s assistant apprised the Iraqi president that the South Asian giant, Pakistan, seeks to ratchet up its labor force in Iraq for the development activities in the Western Asia country.

Mr. Bukhari said “all economic sectors in Iraq have the potential to see extraordinary growth in future and Pakistan has ample supply of manpower that can prove to be crucial for the development works in the country.”

Last year in December, the PM’s special aide had said, “Qatar has promised 100,000 jobs for Pakistani workforce and the process has just started,”

He added that the government was committed to the goal of filling 100,000 job vacancies promised by Qatar for Pakistanis and it was in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of creating employment opportunities in and outside Pakistan.

“Pakistani skilled labour force will also be employed in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, they will also be utilized in other major ventures such as construction projects in Qatar,” he said.