Youth empowerment is key to ensure development, prosperity of Pakistan: PM

Youth empowerment is key to ensure development, prosperity of Pakistan: PM

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said the government was committed to empower youth of the country as empowering them was key to ensure development and prosperity of Pakistan.

Addressing a ceremony in connection with the distribution of laptops amongst the students of various universities in Islamabad, the premier said that the youth of the country were capable enough to transform the country’s fate as with their hard work and dedication, they could help Pakistan develop at faster pace leaving its neighboring country far behind in term of economic development and prosperity.

PM Shehbaz said this ceremony reminded him of the days when as chief minister of Punjab, he distributed hundreds of thousands laptops among the students on merit.

Recalling the time when he was the chief minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif said hundreds of thousands of laptops were distributed amongst the youth.

He said these laptops enabled the youth to acquire education online and become freelancers after the breakout of Covid-19.

The prime minister said that he as CM Punjab also provided scholarships to the talented youth under Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF), and the beneficiary of these programmes was now serving the country in various areas including health, IT and Engineering.

PM Shehbaz maintained that this had been his mission to provide every youth with a laptop machine to enable them to successfully move forward in their respective areas.

He said that apart from the 100,000 laptops approved for the previous financial year, he also get another 100,000 laptops approved for the current fiscal year.

The premier said that the laptop distribution process would totally be on merit and no influence will be accepted in this regard.

"For the youth from rural areas, the government had allocated Rs 5 billion to provide agriculture loans, while another Rs 5 billion had been allocated for the provision of skilled-based training to the youngsters," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Youth Affairs, Shaza Fatima Khawaja said Muslim League-N (PML-N) in its every tenure, had empowered the youth.

She said since 2011, one million laptops had been distributed among talented students while over Rs 100 billion loans had also been provided to the youth to empower them.

The SAPM said that the prime minister would distribute 100,000 laptops among the students in the days to come.

Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, SAPM on Interior Attaullah Tarrar, and Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmed were also present on the occasion.