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ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to steer the country out of worsening economic crisis, saying that he is ready to sacrifice his political capital and even life for the sake of Pakistan.

He made these remarks while addressing the launching ceremony of PM’s Youth Business and Agri-loans scheme in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The programme would provide opportunities to the youth to earn their livelihood through different business and agriculture initiatives.

Acknowledging that Pakistan is passing through difficult times, the premier also said the elite and wealthy segments of the society will also have to “give sacrifices for the country”.

“I have served thrice as chief minister of Punjab and now serving as an incumbent prime minister of the country, what legacy we will leave behind if these issues are not being addressed? It is clear that Pakistan is facing huge challenges, and if we have taken responsibility, we will make our last-ditch efforts to steer the country out of the difficulties,” he stressed.

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The prime minister said it was their collective responsibility as Pakistanis, politicians and Muslims to respond to the difficult situation, adding that he would not even desist from sacrificing his life for the country.

He said in this path, problems would spring up, but they would have to bear the pains.

The people at the helms of affairs, politicians and rich have to set an example, as it was unfair to burden the poor with price hike and let the rich and elite to enjoy on the country’s loans, he added.

Under the programme launched today, youth would be extended loans of up to Rs7.5 million on easy installments and soft interest rates. Up to Rs500,000 loan amount would be interest-free.

The prime minister, expressing his optimism, said that youth had the potential and talent and together, they would steer Pakistan out of the current crises.

He praised them as “the shining stars on the horizon of the country”.

The prime minister said the prime responsibility of addressing the country’s issues rested with the government.

The PM added they took reigns of the government under the most difficult times, but despite all these ordeals, their resolve grew stronger to make Pakistan stronger.



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