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PM orders strategy for youth to get equitable job access

Shahbaz Sharif says country’s development links with youth

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday directed the relevant authorities to prepare a comprehensive strategy with respect to provision of employment opportunities to the youth of the country on equal basis.

Calling the youth as the assets of Pakistan, the prime minister said the country’s development was linked with their welfare and progress.

Chairing a meeting regarding Prime Minister’s Youth Programme at the PM House, he said, with their immense talent, the youth could change the fate of the country if they were provided with the required resources.

The prime minister was of the view that provision of employment opportunities to the youth was the government’s top priority.

He said all the training programmes at National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NVTTC) should be focused on creating job opportunities for the students.

He directed to conduct a detailed survey of job market and then accordingly start the skill training programmes.

During the meeting, it was informed that under PM Laptop Scheme, some 600,000 laptops had so far been delivered to the students.

Under this scheme, the government would provide additional 100,000 laptops during current year.

The meeting was informed that 64% students who got training under the Youth Skills Development Programme managed to get respectable jobs during previous three years.

It was told that the government funded 100 startups under its PM National Innovation Award who were being placed in designated incubation centers across the country.

Similarly, the prime minister was informed that 10 international standard sports academies and a biomechanical laboratory would start functioning this year under PM Youth Sports League.

Likewise, under the Prime Minister Green Youth Program, 268 universities across the country would be targeted for training youth on climate change prevention and eco-innovation.

“Preparation of National Youth Employment Policy 2024 is in final stages,” the meeting was told. The focus of the policy would be to create decent employment opportunities for the youth and increase the proportion of women in the workforce.

Similarly, it was told that PM Digital Hub was also being prepared which would be a one-window operation dashboard.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Ahad Khan Cheema, Information Minister Attaullah Tarar, Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecom Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Chairman PM Youth Programme Rana Mashhood, Coordinator to PM Rana Ihsan Afzal and other relevant high officials.

 

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Apex Committee excepts demands of Bannu Peace Jirga

Meeting clarifies that that no military operation is currently ongoing in the province 

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Peshawar: The Apex Committee of KPK on Thursday agreed on most of the demands of the Bannu Peace Jirga during a meeting chaired Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur .

Participants included the Peshawar Corps Commander, Chief Secretary, IG Police, and members of the Bannu Jirga.

A joint statement was released condemning terrorists and ordering action against them. The Chief Minister instructed the police to arrest any armed non-governmental persons involved.

The police were directed to take action against the offices of armed groups without discrimination. It was clarified that no military operation is currently ongoing in the province; actions against terrorists will be taken by the police and CTD.

In areas near the border where police cannot act, the army will assist. Police were instructed to ensure constant patrolling.

Additional support will be provided to the entire province, especially the southern districts, using existing personnel and vehicles. New positions will prioritize southern districts, and the CTD will take action in suspicious areas and madrassas.

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Court Acquits Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Azadi March violence case

The judicial magistrate approved the acquittal request

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A local court on Tuesday acquitted former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Raja Khuram Nawaz in the Azadi March violence case.

Judicial Magistrate Raja Farrukh Khan announced the verdict in the case in which two workers were also acquitted. The judicial magistrate approved the acquittal request, stating that Section 109 of the Penal Code applies only when a crime has been committed. “Without participation in a crime, Section 109 cannot be proven.”

Lawyers Ali Bukhari and Sardar Masroof represented Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Raja Khuram Nawaz, respectively.
A court order has been issued acquitting PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other accused in the May 9 case.

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