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PM Imran decides to introduce national policy for youth


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday decided to introduce a national policy for the youth and appointed Usman Dar as his special adviser on youth affairs.

The premier met Dar, who is the current chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, and appointed him as his special assistant on youth affairs. Following the premier’s approval, the Cabinet Division issued a notification regarding Dar’s appointment.

Along with a national policy for the youth, PM Imran has also decided to launch the Naya Pakistan Youth Programme within a few days.

Dar, who has been tasked to prepare for the policy and programme, announced that he will not take salary as special adviser to the premier. “I will not become a burden on the national exchequer,” he said.

Further, Dar said, “We will spend money on the youth and not on laptops. I will work with the prime minister to empower youth to become independent.”

Also speaking on the occasion, the premier said, “Dar is the best choice to overlook the youth policy.”

Stating that he cannot forget the role that the youth played in his election campaign, the premier said, “If the youth did not support his, we may not have been in power today. We will provide the youth with facilities which have never been given before.”

Dar, who hails from Sialkot, was defeated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif during the 2018 general election.