ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said the first 12 months of the PTI government were very tough as they were given a bankrupt country and weak institutions but assured the people that a good time was in the offing.
'One should not be afraid of tough time as it comes for your improvement and we must learn from it, adding he has no doubt that Pakistan will emerge as a great nation but for it we will have to change and bring truthfulness in ourselves,' he said while speaking to the jubilant youth at launch of Prime Minister's Kamyab Jawan National Youth Development Programme at the jam packed Jinnah Convention Centre.
The prime minister said progress of a society was not possible without merit, adding those nations in the world move forward that follow the rule of merit.
He said unfortunately today the country was confronted with a number of problems as no efforts were made in the past to promote merit and discourage corruption.
The prime minister reiterated his government's resolve to promote merit and prevent corruption.
He said the youth were the future of Pakistan and the country's destiny depended on them.
He urged the youth to keep their thoughts high as a great man always emerged from his high thoughts.
The prime minister urged the youth to read about the life of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as he was a role model for the entire world.
He said as a result of establishment of the state of Madinah by Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), the Muslims ruled the world for over a thousand years.
He said meritocracy and uprightness were hallmarks of the state of Madinah which helped it succeed.
The prime minister said the main reason for demise of the Muslims in the world was the adoption of monarchy and not giving democratic rights to their society.
He said the Mughal Empire went to decline as they did not follow the rule of merit.
'The time has come to change our mentality to become a self-reliant and self-esteemed nation and for this we will need to develop a culture of paying taxes to make the economy working,' he said.
He said under the PTI's flagship Prime Minister's Kamyab Jawan National Youth Development Programme, Rs100 billion loans would be given to the youth for setting up businesses, adding that out of this amount Rs 25 billion had been allocated for the women.
He said interest free loans up to Rs100,000 would be given to weak segments of the society purely on merit while loans from...