Maryam Nawaz appointed chairperson of PM's Youth Programme

Published: November 22, 2013
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Daughter of the current Prime Minister, Maryam Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ

Daughter of the current Prime Minister, Maryam Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz, daughter of prime minister Nawaz Sharif was appointed chairperson of Prime Minister’s Youth Programme on Friday.

The appointment, which is honorary, will not entitle Maryam to any kind of remuneration or fringe benefits.

As chairperson, she is expected to be charged with the responsibility of coordinating, managing, finalising and supervising implementation of the youth programme.

In a subsequent tweet she said that the aim of the programme was to create entrepreneurs.

The Youth Programme comprises of the following schemes: Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loans, Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Skills Development Scheme, Prime Minister’s Scheme for Provision of Laptops and Prime Minister’s Scheme for Reimbursement of Fee of Students from the Less Developed Areas.

Maryam has earlier held the position of chairperson at Sharif Trust, founded by her grandfather Muhammad Sharif, Sharif Medical City and Sharif Education Institutes.

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  • Unknown
    Nov 22, 2013 - 9:33PM

    and what qualifies her to hold this position? When will Pakistan look for merit based system?

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Nov 22, 2013 - 9:45PM

    Good step!
    Very rare in Pakistan to see an appointment without any kind of remuneration or fringe benefits. While a bunch of pseudo-intellectual haters will continue to criticize, we need such people who work selflessly for the Country.

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  • Asif
    Nov 22, 2013 - 10:16PM

    ohh wat, no pay??? I guess she’ll have to help herself with the loans, fees & laptops that she is in charge of :)

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  • Tariq Jahangir
    Nov 22, 2013 - 10:22PM

    There are a ton of serial Pakistani entrepreneurs both in Pakistan and here in SF who could have ensured initiative’s success. Without proper mentor-ship and due diligence giving out loans to newbies can be disastrous and will only push their families into a vicious financial crisis. I wonder when one of those qualified and deserving people will be ‘handpicked’ for the honorary position. Many of my acquaintances who are VC’s, entrepreneurs or consultants will love to get involved, and that too without remuneration. But alas..

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  • Mumtaz Ali Mangi
    Nov 22, 2013 - 10:34PM

    In coming days Begum Kulsoom Nawaz will be the chairperson of PML N ladies wing….This is an article of Abaa Jre of Raiwind

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  • rizwan
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:29PM

    Its all in the family.

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  • Nov 23, 2013 - 12:43AM

    This is a good initiative to engage the youth in some productive economic activity. At Peshawar we held the second international Workshop on Dairy Science Park which came up with recommendations that the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may be engaged in livestock production, value addition and marketing activities as a source of self employment, leading to production of clean food for local consumption as well as export. The conference generated a soft image of the region and recommended that the terrorism may be controlled through stimulating economic and productive developing activities, rather than hitting it with drones, which creates a sense of revenge among the people and lead to further destruction.

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  • Nov 23, 2013 - 12:54AM

    In pursuance to the dairy science park, a presentation was made by Prof Dr M Subhan Qureshi, Dean Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar before the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries highlighting the livestock resources of the province in the northern and southern mountainous and arid areas and the central valley, making it suitable for production and value addition of meat. It was reported that the province possesses the required manpower and livestock resources, however these need to be developed into appropriate SMEs and to be supported with chilling, storage and transportation facilities with a cold chain up to consumers’ plate. It may lead to export of meat worth US$ one billion to the international Halal meat market. Availability of Halal meat with the logo of Peshawar will definitely provide satisfaction to the Muslim consumers in the non Muslim world and will bring economic prosperity to the region.

    The President of the KPCCI announced establishment of the Livestock Standing Committee and a business desk at the Chamber for facilitating the development of livestock based enterprises and utilization of the Prime Minister’s Youth Program. .

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  • concerned
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:04AM

    When will we stop playing politics, more distractions for the public. deal with the law and order situation stop trying to fool the public please. we are not all idiots

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  • Ashraf Javed Khattak
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:29PM

    i my self really apporiate the current youth schame. this will help those graduate which are in trobal and trying their level for job.. but they cannot find .

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  • abdur Razzaq
    Nov 24, 2013 - 5:01PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    It is a revolutionary step to motivate the youth by PM and the Federal Government. The critics can keep on their dark glasses and see evrery thing black with half glass empty. However, with proper planning, disciplined organization, meticulous implementation by competent honest and dedicated people alongwith constant monitoring and timely corrective measures, inshaAllah it will be successful scheme. It will have multiplier effects and antccelerate economic developme

    There were huge numbers of critics of Motorway. But PM at the t time was adamant to have a 6 lane motorway built on international standard. Now the users and patrolling teams of Motorway are happy to save 25 % time and tiresome

    Also please try to see the “niyyat” If it is pure, selfless and to develop the country and for welfare of people, it is going to inshaAllah succeed

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  • Atif I. Malik
    Nov 24, 2013 - 7:33PM

    Nepotism again reflected in appointment of Chairperson of PM’s Youth Programme. Is Prog funded by N family or taxpayers?

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  • Junaid Iqbal
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:17PM

    In the last 20 years of Politics what team has been introduced by PMLN…Merit huh !!
    Wonder people still have high hopes from The Family !!Recommend

  • Faisal alam
    Nov 26, 2013 - 9:20PM

    Go Mary…….you are too cute and need to be on our daily media feed….keep that cute smile on :) they are all incompetent, you are at least cute……

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  • junaid
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:30PM

    it is a good initiative but majority of students have no information about it so i request to concerned authorities to more publiscity of it so that every youngster knows about itRecommend

  • jehangir khan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:20PM

    it is requested that in pakistan most of the students cannot afford the fees of the univeristies so please make sure that all the program should reach to the person who really deserve it.and make it free form political interfernce..most of the people have approches and they do illegal work and take the right of other person.i belong to a very poor disst of kpk please give some attention to our area there are alot problems for the grils edcuation…jehangir from disst dir upper..

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  • jehangir khan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:20PM

    it is requested that in pakistan most of the students cannot afford the fees of the univeristies so please make sure that all the program should reach to the person who really deserve it.and make it free form political interfernce..most of the people have approches and they do illegal work and take the right of other person.i belong to a very poor disst of kpk please give some attention to our area there are alot problems for the grils edcuation…jehangir from disst dir upper..

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  • jehangir khan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:20PM

    it is requested that in pakistan most of the students cannot afford the fees of the univeristies so please make sure that all the program should reach to the person who really deserve it.and make it free form political interfernce..most of the people have approches and they do illegal work and take the right of other person.i belong to a very poor disst of kpk please give some attention to our area there are alot problems for the grils edcuation…jehangir from disst dir upper..

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  • Anil
    Dec 5, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Lets hope she develops good relations with India on being further active in politics unlike Hina Rabbani who ate away her words
    but her (Marium’s) work as of now should get appreciation.

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  • khurram chughtai
    Dec 6, 2013 - 8:54PM

    aslamoa likum !
    respected Ma’am ,

    hope so every thing would be rite there , first i appreciate your youth program, this is a unique plan .
    it is stated that i belongs to wah cantt , i m doing MBA ,wana establish my own business ,further on i m quite interesting in loan scheme ,but in Wah Cantt .national bank branch is just saying that loan is not provided to them ,they also not accepting loan applications ,
    kindly take notice ,Recommend

  • zinnaira
    Dec 7, 2013 - 8:53PM

    what is the reason that laptop will not distributed to private universities students. you know that karachi is facing many problems ,bomb blost and much problems in getting admission in government universities….Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 7, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Nawaz Sharif is the Charles Sobhraj of Pakistan. These loans are only for the PMLN jiyalas from Lahore as was with the Laptop Scheme. How many students from Rajan Pur, and Rahim Yar Khan got the Laptop.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 7, 2013 - 9:00PM

    One word… Mafioso!Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 7, 2013 - 11:35PM

    What a disgraceful act, using his beautiful daughter to attract youth? What qualifies her to hold such posts? She better replaced Babra Sharif and be sent to Saudi Arabian Kings and Princes. Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 7, 2013 - 11:56PM

    Maximum utilization of all available resources. Sharifs using Maryam to attract youth, whereas Maryam Sharif should have replaced Babra Sharif.Recommend

  • confused
    Dec 8, 2013 - 12:17AM

    The new Farzana Raja?

    p.s. hoping this scheme can also help youth of Karachi/Hyderabad and not just Lahore/Faisalabad

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  • Ali
    Dec 8, 2013 - 12:37AM

    Now its time to change the country name to “Noonistan”.

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  • Rizwan ali
    Dec 8, 2013 - 11:03AM

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    It is a revolutionary step to motivate the youth by PM and the Federal Government. The critics can keep on their dark glasses and see evrery thing black with half glass empty. However, with proper planning, disciplined organization, meticulous implementation by competent honest and dedicated people alongwith constant monitoring and timely corrective measures, inshaAllah it will be successful scheme. It will have multiplier effects and antccelerate economic developme

    There were huge numbers of critics of Motorway. But PM at the t time was adamant to have a 6 lane motorway built on international standard. Now the users and patrolling teams of Motorway are happy to save 25 % time and tiresome

    Also please try to see the “niyyat” If it is pure, selfless and to develop the country and for welfare of people, it is going to inshaAllah succeedRecommend

  • SK
    Dec 8, 2013 - 12:07PM

    Appointed using what criteria , merit or royal hereditary. I am confused.

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  • Iqbal Hussain
    Dec 10, 2013 - 12:44PM

    I highly appriciated this programme for youth loan. who having a right for this opportunity please giving those having a deserving for this opportunityRecommend

  • Dec 11, 2013 - 9:42PM

    plz chance meRecommend

  • Abbasid
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:47PM

    Does being the daughter of Prime minister qualify her for this position? Nothing can change here. Absolutely nothing.Recommend

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