Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said he would ensure rule of law in the country at all costs.

Addressing here a large number of young male and female students from Rahim Yar Khan, Lodhran and Bahawalpur, the Prime Minister said the public had entrusted him with their confidence and it was his responsibility being an elected representative to ensure rule of law. The Prime Minister regretted that in the past, the powerful used to get scot free from the clutches of law. “Those societies cannot progress that have a different criteria of justice for the powerful,” he said.

He said had the rule of law continued, Pakistan would have progressed in all spheres.

Nawaz Sharif said the Youth Business Scheme was the first step towards making the country self-reliant and proud.

The Prime Minister said the scheme had nothing to do with politics, but was in national interest.

He said the government initiated the Rs100 billion scheme despite numerous constraints. He said it was for the first time in country’s history that the youth had been empowered.

He dispelled the impression by some sections of society that it was not a workable scheme.

The Prime Minister who has been visiting various parts of the country to encourage the youth to join the ambitious scheme said it was designed to bring about a revolution in the country, encourage entrepreneurship and generate employment.

He said the scheme was designed to provide 50 per cent of loans to women so that they could play their due role in national development and progress.

Prime Minister Sharif said the politics of today was far different from that in the past and presently, there were numerous challenges that the country was facing.

He said the country confronted extremism and terrorism, loadshedding of electricity and gas, while unemployment and corruption were rampant. He attributed all these ills to the poor practices by the previous governments, however expressed the hope that his government was bravely confronting these and would bring about a major change in the days ahead.

The Prime Minister mentioned that there had been no scandal of corruption relating to his government in last six months.

The Prime Minister said the government has embarked on an ambitious programme to end loadshedding and mentioned that work on Diamir Bhasha, Bunji, Gadani would be undertaken at a fast pace.

He recalled that during his previous government the economy of the country was far better than what it was now. He mentioned that the Pakistani rupee was stronger than the Indian rupee and had the pace of development continued, Pakistan would have ranked much higher than India, with a stronger economy.

Sharif attributed it to the interruption in country’s democratic process.

The Prime Minister later interacted with the aspirants of the youth business loan and asked them about the areas in which they were interested to invest. Most of them wanted to setting up of boutiques, schools and livestock farming.