ISLAMABAD: Eminent social activist and development expert Shoaib Sultan Khan has urged the youth to take leadership roles in the rural support programmes to ensure the sustainable development of their communities. He was addressing a webinar on the rural support programmes organised by the Department of Sociology of the Quaid-i-Azam University here. The expert explained how this development concept works and how it makes the people of the community capable enough to take the step and bring change in society. “RSPs have changed the lives of 200 million people in the region,” he said. He said it was recommended to South Asian countries to make RSPs effective and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mobilise the community to get rid of deprivation. Shoaib Sultan highlighted the detailed projects of RSPs, which are on the pipeline for the welfare of communities. Dr Muhammad Zaman, chairman of the QAU Department of Sociology,moderated the webinar and thanked participants. He said it was the time for the sociology and social sciences community to bring value addition to the RSPs through theory, methodology, and social entrepreneurship and upgrade the basic work with new contributions.