Islamabad, September 22; The Youth Parliament Pakistan 2013 completed its tenure today with laying policies and reports from the Government, Opposition and Standing Committees in the House.
The final day of the fifth and last session started with a proposal from the Youth Government on 'National Security Policy' presented by Mr. Muhammad Kashif Khan Khichi (YP39-PUNJAB22), Youth Minister for Interior, Kashmir Affairs, GB and FATA. The Honourable Minister was of the view that the NSP should be transparent and non-negotiable. He further said it was Pakistan's own good to strengthen the NSP by taking all the stakeholders on board.
Ms. Momna Naeem (YP31-PUNJAB14), Youth Shadow Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, presented a report on the conditions of human rights in Pakistan, in accordance with the current situation of terrorism. She was of the view that the Government of Pakistan needs to strengthen its security and law departments to save precious lives from terrorism.
Mr. Hazrat Wali Kakar (YP02BALOCHISTAN01) presented a special report for Pak-Afghan Policy after 2014, in context for stability in the region. Mr. Kakar was of the view that both Pakistan and Afghanistan need to resolve their disputes through an undisturbed dialogue.
In the Standing Committee Reports, Mr. Rajesh Kumar Maharaj (YP61-SINDH03), Chairman Standing Committee on Law Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, and Mr. Umar Naeem (YP48-PUNJAB31), former Shadow Minister, presented a committee report on Sexual Harassment in Pakistan while Ms. Momna Naeem (YP31-PUNJAB14) presented a revised Broad Band Policy Report on the behalf of Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication. Mr. Usman Jilani (YP13-KP03), Chairman Standing Committee on Interior, presented a report on the status of Afghan refugees in Pakistan."
A resolution was presented by Ms. Momna Naeem (YP31-PUNJAB14) and Mr. Ejaz Sarwar (YP21-PUNJAB04) where they applauded the recent decision taken by Mr. Bashrul Assad to hand over the chemical weapons to the United Nations. They said such actions will bring regional and world peace.
The last and final sitting of the 2013 batch of Youth Parliament was followed by elections to the Youth Parliament Pakistan Alumni Association 2013. Mr. Hasham Malik (YP09-ICT01) was elected as the President of the YPP Alumni Association 2013, whereas Mr. Hazrat Wali Kakar (YP02-BALOCHISTAN01) has been elected as the Vice President Balochistan and AJK; Mr. Inam Ullah Marwat (YP14-KP04) has been elected as the Vice President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ICT & FATA; Mr. Asad Abdul Muhammad (YP50-SINDH02) has been elected as Vice President Sindh; and Ms. Hira Mumtaz (YP41-PUNJAB24) has been elected as the Vice President Punjab. The office of the General Secretary YPPAA 2013 has been filled by Mr. Arslan Ali (YP52-SINDH04) while Ms. Zaib Liaqat
(YP26-PUNJAB09) has been elected as the Finance Secretary.
Today marked the completion of the final session of the fifth batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan, a project conceived, planned and implemented by PILDAT since 2007. The first-ever batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan completed its first term successfully in 2007-2008 while the second batch completed its term in 2008-2009; the third batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan in 2009-2010, fourth batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan in 2012 and fifth batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan in 2013.
The Youth Parliament Pakistan (www.youthparliament.pk) has been serving as a platform for Pakistani Youth aged between 18-29 years. It is patterned after the National Assembly of Pakistan. Establishment and facilitation of the Youth Parliament is part of PILDAT's focus on Youth in the country and Youth's awareness education and training in the norms of politics and democracy in the country. PILDAT strongly feels that sustainable democracy and the sustainability of sound democratic institutions in Pakistan is not possible without youth's involvement in the democratic and political process even if this involvement is simply as a citizen or voter.