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National Youth Conference on “Youth, Democracy and Pakistan: Road to 2030”

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ISLAMABAD:(APS) August 10,2016-Youth of Pakistan has to participate in politics and to vote with their conscious at every opportunitythat comes in, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan. He was addressing the opening session of the National Youth Conference on “Youth, Democracy and Pakistan: Road to 2030”. He stressed the importance of tolerance and inclusivity for progress as a nation. He also mourned the loss of lives to global terrorism in Europe, Pakistan & elsewhere. Honorable Speaker implored audience to end child labour and to focus on education instead.

Ms. Anne Kofoed, First Secretary, European Union Delegation in Pakistan stressed that youth participation in political processes is required for bringing transparency in the political process. She praised the role of YPF to engage young minds in the legislation. Mr. Jacob Rogild Jakobsen, chargé d’affaires of Danish Embassy in Pakistan highlighted the need of inclusive community and said that support of Danish government and people is with Pakistan.

Executive Director PIPS, Mr. Zafar Ullah Khan appreciated the role of YPF and members of the Parliament approving themselves as the ambassadors of Democracy for the younger generation. He also affirmed full support of PIPS for the strengthening of forum and democracy in the fields of research, capacity building and legislative research support. PIPS will continue to   the bridge Parliament and people of Pakistan by organizing similar kind of events in future.

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Speaker National Assembly presented Shields and Certificate to the 10 Youth Championsto recognize their social services in the field of education, employment and sports. These young champs called the attention of legislators towards atrocities and Human Rights violations in Kashmir. They also highlighted the need of legislation for transgender community in Pakistan.

Secretary General of YPF Shaza Fatima Khawaja (MNA) said that youth must recognize the significance of democracy as a template for Pakistan’s progress. She was of the view that Youth’s dreams can be actualized if everyone play its constructive role in political process and YPF is one of the example to be followed.

Mr. Mohammed Qazilbash, Country Director of Oxfam in Pakistan, in his closing remarks thanked all the participants. He said, “It is imperative that the young people feel empowered in order to be able to influence the decisions that affect their lives while assuming their responsibilities as active citizens. He assured that Oxfam continues to place the highest priority on supporting young people, in particular young girls to become leaders and to ensure that their roles in society and the economy are properly valued and recognized.

The conference was organized by the Young Parliamentarians’ Forum (YPF), National Assembly of Pakistan to commemorate the International Youth Day and to launch the Annual Progress Report of the Forum, in collaboration with Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan (IP3) and Oxfam in Pakistan.

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