ISLAMABAD:(APS)August 12, 2015: Speaker National Assembly has said that youth possess all the capability and courage to contribute and catalyze the important changes in our political and democratic system, economic wellbeing and prosperity of the country. He said that youth of Pakistan was undeniably one of the most vibrant sources of innovation and creative force. The Speaker said this while addressing the inaugural session of Seminar “International Youth Day –Civic Engagement of Youth” organized by Young Parliamentarians Forum in Islamabad, this morning.
He said that he was pleased to note the presence of diverse stakeholders for dialogue on the Civic Engagement of Youth, which coincides with the international annual commemoration of the role of young women and men across the globe as essential partners for change. He lauded the efforts of Young Parliamentarians Forum for arranging the seminar for bringing to the limelight an issue of colossal importance since more than 60% of the population of Pakistan comprises of youth.
The Speaker stressed for political engagement of youth and providing them with the space in the political arena and investment in their principled leadership. He called for enabling the major chunk of our population to have a greater say over not only their own future but of the country as well. He stressed upon the young Parliamentarians to make role models by reaching out to the people at grassroots and by engaging in effective legislation and insightful parliamentary oversight.
He suggested that active youth leadership may be promoted in all facets of life by creating more formal and informal engagement of youth in the political, social and economic landscape for a resilient and vibrant democracy, sustainable economy and a well-informed tolerant society. As Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, he said that it has remained his constant endeavor to ensure a meaningful and sustainable Youth Engagement with the parliament.
Enlightening the audience about the Young Parliamentary Associates Internship Programme, the Speaker said that the programme has become the flagship project of our parliament, which has enabled more than 100 talented and highly qualified youth to use their knowledge and energies for the benefit of the Parliament in Committee work, Legislative business, Research Department and International Relations. He further said that in order to reach out and build the capacity of youth in understanding the importance of democracy and developing indigenous human resource pool, the first ever Parliamentary Degree Course has also been launched by the National Assembly in multiple universities of Pakistan. He said that visits of young students to the Parliament are also being encouraged for giving them opportunity to witness the National Assembly session, visit the building and interact with the Speaker and other parliamentarians to understand the role and importance of Parliament. While concluding, the Speaker said that discourse between the youth and the young parliamentarians will welcome any fresh ideas to expand such engagement.