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Youth Parliament Pakistan undertakes Study Visit to United Kingdom

Islamabad, July 02: A delegation of the Youth Parliament Pakistan is due to visit United Kingdom from July 04 - 09, 2010 as part of a Youth Study Visit facilitated by PILDAT. A 11 member delegation of the Youth Parliament Pakistan, a project conceived, planned and implemented by PILDAT in Pakistan since 2007, will be interacting with the UK Youth Parliament, understanding the workings of the House of Commons, UK, holding interactions with young office bearers of youth wings of UK’s leading political parties and engaging in a dialogue with British youth, especially the Pakistani diaspora on issues of mutual concern and interest.

The Members of Youth Parliament Pakistan who have been selected to be part of the delegation, based on a performance evaluation carried out by the Secretariat of Youth Parliament and the Youth Parliament Steering Committee, include Mr. Lehrasip Hayat, YP23-PUNJAB05; Youth Leader of Opposition; Syed Manzoor Shah, YP04-BALOCHISTAN03; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence; Mr. Hannan Ali Abbasi, YP15-NWFP04; Former Youth Minister for Information; Ms. Anam Javed Cheema, YP29-PUNJAB11; Chairperson Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Information; Ms. Zil-e-Huma YP31-PUNJAB13; General Secretary, Youth Parliament Green Party; Ms. Madeeha Shahid Rana YP34-PUNJAB16; Former Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs; Mr. Bilal Nasir, YP44-SINDH07; Youth Shadow Minister for Information and Mr. Imtiaz Ali YP46-SINDH09; Chief Whip, Youth Parliament Green Party.

The study visit, that is supported by the British High Commission Islamabad through the support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK, is facilitated so as to provide an opportunity to the Youth Parliament delegation to understand the British political and Parliamentary system and engage in a meaningful dialogue with British youth counterparts on issues of mutual concern.

The Youth Parliament Pakistan is initiated and facilitated by PILDAT. The objective of Youth Parliament Pakistan is to engage Youth in Pakistan in healthy discourse, expose them to democratic process and practices and to facilitate free but structured expression of their views. Patterned after the National Assembly of Pakistan, the Youth Parliament Pakistan consists of 48 young men and women who represent the four provinces, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory in proportion to the population of these units. The Youth Parliament follows its own two-Party System, an elected Leaders of the House or Youth Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, a Youth Cabinet, a Shadow Cabinet and Standing Committees. There are two mock parties: The Blue Party (Liberal) and The Green Party (Moderate). 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 is currently undergoing its 1 year term.

Senator S. M. Zafar, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Education, serves as a Chairman of the Youth Parliament Steering Committee while Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, MNA, Deputy Speaker National Assembly is the Patron of Youth Parliament. Other notable members of the Steering Committee include Mr. Wazir Ahmad Jogezai, former Deputy Speaker; Dr. Donya Aziz, MNA; Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA and Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, MNA.




Syed Manzoor Ahmed
Youth Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence; Member, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Education Health and Environment


Syed Manzoor Ahmed was born on November 29, 1986 and belongs to district Qilla Abdullah, Balochistan. He is currently pursuing his Telecommunications Engineering from the Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) at Quetta. Being a member of Youth Parliament Pakistan, he aspires to address the major problems of Pakistan (terrorism, poverty, unaccountability and ineffective education system) and strives towards their eradication, representing his province Balochistan at every level. Mr. Ahmed secured 2nd position in the 1st session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-2010 based on overall performance scores of the Youth Parliament batch 2009-2010. He has been actively involved in sports and has had the honour of representing Pakistan in its national football team.

“The UK Study visit will provide me with an exposure of the political system and help me understand the traditions, customs, norms and values in UK. I wish to learn from the system and apply learning upon my return at the provincial and national level. “


Hannan Ali Abbasi

Former Youth Minister for Information; Member,
Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Information


Mr. Hannan Ali Abbasi was born on August 29, 1985 and hails from Abottabad. He is a young Author, Journalist and Broadcaster. His journalistic career started at the age of 16 when he started covering National Assembly proceedings, political developments, General Elections and proceedings of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was appointed as Editor of a regional Daily Newspaper published from Rawalpindi and Abbottabad. In 2005, he became the youngest journalist ever to be awarded the "Pak-UK Excellence Award" by the AWAM International Group in the field of Media and Urdu Literature. Observing his services in highlighting the problems of people, affected in October 2005 Earthquake, a Turkey based international human rights organization I.H.H, The Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, awarded him the best Young Writer Award in Earthquake issues. He has worked with many national daily newspapers including Nawa-e-Waqt, Daily Ausaf, Daily Azkar and others. He has also worked with Radio Pakistan and Pakistani TV channel, the ATV. He has authored a book on “Zameeni Sitaray” which was distributed in all schools of his district by the District Government Abbottabad and District Government Mansehra. He also wrote an Urdu Drama "Kali Andhi" for Pakistan Television. He has participated in seminars on “Role of Media promoting the culture of Mutual Tolerance, Civic responsibility & Role of Law organized by the National Defiance University Islamabad and Pakistan Young Leaders Conference 2010 organized by National Union of Pakistani Students & Alumni (NUPSA). He has also visited China & Hong Kong with the national youth delegation.

“My purpose of visiting UK is to cultivate good relationship between Pakistan and UK as well as to increase cross-cultural awareness, especially among youth, between both countries.”


Lehrasip Hayat

Youth Leader of the Opposition
Member, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights


Mr. Lehrasip Hayat hails from Hafizabad and was born on July 9, 1988. He holds a BA (Hons.) in History and Political Science from the Government College University (GCU) Lahore with distinction. He has an academic Roll of Honour and a gold medal to his credit. He is currently pursuing an LLB (Hons.) at the University College Lahore (UCL) through the University of London External System. While at the GCU, he was president of the Garrett History Society and attended a survey course on American history that was organized by the US Consulate in Lahore. He also holds the position of elected Leader of the Opposition, Youth Parliament Pakistan. Being Leader of the Opposition, he has effectively led his parliamentary party, inculcating democratic and parliamentary values among fellow parliamentarians. He is also the initiator of Youth Policy on National Identity, passed by the Youth Parliament. Mr. Hayat is interested in politics, international law and identity formation. He believes in youth’s active electoral participation and building democratic values in the society.

“I believe that the study visit to UK would help me understand the British society and will provide me with an opportunity to observe British Parliamentary system and its values.”


Anam Javed Cheema

Chairperson, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Information


Ms. Anam Javed Cheema resides in Islamabad but hails from Toba Tek Singh and was born on April 24, 1989. Having completed her GCE A Level from Froebel's International School, she is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Dental Surgery. Ms. Cheema's previous leadership activities include representing Islamabad at the Young Leaders' Conference held in Karachi and organising protest rallies in support of Palestinian rights. She is currently working on the youth project, Developing Visionaries of Pakistan. She has also worked for the DAWN Expo and assisted in the rehabilitation of Swat IDPs. Ms Cheema aspires to contribute to developments in Pakistan's systems of healthcare and education.

“The study visit to UK will provide me with exposure of parliamentary best practices in UK, diversity of culture, working of the British media, aspirations and viewpoints of the British youth in general and the role of British youth in politics in particular.”



General Secretary, Green Party; Member, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights


Ms. Zile Huma hails from Chakwal and was born on July 17, 1986. After graduating in the subjects of English Literature and Psychology from Punjab University, she has obtained a Masters degree in International Relations from the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She was selected as Treasurer of International Relations Student Society and remained Girls’ Representative for two semesters. Being a student of International Relations, her area of interest is Pakistan‘s Foreign Policy especially after 9/11. Ms. Huma secured second position for overall best performance in the third session of Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-2010. Recently, she has also been selected for Global Scholar and Leaders Conference Singapore 2010 and Young Leader Conference Pakistan 2010. She plans to join the Foreign Service of Pakistan after the Civil Services competitive examination.

I wish to learn about the British democratic values and the evolution of the British political and democratic system. I am interested in learning about the foreign policy of UK towards Pakistan after the new government has come in and to interact with youth groups in UK to understand their perceptions.”


Madeeha Shahid Rana

Former Youth Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs; Member, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs


Ms. Madeeha Shahid hails from Rawalpindi and teaches Human Resource and is also a coordinator for one of the centres of excellence, Centre for Industrial Linkages at National University of Sciences and Technology Business School Islamabad. She has completed her MBA in Human Resource, with a specialization in change management and organizational innovation from the Bahria Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Islamabad. She has been an active member of different societies and clubs including the Multimedia Club, Arts & Literary Society, Rector's A Team. She was also a participant at the First Entrepreneur Summit and Human Resource Confluence at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and supports the education expenses of a 6 year old boy, Fayyaz at SOS Village. As a Youth Minister for Culture Sports and Youth Affairs, she has tabled a bill on Youth Policy.

“I want to learn about the British Political System and specially about the British origin Pakistani youth, their problems, perceptions and issues; how culturally-different people co-exist in the British society, etc. I am intrigued by the phenomenon of Multi-culturalism in the UK.”


Bilal Nasir

Youth Shadow Minister for Information; Member, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Information


Mr. Bilal Naseer was born on June 14, 1987 and hails from Karachi. He is a 3rd Year student of the Institute of Mass Communication at the University of Karachi and has the honour of securing first position in Associate Engineering in the Printing and Packaging technology in the entire Sindh province. He has worked for two years at the Elite Publishers Limited as Assistant Manager in Planning and Production division. He is an activist of consumer rights, has worked for the rehabilitation of earthquake in Kashmir and promotion of Urdu language and culture. He is a member of the Pakistan Debate Council, and a member of the Student Council of his university. He is also a member of the official magazine of his university called “Media Post” and radio station FM 90.6 in Karachi. He has attended several personality development and career building workshops including MUNIK (Model United Nation IBA Karachi Conference), I-MARC, IBLC, Active Citizen Workshop and Young Leaders conference. He holds the office of Youth Shadow Minister for Information and has actively participated in publicizing the Youth Parliament Pakistan in local media.

“I wish to observe and experience the system in UK in order to learn from it and bring back useful experiences to share at the Youth Parliament and elsewhere.”


Imtiaz Ali Khuro

Chief Whip Green Party; Member, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence


Mr. Imtiaz Ali Khuhro was born on March 03, 1987 and hails from Khairpur Miras, Sindh. He did his B.A (Hons.) from the GC University Lahore with major in Political Science and History. He was Vice President of the Young Journalist Society, Finance Secretary in Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society and Executive member of Historian Society of Government College University Lahore. His area of interest includes foreign affairs, the Central Asian politics and politics of terrorism. He studied a course on Politics of Central Asia and he developed 6-credit hour Thesis on U.S-Israel Special relationship in his graduation. He intends to continue higher education in International Relations.

“Being a student of politics and comparative political system, I look forward to being a part of this study visit to help me understand the UK political system in comparison with that of Pakistan and elsewhere. I wish to learn about the role of UK Parliament in foreign policy as well as to interact with young British MPs and the youth groups of UK.”

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