Islamabad, February 5,
Mr. Mushahid Hussain Sayed, General Secretary, PML and former Senator, while
addressing the Youth Parliament Pakistan on the topic of
Revisiting Pakistan's Policy on Terrorism, said that
Pakistan has a key role to play in the region and the youth
must focus its energies on developing new solutions drawing
from lessons emanating from previous policies. He gave a
historical overview of the geo-political importance of
Pakistan in the region and identified various strengths of the
country which must be acknowledged while planning for the
present and the future. He supported the policy of dialogue in
Afghanistan which he said was a huge triumph of Pakistan's
perspective. The West is shy of openly admitting that it is
facing a defeat in Afghanistan but the Western Historians will
have to acknowledge this fact that is evident in today's
world. Focusing on Pakistan's internal dynamics of extremism
and terrorism he said that the successive lack of initiative
by various regimes in Pakistan to focus on the development of
FATA has given rise to the current scenario. While development
is a slow process, creative solutions must be sought for the
immediate resolution of the issues. Extending the Political
Parties Act to FATA and setting up the ROZs in FATA should be
top priority of the government, he believed.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that the
most youthful population of the World resided in the Muslim
countries including Pakistan and utilizing youth's potential
must be a priority. He praised PILDAT's initiative of Youth
Parliament terming its 3rd consecutive year to be a
huge success. "I would like to see you in the national
Parliament some years from now," he said while talking to
members of the Youth Parliament. He said he believed in the
political process and urged youth to come forward and join
The third day of the session began earlier with
a focus on Kashmir Solidarity day and the Youth Parliament
observed one minute's silence to express solidarity with and
pay tribute to the martyrs of the independence movement of
Mr. Khizar Pervaiz (YP 40-Sindh 03) invited the
attention of the Youth Prime Minister through a calling
attention notice to the protracted delay in the completion of
Lyari Express way in Karachi and the dislocation of families
during the construction of the project.
The first resolution of the day was moved by
the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Lehrasip Hayat
(YP20-PUNJAB05).The house adopted the resolution in the favour
of introducing a bill in the Parliament regarding the
prosecution process of persons held in FATA during the ongoing
Mr. Zulqarnain Haider (YP20-PUNJAB 02), Mr.
Hannan Ali Abbasi and Mr. Waqas Nazar Tiwana (YP21-PUNJAB 03)
moved a resolution that Pakistan's policy on Terrorism should
not compromise on the country's dignity and national interest.
During the debate, members strongly condemned the Pakistani
government's unconditional support to the US through which the
Pakistani nation became a victim of this war. This resolution
was unanimously adopted by the House.
Ms. Nabeeha Mohyuddin (YP12-NWFP01), Ms.
Mahrukh Ayesha Ali (P18-NWFP07) and Mr. Waqas Nazar Tiwana
(YP21-PUNJAB03) introduced a bill in the House to take
immediate steps to investigate the alleged presence of the US
security company "Blackwater" in various cities of Pakistan.
After debate, the bill was referred to the Youth Standing
Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights.
The Youth Parliament will continue its
discussions on the topic of Revisiting Pakistan's Policy on
Terrorism on the fourth day of its session on Saturday,
February 6 where the Governor NWFP, Mr. Owais Ghani, will also
share his views with the Youth Parliament Pakistan on the