London, July 06: The Youth Parliament Pakistan delegation that
is in London for a week-long study visit, met and interacted
yesterday with the Conservative Future, the youth movement of
the Conservative Party, UK; the British Youth Council, a youth
related organization led by young people, for young people,
aged 25 and under, across the UK and the UK Youth Parliament,
that has over 500 elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament)
and Deputy MYPs who represent both young men and women,
including young people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds,
and with physical and learning disabilities in the UK.
The delegation had an interaction with the representatives of
the Conservative Future, the youth movement of the British
Conservative Party, for members aged up to 30 years old. The
objective of the meeting was to understand the role and
function of the Youth Wing within the party, to understand how
Students Unions and Students’ Chapters of the work and
interact, why Youth Wings of the party are considered
important and the linkages youth Wings have in the party’s
decision-making and policy forums, etc.
The delegation met with the representatives of the British
Youth Council, a 63 year old registered charity formed after
the World War II. The BYC connects with their community of
member organizations and network of Local Youth Council to
empower young people, to have a say and be heard. The Youth
Parliament Pakistan delegation discussed the functions of the
British Youth Council, especially in relation to youth’s
involvement in politics and democracy in the UK and how the
British Youth Council interacts with the outside world,
especially youth groups.
In an interaction with the UK Youth Parliament, the Pakistan
Youth Parliament discussed in detail the role and functions of
the UK Youth Parliament, the election process and criteria
adopted for membership, ways and means through the UK Youth
Parliament interacts with its membership and youth in the UK
and some of the ways it provides voice to the UK youth.
The Youth Parliament Pakistan delegates include
Mr. Lehrasip Hayat, YP23-PUNJAB05; Youth Leader of
Syed Manzoor Shah, YP04-BALOCHISTAN03; Shadow Minister for
Foreign Affairs and Defence;
Mr. Hannan Ali Abbasi, YP15-NWFP04; Former Youth Minister
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
Mr. Imtiaz Ali YP46-SINDH09; Chief Whip, Youth Parliament
Green Party; Ms. Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director PILDAT and Mr.
Muhammad Umer Shami, Projects Offices, PILDAT.
The study visit to UK by a delegation of the Youth Parliament
Pakistan is supported by the British High Commission Islamabad
through the support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
UK, 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 (www.youthparliament.pk)
is a PILDAT (www.pildat.org)
project that provides a platform for Pakistani Youth. It is
patterned after the National Assembly of Pakistan with 48
members from all over the country. The Youth Parliament
membership is selected from across the country for a one-year
term. 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.
The Youth Parliament Pakistan has its own 2-Party system, the
Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition, a Youth
Cabinet, a Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Committees.
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,
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 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.