London, July 7; Members
of the Youth Parliament delegation, currently on a Study Visit
to UK, appeared on the BBC World News and were interviewed at
the BBC World Service Radio by Ms. Mishal Husain and Mr.
Owen Bennett Jones respectively.
In an interaction with Ms. Mishal Husain at the
Impact Asia segment at the BBC World News, Mr.
Lehrasip Hayat, Leader of the Opposition, Youth Parliament
and Ms. Anam Javed Cheema,
Chairperson, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on
Information, explained the working of the Youth Parliament
Pakistan and how the experience is helping Pakistani youth
understand and appreciate the working of crucial democratic
institutions such as Parliament as well as help create the
culture of structured dialogue and debate amongst youth on
policy issues that confront Pakistan.
In a radio conversation with Mr. Owen
Syed Manzoor Shah, Shadow
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Youth Parliament
belonging to Balochistan, Mr. Imtiaz Ali
Khuro, Chief Whip, Youth Parliament Green Party, belonging
to Sindh and Ms. Anam Javed Cheema, representing
Punjab, discussed in detail their perspectives on issues faced
by youth in Pakistan and the youth’s perspective on insurgency
in Pakistan. The members of the Youth Parliament said that
contrary to the Western perception, Pakistan is not an
epicentre of global terrorism but a victim of terrorism as
Pakistan has suffered the greatest in terms of human cost and
suffering as well as the economic, social and military cost.
Pakistan needs friends to support its efforts against
insurgency; this help is not just military help but help in
areas of trade and economic ties mainly, followed by education
and social sector development and enhancement.
An eight member Youth Parliament Pakistan delegation is
currently on a Study Visit to the UK. The Youth Parliament
is a project by PILDAT (www.pildat.org)
to involve and engage the youth of Pakistan in the values of
politics and democracy in the country.