London, July 11; The
Youth Parliament Pakistan delegation completed its Study Visit
to UK in London on Friday by visiting the constituency of
Mr. Malcolm Wicks, MP in Croydon.
The delegation, that was
received in the Croydon Town Hall by Mr. Wicks, discussed in
detail the constituency relations of the MP and the
demarcation of roles between the local government and the MP
at the constituency level. The delegates asked questions about
the role as well as involvement of the MP in the constituency.
The delegation also met with Mayor Councillor Avril Slipper
and Mayor’s Consort Mr. Harry Slipper. The Youth
Parliament Pakistan delegation introduced the Youth Parliament
Pakistan and its aims and objectives.
The Youth Parliament Pakistan delegation to the UK included
YP23-PUNJAB05; Youth Leader of the Opposition;
YP04-BALOCHISTAN03; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and
Anam Javed Cheema,
YP29-PUNJAB11; Chairperson Youth Parliament Standing Committee
YP31-PUNJAB13; General Secretary, Youth Parliament Green
Madeeha Shahid Rana
YP34-PUNJAB16; Former Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth
YP44-SINDH07; Youth Shadow Minister for Information and
YP46-SINDH09; Chief Whip, Youth Parliament Green Party.
The study visit to UK by a delegation of the Youth Parliament
Pakistan has been 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, MNA.
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.