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Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi
Member & Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Patron Youth Parliament and Member Youth Parliament Steering Committee addressed the members of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 at the Inaugural Session on November 06, 2009


Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi was elected to the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan in the February 2008 General Election on a PPPP ticket. He was subsequently elected as the 17th Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan on March 19, 2008. As a young, first-time elected MNA at the age of 33, Kundi also has the distinction of being the youngest Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He serves as the Patron of the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF), a multi-party group of young Parliamentarians. He is also the Patron of the Youth Parliament Pakistan, a PILDAT initiative. Born on May 24, 1975 in Dera Ismail Khan, Mr. Kundi graduated with LLB in 2002 from Thames Valley College, UK. Kundi began his political career in 2003 and has served as the Divisional Coordinator of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for D. I. Khan.


Senator S. M. Zafar
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Education, Chairman Youth Parliament Steering Committee addressed the members of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 at the  Inaugural Session on November 06, 2009


Senator S. M. Zafar is a prominent Constitutional lawyer and former Federal Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Pakistan. He is also the Chairman of the Human Rights Society of Pakistan and is involved with various developmental works. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education. He has also served as a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms: 2009-2010. He is politically affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League (PML).


Dr. Donya Aziz
Member National Assembly of Pakistan and Member Youth Parliament Steering Committee addressed the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 at the Inaugural Session on November 06, 2009


Dr. Donya Aziz, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, returned to the National Assembly of Pakistan for her second term in February 2008 Election. She is a medical doctor by profession. During her first tenure in the 12th National Assembly of Pakistan (2002-2007), she served as Parliamentary Secretary for Population Welfare. Her main focus is on the public health sector and gender. Dr. Donya Aziz has been elected as the President of the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) in 2009. She is politically affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League (PML).

  Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan
Member National Assembly of Pakistan, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Commerce and Member Youth Parliament Steering Committee addressed at Inaugural Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10  on November 06, 2009

Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan was born in Gujranwala, Pakistan in 1970 and was educated at St. Joseph’s School and Cadet College Hassan Abdal. He was trained as an electrical engineer at California Institute of Technology and holds a degree in economics from Bowdoin College, both in the United States. He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan on February 18, 2008. He was elected Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce on October 23, 2008. In Parliament, he has led legislative efforts on restructuring Pakistan’s anti-dumping and insurance statutes, regulation of foreign security agencies, empowering the Standing Committees with budgetary approval of ministries and, most recently, reform of high treason law. As Chairman, Khurram has revitalized the parliamentary Standing Committee that oversees Pakistan’s Commerce Ministry; Under his chairmanship, the Committee has performed vigorous oversight of the executive branch on trade policy, WTO regulations, Afghan Transit Trade, regulation of insurance industry, and integrity of government procurement. Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan is affiliated politically with the principal opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League-N, where he was the Central Joint Secretary during 2006-2009. He has also served previously as Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999. During 1999-2008, he led resistance in Gujranwala against the dictatorial rule of Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

  Senator Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch
President of the National Party spoke on "Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan Package" at Second Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on February 04, 2010

Representing the Balochistan Province in the Senate of Pakistan, Senator Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch is the president of the National Party and he has been selected as a member of the Senate of Pakistan for the tuner from March 2006 to March 2012. Selected for the first time of the provincial assembly of the Balochistan, Dr. Malik remained the provincial minister for health  from 1988-1990 and minister of education from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Malik is the chairman of the Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas. He is also a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Minorities Affairs, Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping, Standing Committee on Food and Agriculture and Standing Committee on Interior.


Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani
Leader Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) spoke on "Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan Package" at Second Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on February 04, 2010


Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani was born in 1938 in Zhob. He is politically affiliated with the JUI(F). He has previously been elected as an MNA from 1988-1990, 1990-1993 and 1997-1999. He was elected as member of National Assembly in 2002 elections from NA-264, Zhob-cum-Killa- Saifullah. He is currently Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence, Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Senate Standing Committee on Minorities and SAFRON. He is also a member of Islamic Ideology Council. An agriculturist by profession, he completed his Dars-e- Nizami at Meraj-ul-uloom Madrasa, Bannu in 1962. He has travelled to India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and U.K. His hobbies include reading and social welfare.


Mr. Mushahid Hussain Sayed
General Secretary, PML and former Senator addressed on "Revisiting Pakistan's Policy on Terrorism" at Second Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on February 05, 2010

  Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani
Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa addressed at Second Session of Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on February 06, 2010

Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani is the governor of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa since January 2008 and has previously governed the province of Balochistan for four and a half years. Mr. Owais Ghani obtained his early education in Peshawar and his FSc (pre engineering) from the Edward College and then BSc in mechanical engineering from the Peshawar University. He also got specialized training in designing and manufacturing of high-pressure steam boilers for thermal power plants from Shanghai in China. He served in various national institutions, including the Steel Private Limited in Peshawar, the Naushehra Engineering Company in Naushehra, the Heavy Mechanical Complex in Texila and the Khyber Tobacco Company in Mardan. He worked as a Provincial Minister for Industries, Trade, Minerals, Labour, IT and Transports from November 5, 1999 to January 4, 2002 and as Federal Minister for Labour, Manpower, Overseas Pakistanis, Local Government and Zakat from January to November 2002.  His travel experiences include England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, China, Belgium and Afghanistan. He is good at speaking several languages, including English, Urdu, Pashto, Hindko and Punjabi.


Mr. Shams ul Mulk
Former Chairman WAPDA and former Chief Minister NWFP spoke on "Water Crisis in the Country" at Third Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on April 01, 2010


Mr. Shams ul Mulk graduated in engineering in 1954 and joined the NWFP PWD (Irrigation Department) in Pakistan. In 1959 he joined the WAPDA and became Member and Managing Director (Water) in that organization. He has been associated with most of the dam projects in Pakistan. He has served as Chairman, Sarhad Development Authority, Peshawar (1976-1977), Chief Engineer/General Manager, Tarbela Dam Project (1979-81) Executive Director, Engineering and Consulting Associates, Nigeria Limited (1981-1987) and General Manager, Kalabagh Dam Project (1987-88). He was Vice President of ICID from 1989-1992. Shams-ul-Mulk was the caretaker chief minister of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan in duration between October 11, 2007 to March 30, 2008.

  Dr. Ashfaque H. Khan
DG & Dean NUST Business School and former Special Secretary Finance spoke on "Inflation, Poverty and Unemployment" at Third Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on April 02, 2010

Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan is currently the Director General and Dean, NUST Business School, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad. He has been the Special Secretary Finance/Director General, Debt Office of the Ministry of Finance, Islamabad. He is also the Director and Vice Chairman of Saudi Pak Industrial and Agricultural Investment Company Ltd. (A joint venture of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) and Director of the United Bank Limited (Representing government’s shares in the Bank). He was appointed Economic Adviser of the Ministry of Finance in March 1998.  In January 2003 he was appointed Director General of the Debt Office of the Ministry of Finance. He was appointed Special Secretary Finance/ Director General, Debt Office in July 2007. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in USA. Dr. Khan’s past experience includes: visiting Lecturer at the Towson State University in USA and Visiting Fellow at the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany. He has also been the Consultant to many International Organizations/ Financial Institutions such as the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP), Asian and Pacific Development Centre, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. Dr. Khan has the distinction of being the most widely published economist of the country.  He has published nine books and more than 170 articles in national and international journals of economic science. His papers have appeared in the most prestigious journals of economic science published from Harvard University and University of Chicago.  Dr. Khan has also the distinction of being a student of a Nobel Laureate in economics, Professor Lawrence R. Klein. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of economics and public policy the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has conferred the award of Sitara-i-Imtiaz to Dr. Khan

  Mr. Mujib ur Rehman Shami
Editor in Chief, Daily Pakistan and former President APNS and CPNE addressed on the topic of "National Identity" at Fourth Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on May 27, 2010

Mr. Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami is a renowned journalist. He is Editor-in-Chief of daily Pakistan and has served as the elected chairman of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS). A thinker and a political analyst, Mr. Shami is a well-known intellectual of the country.

  Mr. Javed Jabbar
Former Senator and former Minister for Information & Media Development spoke on "National Identity" at Fourth Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on May 28, 2010

Mr. Javed Jabbar is a legend of advertising in Pakistan, a famous politician, ex Minister for Information and Media Development and an intellectual. He was an elected member of the senate of Pakistan (1985-91) and has served in three federal cabinets (1988-90, 99-2000). He has also been advisor on National Affairs to the Chief Executive of Pakistan (1999-2000). Mr. Javed Jabbar has an extensive experience as volunteer head of a member organization of IUCN for over 20 years. As a Chairman of the IUCN Pakistan National Committee for 4 years, Mr. Jabbar has helped expand IUCN membership and promoted IUCN’s role in this country. He was a Senator between (1985–91) and acted as a Federal Minister in 3 Cabinets of Pakistan. He has actively supported public policy and programme formulation in environmental fields. He was recipient of a Gold Medal from the Human Rights Society of Pakistan in May 2008 for promoting environmental security. He has written and produced a film for international cinema in 2008: “Ramchand Pakistani” set in an arid ecosystem which won the International Critics Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics, July 2008.In 2004, Mr. Jabbar was elected as a Regional Councilor for West Asia and a Vice President of IUCN (2005 - 2008).

  Mr. Adam Thomson
British High Commissioner to Pakistan spoke on "UK’s Foreign Policy towards Pakistan"  in the Fifth Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on July 29, 2010

Mr. Adam began his British Diplomatic Service career in 1978. In 1981, after postings in London and Russian Language training, he went to the British Embassy in Moscow and then in 1983 to the UK Delegation to NATO, Brussels. From 1986, he covered Israel and Lebanon in the foreign office in London and in 1989 was seconded to the cabinet office to work on Soviet issues. From 1991, Mr. Adam worked on Politico-Military affairs at the British Embassy in Washington and in 1995, moved to New Delhi to become the Political Counselor. He returned to London in 1998 as head of Security Policy Departments, covering NATO, European Security and Arms Control. Mr. Adam was Ambassador and British Deputy Permanent representative to the United Nations in New York from 2002 until May 2006, when he took up his position as Director South Asia and Afghanistan at the FCO, which he held until his appointment as British High Commissioner to Pakistan. Mr. Adam was educated at Cambridge (MA History) and the Kennedy school of Government at Harvard (MIPP). He worked briefly at the World Bank in 1977.

  Mr. Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri
Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan spoke on "Overview of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy"  in the Fifth Ses
sion of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on July 30, 2010

Khurshid M. Kasuri served as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan from 2002-2007. Mr. Kasuri did his tripos in Law from the Cambridge University and was later admitted to the Oxford University for post-graduate work in Public Administration and Political Science. He has studied French Civilization courses at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Nice in France. He was called to the Bar from Gray's Inn, London. He was also the author of a report for the Government of Pakistan on how Pakistan studies could be promoted at American Universities; large parts of his report were implemented by the government. Mr. Kasuri has a rich political background serving with parties such as the Tehrik-e-Istiqlal, the Peoples Democratic Alliance and the PML, etc. He was appointed Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the interim government of Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari.


Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, MNA
Former Federal Minister for Education spoke on "State of Education in Pakistan" at Fifth Session of the Youth Parliament Pakistan 2009-10 on July 31, 2010


Mr. Ahsan Iqbal is the Former Federal Minister for Education of Pakistan and also the Information Secretary of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. He was elected as an MNA in the February 2008 elections. He studied mechanical engineering at the UET Lahore (1976–1981), where he was elected President of the Students Union (1980–81) before moving to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania for an MBA degree (1984–1986). He has also attended executive programs at the universities including the School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown University (1989), the University of Oxford (1992) and the Harvard University (2004). His appointments include Chief Coordinator / Minister of State, Pakistan 2010 Program (1997–99), Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Pakistan (1998–99); Chairman, Good Governance Group, Government of Pakistan (1997–99); Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Board and Chairman, National Steering Committees on Information Technology, IQM and Productivity (1998–99). He earlier served as the Policy and Public Affairs Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan (1993). He served as Senior Advisor, Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah Digital Economy Project from September 2004 to April 2006. He has also held senior-level corporate positions in public sector corporations of Pakistan.

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