batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan held its Second Session at
Islamabad from February 04 to February 07, 2010. The major focus of the
session was on discussing the topics; the Balochistan Crisis
and Revisiting Pakistanís Policy on Terrorism.
The Sittings of Youth Parliament Pakistan
The third batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan held five
sittings during the Second Session.
First day of the Second Session of the Youth Parliament
Pakistan started with a Calling Attention Notice moved by Ms.
Ayesha Bilal Bhatti (YP27-PUNJAB09) and Ms. Noor Bakht
Ghumman (YP28-PUNJAB10) to monitor the Child Labour Laws with reference to the recent death of Ms. Shazia
Masih. Mr. Rana Amaar Faaruq (YP08-ICT01), Youth Prime
Minister requested the Honourable speaker to refer this to the
Human Rightís and Law Committee to analyze and discuss
different prospects of Labor Laws with special context to the
child labor laws. Youth Prime Minister agreed with the
opposition that there should be committees to monitor and
discuss the amendments that can be implemented and applied to
the child labor laws. He stated clearly that the improved
education system and reforms play a pivotal role in a
Youth Prime Minister, Mr. Amaar Faaruq (YP08-ICT01) ended
the calling attention notice and cleared several points that
the members of opposition had conveyed. Mr. Amaar discussed
the astonishingly low standards of the jails and suggested
social benefits for the children to abolish child labor.
Referring to Ms. Shazia Masihís case Prime Minister suggested
that state attorneys must be provided for the families who
canít afford one.
Mr. Agha Shakeel (YP47-SINDH10) of the green party drew the
attention of the house towards the timid penalty that has to
be paid by the offender according to the Juvenile Justice
system. Syed Arsalan Ahmed (YP42-SINDH05) suggested that
committees be formed that can work on child care and family
support incentives to decrease the child labor, to which Youth
Prime Minister agreed and accepted almost all the suggestions
made by the opposition. This was referred to the Committee by
the Honourable Speaker.
Later in the day, a resolution was moved regarding Land
Reforms. Mr. Imtiaz Ali Khuro (YP46-SINDH09) moved a
resolution to abolish feudal system through land reforms as he
thought it was creating hindrances in the development of
democratic culture in Pakistan.
Ms. Gul Andaam Orakzai (YP10-ICT03) spoke in favor of
amending the land reforms. She further drew attention towards
the need of awareness and education. Syeda Rabab Zehra Naqvi
(YP41-SINDH04) suggested to bringing institutional changes and
empowering the voters who chooses the government
Reference of South Korea and Iran were given to improve the
system and many suggestions were made to get rid of the feudal
system or at least to weaken it. Almost all the members moved
the resolution for adoption regarding land reforms.
The Youth Prime Minister requested the speaker to refer the
resolution to the Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights
Committee. Honorable Speaker referred this resolution to the
On the second day, Youth Parliament witnessed debate and
discussion on various resolutions dealing with the payment of
royalty for gas and mineral resources to Balochistan according
to the constitutional provisions; the need for immediate
resolution of the issue of missing persons of Balochistan;
facilitation of training centres and the provision of adequate
health and education facilities in the province.
The Youth Prime Minister proposed to amend the resolution
moved by Mr. Hammal Muneer Jan (YP03-BALOCHISTAN02) and Ms.
Gul Aandaam Orakzai (YP10-ICT03) on the issue of missing
persons by adding the operative clause 12 of
Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package and to provide a
comprehensive list of all missing persons to the Supreme
Court, invoking the writ of habeas corpus. The amended
resolution was passed unanimously. The Youth Prime Minister
also announced that the Youth Government will be unveiling the
18th Constitutional Amendment package in the Youth
Parliament Pakistan during the on-going session of the Youth
Later in the day, a Panel Discussion on The Balochistan Crisis
was held. The panelists included Senator Dr. Abdul Malik
Baloch, (Balochistan NP), Senator Muhammad Khan Sherani,
(Balochistan JUI-F) and Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezai, Former
Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan.
Senator Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch,
who began the discussion by explaining the historical and
geographical importance of the province, highlighted that in
his view the geographical partitions in the region had been
concluded earlier and it is within the federation of Pakistan
that Baloch people wish to get their due rights. He said that
one's own affinity with one's language or ethnicity should not
be taken as a negation of other ethnicities and languages. The
provinces created the federation of Pakistan and the State of
Pakistan must provide the provinces' equitable share of
resources to them.
who focused his conversation on the need for an ideological
basis of politics, drew the attention of the House towards
developing a better understanding of politics, which, devoid
of religious values, has no significance. "Sense of
responsibility and duty come before anything else" said
Senator Shirani. He highlighted that the JUI-F had agitated
the issue of Balochistan's required share in resources first
when it was in government. He also believed that the JUI-F,
while appreciating the steps taken under the new NFC Award,
believed this was only the first step towards actualization of
the due share of Balochistan in the federal pool.
The panellists believed that the Government's
Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan package is an unrealistic
document that does not sufficiently address the just
requirements of Balochistan. Moreover, the Government is not
in a position to implement its promises regarding missing
persons due to the role of Intelligence Agencies in the
province and it should not have made such promises
The third day of the session began 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 Kashmir.
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 military operation.
Mr. Zulqarnain Haider (YP20-PUNJAB02), Mr. Hannan Ali Abbasi
and Mr. Waqas Nazar Tiwana (YP21-PUNJAB03) 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-KP01), Ms. Mahrukh Ayesha Ali
(YP18-KP07) 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
Mr. Mushahid Hussain Sayyed,
General Secretary, PML and former Senator then addressed the
Youth Parliament Pakistan on the topic of Revisiting
Pakistan's Policy on Terrorism. He 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 Sayyed 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 political platforms.
The Youth Parliament began its proceedings through condemning the
ghastly attack in Karachi on the occasion of the chehlum of
Hazrat Imam Hussain. Presented jointly by Mr. Owais Bin Laiq
(YP45-SINDH08), Mr. Hammal Muneer Jan (YP03-BALOCHISTAN02),
Ms. Gul Andaam Orakzai (YP10-ICT03) and Mr. Bilal Qasmi
(YP24-PUNJAB06) the motion condemned the blast in Karachi and
the loss of precious lives. Youth Parliament members expressed
serious concern at the security situation in the country which
was beginning to hit the so-far peaceful province of Sindh.
The House, which actively began discussing the topic of Revisiting
Pakistan's Policy on Terrorism, witnessed a contentious debate
on the question of whether or not to negotiate with the
militants to contain terrorism in Pakistan. On a resolution
moved by Mr. Ehsan Naveed Irfan (YP013-KP02), Ms Asbah
Rahman (YP30-PUNJAB12) and Mr. Kamil Quddus (YP22-PUNJAB04)
which supported effective negotiations with militants
including and a new anti-terrorism strategy for uprooting
terrorism in Pakistan, where the House witnessed the need for
negotiations for afar-reaching strategy, majority of the
members criticized the proposals of dialogue with militants
stating that the time of dialogue is over. Pakistan's state
has actively pursued the policy of dialogue where needed but
no dialogue can be held with those who butcher innocent people
and challenge the writ of the state. The House rejected the
resolution with a majority vote.
Discussing what was termed as a 'reckless' policy of the Government of
Pakistan to issue indiscriminate licenses of record number of
unauthorized weapons, the House strongly believed that the
Government, instead of promoting gun culture, should introduce
a drive to de-weaponise the society. Mr. Bilal Jamaee
(YP44-SINDH07) and Mr. Khizer Pervaiz (YP40-SINDH03) who moved
the resolution that the present government has issued
extensive licenses of unauthorized weapons and should review
this policy because it will not serve the underlying purpose
of maintaining law and order, in the long run, criticized
federal, state and provincial portfolio-holders for their
irresponsible attitude in this regard. The House also
criticized the overtones of corruption in this issue and
jointly demanded that the Prime Minister must order an enquiry
into this issue to bring the public-office holders involved in
this corruption to justice.
The Youth Prime Minister Rana Amaar Faaruq presented to the house the
House his government's proposed 18th Constitutional
Amendment bill. The bill seeks to recognize Gilgit-Baltistan
as a province; abolish the concurrent list altogether;
amalgamation of Federally Administered and
Provincially-Administered Tribal Areas into the NWFP; revoke
the Frontier Crimes Regulation and amalgamate Zhob Loralai,
Dalabandin districts and Marri and Bugti tribal territories as
administrative districts of Balochistan. The House decided to
discuss the constitutional amendment bill on its sitting
scheduled for Sunday, February 07, 2010.
The House also began discussing the resolution moved by Mr. Aurangzeb
Khan Zalmay (YP16-KP05), Mr. Ali Inam (YP14-KP03) and Mr.
Muhammad Irfan (YP07-FATA03) to re-name NWFP as Pukhtoonistan,
Pukhtoon Khwa or Afghania to recognise the long-standing
demand of the people of NWFP and FATA. Due to paucity of time,
however, after the introduction of the resolution, a debate
could not take place and the issue was deferred for the next
Later in the day, Governor NWFP Mr. Owais Ghani addressied the Youth
Parliament Pakistan. Speaking on the topic of Revisiting
Pakistan's Policy on Terrorism, Mr. Owais Ghani
said that Pakistan has what it takes to fight every challenge.
Pakistan has been saying to the West that its policy of
'global war on terror is misconstrued and faulty and which
should be realistically evaluated. He said that the triumph of
Pakistan is that it has firmly reversed the physical and
ideological retreat to insurgents and insurgency which was
experienced a while ago here.
Insurgents in Pakistan are 'fasadi, not 'jehadis' and
there can be no dialogue with them, said the Governor. He
believed that a peaceful, progressive and friendly Afghanistan
is in Pakistan's interest and Pakistan has urged the West to
allow Gulbadin and Taliban to come to Kabul through a
Advising Youth Parliament members, the Governor said to watch out
against the globalization of culture and politics. While the
globalization of trade is the need of times, there is no
wisdom in imitating what so-called 'advanced' nations are
Sharing his views on the values of democracy, he said that the
dividends of democracy have to be right quality of leadership
and reflection of the desire and aspirations of the people in
the system of state. He said that he had no quarrel with the
statement that Parliament is sovereign as long as it remains
within the confines of Quran and Sunnah according to the
Constitution of Pakistan.
He said that people look for simplistic solutions to the issue of
terrorism which is a multi-dimensional problem with global,
regional and national dimensions. Pakistan has been a victim
as opposed to the aggressor that it is painted to be in the
World as it is at the receiving end of weapons, militancy and
drugs coming from Afghanistan. Afghanistan is not doing its
job and Pakistan is blamed.
He believed that Pakistan's potential is in the valiant people, armed
forces and security and intelligence agencies. Anyone
criticizing security and intelligence agencies wishes to
weaken Pakistan, he said, advising to Youth Parliament to
review international demands in this light.
The members of Youth Parliament posed various questions to the Governor
that he candidly answered, wishing for the Youth to take on
the challenges of today and tomorrow. "I wish you encounter
challenges and testing times in your life and develop a
potential to overcome all," said Governor Owais Ghani.
day of the proceedings started with a Calling Attention Notice
on the Bombings in Quetta, Balochistan. The house condemned
the attacks and prayed for the departed souls of the martyrs.
Saleem (YP19-PUNJAB01) called the attention of the House to
the sugar crisis in the country and emphasized that there is
enough sugar produced in the country to cater for the needs of
everyone and Government should take strict actions against the
people who have caused this crisis.
Jamaee (YP44-SINDH07) demanded that the ban on pillion riding
in Karachi must be lowered as it causes inconvenience to the
people of the region and does not serve its purpose of curbing
Shah (YP04-BALOCHISTAN03) suggested that the environmental
problems in Balochistan must be addressed as it is a province
containing natural resources which must be preserved.
Baloch (YP02-BALOCHISTAN01) invited the attention of the House
to re-consider the role of Frontier Constabulary (FC) in
Balochistan and demanded that the FC check posts should be
removed immediately and a committee must be formed to monitor
was moved by Aurangzeb Khan Zalmay (YP16-KP05), Muhammad Irfan Khan (YP07-FATA03) members of opposition party (Green)
and Ali Inam Khan (YP14-KP03) member of government Party
(Blue) demanding that the name of NWFP be changed to
Pakhtunistan/ Pakhtunkhwa or Afghania. They were of the
opinion that Pakhtuns are in majority in NWFP and they have
their legal right to change the name of the province, keeping
in mind that the movement of Pakhtunkhwa is not a secessionist
movement, but it is for the restoration of identity. The
members were of the view that if the major ethnic groups do
not agree to give identity to Pakhtun then the names of the
rest of the provinces should be debated and changed with
regard to their geographical location The problem behind this
issue, they said, is that unfortunately it has been
politicized and therefore it has raised the ethnic and
political temperature of the country. Those against the
resolution said that the cost of renaming the province is very
high and since the province consists of diverse cultures,
renaming it would only cause more divide between the people.
Leader of the opposition, Mr. Lehrasip Hayat (YP23-PUNJAB05)
said that federations can only be stronger when provinces are
strong, and by changing the name we would be giving faith and
confidence to the people of the province. The Youth Prime
Minister, Mr. Rana Amaar Faaruq (YP08-ICT01) supported the
opposition leader stating that unity is important and the name
must be changed based on popular consensus of the house. The
Resolution was passed with heavy majority, while three
members, including the Information Minister walked out of the
parliament in protest.
The session was prorogued sine die.