Islamabad – The Ambassador of Denmark emphasized on the important role of youth in marking issues and bringing solutions to Pakistan’s situation, while speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan.
The formal inaugural ceremony began by paying homage to six martyrs of Youth Parliament Pakistan, who lost their lives in an air crash on July 28, 2010. The Inaugural Session was also addressed by Patron Youth Parliament Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, MNA, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Senator S. M. Zafar, Chairman and other members of Youth Parliament Steering Committee, including Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA, Mr. Nadeem Afzal Gondal, MNA and Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, MNA.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Danish ambassador highlighted the important role of being a youth parliamentarian and how they would be engaged in debating some of the most important questions concerning the future of Pakistan and the South Asian region -questions that were of high priority to the rest of the world as well.
”Fighting for a better world gives life meaning; it leads, sooner or later, to concrete changes and, when you work together with others, it nurtures the individual and collective ability to make a difference”, said the ambassador.The ambassador also shared that the education system in Denmark works around the empowerment and rights of the individual citizen.
“Throughout their education, the Danish youth is taught that their opinion matters and can determine the influence on policy and decision makers. We strongly believe that the youth holds the key to the future of this world – and for Pakistan – it remains equally relevant. We are therefore very happy to be supporting the Youth Parliament of Pakistan”, he said.
Facilitated by PILDAT, the Youth Parliament is patterned after the National Assembly of Pakistan. Its membership is drawn from young Pakistanis aged between 18-29 years from Balochistan, KP, Punjab, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK and FATA.
The inaugural session lasted over 5 days - February 20-24, 2012, where the selected young Pakistanis from acrossPakistan joined the session.
The selection process, based on merit, has been led by an independent Steering Committee. Out of the 60 member batch, 44 are male while 16 are female. The average age in the 4th batch is 23 years. In the fourth successive batch, the Blue Party forms a majority with 78% membership opting for its membership while 22% members have joined the Green Party. The Youth Parliament Pakistan consists of 28 members from Punjab, 12 members from Sindh, 7 from KP, 5 from Balochistan, 3 from Islamabad Capital Territory, 2 each from FATA and AJK while 1 member from Gilgit Baltistan.
Youth Parliament is also expected to debate the Way Forward in Balochistan, Electoral Reforms in Pakistan and in particularthe new Electoral Roll in its first session.
PILDAT has earlier conceived, planned and facilitated 3, year-long batches of Youth Parliament Pakistan in 2007, 2008 and 2009respectively. The 4th batch is supported by the Danish International Development Agency, Government of Denmark.