Den­mark Sup­ports the Youth Par­lia­ment of Pak­istan

The Diplomatic Insight - - Edinuscigathiton - 20

“You­can­nottalk­a­bout­democ­ra­cy­or­civilem­pow­er­ment Withouten­gag­ingth­ey­outh” Dan­ishAm­bas­sador,

Uf­feWolffhechel 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 ofYouth 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 SouthAsian 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, theDan­ish 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 theYouth 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, AJKand FATA. The in­au­gu­ral ses­sion lasted over 5 days - Fe­bru­ary 20-24, 2012, where the se­lected young Pak­ista­nis from across Pak­istan 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 FATAand AJK while 1 mem­ber from Gil­git Baltistan. Youth Par­lia­ment is also ex­pected to de­bate the­Way For­ward in Balochis­tan, Elec­toral Re­forms in Pak­istan and in par­tic­u­lar the new Elec­toral Roll in its first ses­sion.

PILDAT has ear­lier con­ceived, planned and fa­cil­i­tated 3, year-

Ex­trem­ism Watch Re­por t launched by J in­nah In­sti­tute Pak­istan's prob­lem of ex­trem­ism is a greater threat to the coun­try than ter­ror­ism. This was the con­sen­sus dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary 16thlaunch of Jin­nah In­sti­tute's re­port 'Ex­trem­ism Watch: Map­ping Con­flict trends in Pak­istan 2010-2011'. The re­port records and ex­am­ines var­i­ous types of ex­trem­ist in­ci­dents that have oc­curred in Pak­istan over the past year, and the ef­fects that th­ese in­ci­dents have reg­is­tered on Pak­istani so­ci­ety. Ejaz Haider, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of Jin­nah In­sti­tute, opened the event by wel­com­ing the panelists and guests at the re­port launch. Mr. Haider spoke about the pur­pose and de­sign of the re­port, and ac­knowl­edged the need to in­te­grate var­i­ous is­sues cat­e­go­rized as ex­trem­ist ac­tiv­i­ties so that ef­fec­tive pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tions could be de­vel­oped for Pak­istan. Mr. Haider stated that ex­trem­ism is a greater men­ace in terms of a state's abil­ity to deal with it, rather than ter­ror­ism, and this fact en­hances the

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