Islamabad, September 23: While
addressing the Youth Parliament Pakistan on the last day
of the fifth and final session, Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani
was of the view that social stratification is one of the
major problems of Pakistan which need to be addressed at
the earliest. In his view, 180 million Pakistanis are
restless because of stagnant governance and mobilization
Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani was of the
opinion that President Musharaf used graduation condition
for contesting election to disenfranchise a major chunk of
population, as education is not the only criteria for
Earlier, during the proceedings of
the House Mr. Aamir
Abbas Turi (YP08-FATA01) called the attention of the
Honourable Youth Prime Minister to the unfortunate
incident of a bomb blast earlier this month in which 20
innocent people from Turi Tribe were martyred.
Mr. Salman Khan Shinwari (YP18-KPK05) presented a
couple of reports prepared by the standing committee on
law, parliamentary affairs and human rights on low voter
turnout and judicial reforms in Pakistan.
Ms. Anum Mohsin
(YP22-PUNJAB02) presented a bill “Qabailistan Bill”
further to amend the constitution of Islamic Republic of
Pakistan. Mr. Muhammad
Sohail (YP34-PUNJAB14), member standing committee on
IT and Telecommunication, tabled a resolution highlighting
the importance of pre-paid mobile connections and not to
impose any ban on its use unilaterally. However the
committee recommended regulating the SIM issuance
procedure to curb its immoral and criminal use.
The last and final sitting of the 2012 batch of Youth
Parliament was followed by elections to the Youth
Parliament Pakistan Alumni Association 2012. Mr.
Touseef Ahmed Abbasi (YP02-AJK02) has been elected as
the President of the YPP Alumni Association 2012, while Mr.
Saleem Khan (YP07-BALOCHISTAN05) has been elected as
the Vice President Balochistan and AJK; Mr.
Hafeez Ullah Wazir (YP09-FATA02) elected as the Vice
President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ICT & FATA; Ms.
Rabiya Shamim (YP53-SINDH05) Vice President Sindh;
and Mr. Atiq ur Rehman (YP24-PUNJAB04)
has been elected as the Vice President Punjab. The office
of the General Secretary YPPAA 2012 has been filled by Mr.
Gulfam Mustafa (YP26-PUNJAB06) while Mr.
Kashif Yousaf Badar (YP27-PUNJAB07) has been elected
as the Finance Secretary.
Today marked the completion of the
final session of the fourth batch of Youth Parliament
Pakistan, a project conceived, planned and implemented by PILDAT since
2007. 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, 2009-2010 and
now the fourth batch of Youth Parliament Pakistan 2012.
The Youth Parliament Pakistan (www.youthparliament.pk)
has been serving as a platform for Pakistani Youth aged
between 18-29 years. It is patterned after the National
Assembly of Pakistan. 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.