Young guns in UK unite for Pakistan

When I see the raw untapped potential in the Pakistani youth, it fills me with hope and pride.

Amna Khalid February 26, 2011
It’s going to be an exciting weekend in Pakistan. Future leaders from all over the country will gather in Islamabad for the Pakistan Young Leader’s Conference until 27th February. The aim of the conference is to help solve some of the crucial problems and issues currently facing Pakistan.

The whole conference is solution oriented. Earlier this week the PYLC was also held in UK.

The event took place at the prestigious Oxford University over the weekend of February 11-13. I had the opportunity to participate in the event, not only as a delegate for the Women Empowerment Committee but also as someone involved in helping its organization on behalf of NUPSA (National Union of Pakistani Students and Alumni).

PYLC UK was a roaring success.

People travelled from different parts of the UK for a chance to discuss the vital issues facing our country. Committee sessions were held on all three days, with the last evening reserved for a joint committee session in which the everyone discussed the sessions. This was followed by a question and answer session with Kamran Shahid of Express News as well as some political guests.

The beauty of the event lay in the passion of the youth of Pakistan. Young Pakistanis travelled from across the UK for an opportunity to be involved in something which could potentially be helpful to their country. The sincerity and passion of all those involved, the commitment, research and hard work that went in the preparation of the sessions to ensure positive outcome is commendable.

Perhaps my praise seems like an exaggeration. But one had to be there to realize the genuine devotion that these young Pakistanis felt. The last joint session ran a little late but people decided to miss their scheduled buses and trains, opting instead to hear the crucial outcomes reached. Although most of them had classes early the next morning or were scheduled to go to work, when it came to what is more important in their lives, the priority was Pakistan.

The outcomes reached by the different committees, and those successfully passed as resolutions in the Joint Committee Session were presented to different politicians who were invited as guests. The resolutions passed in both PYLC UK and PYLC Pakistan will be combined and presented to different important political figures in Pakistan so they can be utilized and implemented on a practical level.

When I see the raw untapped potential in the Pakistani youth, and how they sincerely strive to decipher the code to unlock the answers to Pakistan’s dilemmas, it fills me with hope and pride. Pakistan’s future is much brighter than what may seem from our TV sets and dreary newspaper reports. It is events like PYLC that show us that Pakistan’s dark cloud has not a silver but a platinum lining due to the power, potential and patriotism of the youth.
Amna Khalid An economics major from LUMS, with a MSc in financial economics from Cardiff University. Khalid currently works in London. She blogs at
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Mohammed Saad Fayyaz | 13 years ago | Reply I was a part of the Education committee, though this may seem bad, I was more of an observer than a participant. However, I can honestly say, without any biased view, that the NUPSA UK did an amazing job, to get all these people in one venue, that happens to be hours away from your own city is a hard job (I came from London!). Secondly, we at the Education committee did bring up a lot of issues, they were discussed, debated on and then we finally came to a number of resolutions, let me make it clear, we did not come to conclusions, conclusions won't fix Pakistan! Also, due to time restraints and other factors, a few, and I do mean a few topics, such a child molestation and harassment, were not discussed. But overall, we did come up with some good points, now it’s up to the powers in Pakistan do decide if they actually want to make use of those pieces of paper!
Syed Hussein El-Edroos | 13 years ago | Reply @Amina Khalid agree with you 110%: "I am however of the view that it is better to stand and do something which can and inshAllah will potentially have an impact rather than sit and criticize others who are really genuinely staying up nights to make such an event possible in the hope of seeing a difference (people I have seen trying to put together PYLC.) Personally, I would rather encourage such dedication." Keep up the good work.
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