“The youth of Pakistan must participate in politics and vote with their conscience at every opportunity”, said National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. He made this statement at the opening session of the National Youth Conference on “Youth, Democracy and Pakistan: Road to 2030”.
He stressed the importance of tolerance and inclusivity for the progress of a nation. He also mourned the loss of lives to global terrorism in Pakistan, Europe, and elsewhere. He further implored the audience to work to end child labour and shift the focus to education, according to a press release.
European Union Delegation First Secretary Anne Kofoed stressed the importance of the participation of the youth in bringing transparency to the political process.
Danish Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jakob Rogild Jakobsen highlighted the need for inclusiveness within communities and expressed the continued support of the Danish government and people.
Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services Executive Director Zafarullah Khan appreciated the role of YPF and its members in acting as the ambassadors of democracy for the younger generation.
Sadiq presented shields and certificates to ten youth champions to recognise their services in the field of education, employment and sports.
YPF Secretary General Shaza Fatima Khawaja (MNA) emphasised the need for the youth to recognise the significance of democracy as a template for Pakistan’s progress. She opined that the dreams of the younger generations can be actualised if everyone plays a constructive role in the political process.
Oxfam Country Director Mohammed Qazilbash said, “It is imperative that young people feel empowered to be able to influence the decisions that affect their lives.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2016.