7th YPP 2015

Youth Standing Committees present their Policy Recommendations in the House for Debate


Islamabad, September 16; Standing Committees of Youth Parliament Pakistan put forward their Policy Recommendations in the House for debate on the third of the 5-day Session.

The four Youth Standing Committees of the 7th Youth Parliament Pakistan: Youth Standing Committee on National Security & Foreign Relations, Youth Standing Committee on Finance, Youth Standing Committee on Political & Electoral System and Youth Standing on Governance presented their workings on their respective Reports.

Recommendations on Pakistan’s National Action Plan (December 2014): What is the State of its Implementation and Possible Proposals for Effective Implementation & Oversight was presented by Youth Standing Committee on National Security & Foreign Relations Members Mr. Talal Mustahsan Raza (YP3-37-PUNJAB26), Ms. Shahana Khan (YP3-53-ICT01) and Ms. Mariya Farheen (YP3-46-SINDH07). The Members pressed on the establishment of Special Courts, Assurance of minimum use of armed militia in the country, strengthen and activation of NACTA, countering hate speech, regulation & registration of Medrassahs, ban on glorification of terrorism and terrorist organisations in print and electronic media and taking Karachi Operation to its logical conclusion.

Mr. Muhammad Adnan (YP3-27-PUNJAB16) Chairperson, Youth Standing Committee on Electoral Reforms and Political System presented his report recommendations on ‘Is Pakistan more suited to adopt the Proportional Representation (PR) Electoral System vs. the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) Electoral System: Rationale & Proposals’. Some of the recommendations proposed by the Members were: extension of days for scrutiny from 7-20 (Representation of Public Act), State institutes should help ECP in security procedure, Strengthening of Local Governments, bio-metric system to be experimented in by-elections.

Ms. Marina Marri (YP3-45-SINDH06) Chairperson of Youth Standing Committee on Finance proposed suggestions on ‘Pakistan’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) Plan with the IMF and its Short-Term and Long-Term Economic Impact on Pakistan’, while Mr. Abdul Shakoor Kakar (YP3-02-BALOCHISTAN02) put forward his Committees’ recommendations on ‘What are the best International models for measuring Quality of Governance and why?’

Members of Youth Parliament Pakistan were educated on the working of the Parliament by veteran Parliamentarian Honourable Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA (NA-222, Hyderabad-V, PPPP), Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Railways. In a question answer session, young Parliamentarian Ms. Zoha Khalid (YP3-54-ICT02) proposed to introduce Parliamentary Studies in universities delivered by experts.

Moreover, Mr. Nohman Ishtiaq, Public Finance Expert delivered a lecture on ‘The Budget process in Pakistan’ while Ambassador (Retd.) Masood Khan, Director General, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad briefed the young Parliamentarians on  ‘Foreign Policy of Pakistan with special emphasis on its neighbours’.

60 Members of the 7th Youth Parliament Pakistan are taking part in a 5-day Session in Islamabad.

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