Youth of Pakistan is worried about economic insecurity, high unemployment rates and absence of rule of law as compared to terrorism. This revelation came at the first Policy Dialogue Forum between Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of Pakistan and youth of the country at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) here on Tuesday.
The British Council, under its Active Citizen’s Programme, organised the event as a follow up on The Next Generation Report that it published last year. Many young Parliamentarians and around 150 youngsters attended this forum.
‘The Next Generation Report’ identified many of the pressing issues face the youth of country. The report states that 36 million new jobs have to be created in the next ten years. The report says that only 15 % Pakistanis feel that the country is heading in the right direction. The biggest complaints include disregard of merit, absence of legal protection for youth and uncertainty about their careers and future.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Kareem Kundi introduced the forum.
Formed in 2003, the forum’s key objectives are to provide young parliamentarians a platform where they can develop and share ideas, improve their legislative and leadership skills. Besides, build direct linkages with young people in the country to encourage their political participation and involvement in good governance.
The YPF was represented by a diverse group of young Members of National Assembly comprising of Asiya Nasir (MMA), Sheikh Waqas Akram (PML-Q), Anusha Rahman (PML-N), Nadeem Gondal (PPP) and Donya Aziz (President YPF). The panel emphasised need for serious political will and sustained effort by civil society working hands-in-hands with government to build a better Pakistan.