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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday emphasised upon the youth that there is no substitute to education and experience. Speaking at a seminar “Youth: Future Agents of Change or Guardians of Establishment?” organised by MNA Asiya Nasir, in collaboration with the German political foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), the speaker said that self-correction is the best way, and told the youth, “The future is yours. Pakistan is yours and we value you.”The speaker listed out various initiatives being taken by the government for the benefit of the youth and making improvement in the parliamentary system without using government funds, as a positive change. Sadiq said that the Commonwealth Conference would be held in the capital in 2015 for which the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has already given confirmation. He lauded the role being played by the KAS in helping parliamentarians interact with each other, and improving people-to-people contact.Earlier, emphasising the importance of channelising the energies of the youth in constructive direction, National Assembly former deputy speaker Faisal Karim Kundi said that the youth is being misled, and said, “Youth of KP and FATA don’t need suicide jackets, but (school) uniforms.” Kundi, who had also been the chief patron of the Youth Parliament, recalled that in the previous National Assembly, at least 95 of the 342 lawmakers were young parliamentarians.“The future of Pakistan is in your hands and it’s you (youth) who have to decide it,” he said and thanked Germany’s Ambassador Cyrill Nunn for supporting Pakistan. Describing the Pak-German friendship group as “vibrant”, KAS Resident Representative Ronny Heine said, “The youth can play an important role in conflict prevention, peace building, and national development.”MNA Asiya Nasir said, “The youth always had the power to act as a catalyst of change and the change has to be incorporated within the fibre of establishment.” The session on “Role of Youth in Anti-corruption Movement” was chaired by senior journalist and security analyst Syed Moazzam Hashmi. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) MNA Ali Khan highlighted “Corruption in Pakistan: Causes, Effects and Solution in the light of the Holy Quran and Sunnah”.Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Mariam Aurangzeb presented her party perspective towards the youth and government policies, and various initiatives taken for them. She also listed out various initiatives being taken by the government to check corruption and bring transparency in the system. In the session on “Youth in Pakistan and their attitude towards politics, democracy and political involvement”, former MNA Yasmeen Rehman said that Pakistan is a conflict-hit area where opportunities for the youth are lesser. This deficit can be reduced by making the education syllabus relevant to the job market, she added. Yasmeen said that the youth wings have to be in the mainstream political parties, and in the decision making process, which can give them a sense of ownership. The need for greater reforms within the Pakistani political system was emphasised in the seminar.“However, it wouldn’t be overnight, and would take place gradually in the due course of time,” said Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) MNA Imran Laghari in his talk on “Youth and Democracy: Myth or Reality”. Laghari recommended intra-parties legislation that can change the status quo. He also emphasised the implementation of Parties Act within political parties, and internal reforms within political parties.“The youth of Pakistan wants genuine democracy and transparency in the system”, he added. In his talk on “Attitude of political parties towards youth”, the MNA from constituency with highest literacy rate, Rehan Hashmi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) observed that the youth who were diverted to extremism, have become threat to the nation while the educated youth is contributing in the development of the nation. app

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