November 12, Lahore; The Honourable Speaker, Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan invited Members of Youth Provincial Assembly Punjab to observe Assembly proceedings. He emphasised that the future leaders of Pakistan should be well versed about the Assembly proceedings, the legislation process. He highly encouraged to hold different sessions of the YPAP Members with the legislators of Punjab Assembly, which would be a good source of learning for both sides. He also encouraged the young people to work hard in their districts and identify key issues of their areas and the Punjab Government would work hand in hand with the youth of Punjab. Furthermore, the Honourable Speaker commended the efforts of PILDAT in involving youth in the democratic and political affairs training at the national as well as provincial levels.
The Members of the YPAP called on the Honourable Speaker today at the Chief Minister’s House in Lahore.
Honourable Provincial Minister of Youth Affairs Punjab, Mr. Asif Saeed Manais, MPA PML-N (PP-238, Vehari-VII) was also present at the occasion.
Talking about the youth policies introduced by the current Government in Punjab, he said that Punjab Youth Commission has been instituted with a vision to empower the youth in accordance with the provisions of the 2012 Punjab Youth Policy. Apart from this Youth Commission, the Punjab Government has also introduced small projects like Distribution of laptops on merit, Youth Internship Programme, E-Rozgar Scheme etc. that would equip the youth in the education and employment areas. Mr. Manais also appreciated PILDAT’s initiative for providing a platform to the youth in making them understand the political setup of Pakistan. He said that forums like YPAP are generally more formalized and a sophisticated way to educate the youth instead of establishment of student unions in the educational system.
Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehoob, President PILDAT/Secretary General Youth Provincial Assembly Punjab thanked the Honourable Speaker and Provincial Minister for giving an opportunity to the young members to interact with them.
During an early morning visit to the Planning and Development department of the Government of Punjab, Members had the opportunity to meet the Secretary P& D Department, Mr. Iftikhar Ali Sahoo. The Secretary briefed the Members about the Policy and implementation focus of the department. Emphasizing the importance of the vision of the department to see Punjab as a secure, economically vibrant, industrialized province together with every citizen to lead a fulfilling life, he marked the achievements of the department during 3-years time. Talking specifically about the security of Punjab, he stressed that immense importance was being focussed on National Action Plan against terrorism and extremism, a specialized Counter Terrorism Force was established by the Punjab Government which is a separate entity from Police. There has been a continuous focus on comprehensive legislation for enforcement and prosecution and special emphasis is being laid on implementing institutional reforms in Punjab Police, Intelligence, Courts and prisons.
Later the P&D Department facilitated a visit of the Members to the Lahore Museum and briefed them about the historical significance of the place.
Mr. Shahid Hamid, Senior Constitutional Expert addressed the members on “An Overview of the Constitution of Pakistan with special emphasis on the 18th Amendment during a Module Speaker session. In another Speaker session, Mr. Zafar Mahmood, Former Chairman WAPDA briefed the Members on Water Resources & Agriculture.
The last day of the first session and first batch of YPAP will be held tomorrow concluding with a media briefing of the elected leaders of YPAP highlighting their learning and interactions during the 3-day session.