Islamabad—Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday stressed for exploiting youths’ potentialities for socio-econmic betterment of the country. Addressing a ceremony as chief guest here, the speaker said “Our youth is very vibrant, energetic and strong and there is need to use this resource in positive direction to bring prominent change in coming years”.
The ceremony was organized by Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in connection with an International Youth Day 2016 in collaboration with Oxfam.
The theme of the International Youth Day 2016 was “Youth, Democracy and Pakistan: Road to 2030”. He said that youth played a vital role in keeping the nation up-front at the international level as through their contribution, a country moves forward and on in the right direction of prosperity.
“I am here to strengthen the institution.I took initiative to start short parliamentary courses with international universities so that youth can learn about legislation and system,” he added.
“In three years we have changed the perception of Pakistan in the eyes of other countries. We invited Speaker of many countries to show them soft side of Pakistan”, he remarked. He urge youth to play a responsible role in the society, support and encourage education, discourage child labour, point out government about issues of the society.
Ayaz Sadiq said that our youth excel in every university of the world in different fields. No doubt Pakistani youth is the most vibrant and focused youth of the world.
He gave the message of love, peace, respect and tolerance to youth as two wrong never make a right. Aggression towards wrong can never make a good change. The Speaker invited youth in politics and Parliament and he assured that youth can make a big difference.
First Secretary European Union, Anne Koefoed said, “I really appreciate the participation of youth in the Parliament that is a sign of progress. Youth parliamentarians always provide a bridge between masses and legislator because 50 percent of country’s population is under 35.” Danish Ambassador Jacob Rogild Jakobsen, said, “It is a great honour for me to serve as the Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, throughout the years, we have worked together to improve social and economic cohesion in Pakistan.”
Youth is a vibrant part of society and educated youth can definitely play better role in policy making. He said that UNICEF always supported the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for providing orientation to the Parliamentarians on Child Protection issues and their role in addressing them.
“I fully believe that to enhance the ties between countries, it is essential to build a wide range of relations – from the highest level of government and business to the individual citizens – based on mutual respect, understanding,” he added. General Secretary Youth Parliamentarian Forum, Shaza Fatima Khawaja said that “It is your day we all are here to listen your problems and questions. Last year we have first time celebrated International Youth Day today we are celebration it for the second time.”