ICM judges Youth Parliament elections in Pakistan

9:43am GMT, Thursday, 15 January 2009
ICM's Mr Moazam Shahbaz (right) at the elections for the Youth Parliament of Pakistan, seated next to Mrs Hamda Tariq, Principal of WISE College (ICM accredited) and YPP Chairman and founder, Mr Abrar-ul-Haq.

ICM's Mr Moazam Shahbaz (right) at the elections for the Youth Parliament of Pakistan, seated next to Mrs Hamda Tariq, Principal of WISE College (ICM accredited) and YPP Chairman and founder, Mr Abrar-ul-Haq.

One of ICM’s key regional coordinators was recently invited to judge the elections for the National Assembly of Youth Parliament of Pakistan (YPP).

Mr. Moazam Shahbaz, ICM Regional Coordinator for Pakistan, joined the panel of judges which included YPP founder and Chairman – the famous Pakistani pop, bhangra and folk singer, Abrar-ul-Haq.

According to the organisation’s mission statement: “YPP is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious program initiated by Mr.Abrar-ul-Haq to foster and translate talent and excellence of adolescents and youths of Pakistan into tangible action and community service and in the process provide a nursery for scientifically trained leaders and citizens of character and substance.

“In the process the community’s abandoned, sick and unserved are linked and benefited in a relationship of symbiosis and interdependence with the youth of Pakistan”.

YPP works to give young people between the age of 15 and 35 an opportunity to contribute to the nation-building process. They will be encouraged to offer ideas to bring positive change in their communities and work for their effective implementation.

It is also designed to enable young people to be heard by district, provincial and national governments as an alternate youth perspective on various national and international issues, in an apolitical fashion.

Mr Shahbaz works to coordinate the presence of ICM across Pakistan, and was delighted to be part of the process in helping to shape the Youth Parliament of Pakistan.

“It was really good to see young people expressing their ideas for the betterment of both their region and Pakistan on the whole. I am sure they can play a vital role in the nation-building process”, he said.

By Heidi Lees-Bell

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