NA Speaker urges young parliamentarians to play their role in country's progress

ISLAMABAD, June 11, 2014: The level of debate in the Parliament has gone up in the recent years with more young parliamentarians being elected to the House. These views were expressed by the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while speaking to the ceremony held to reactivate the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) today at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS).

The Speaker said that he believed in the capacities of young parliamentarians and therefore he nominated half of the members of Parliamentary Friendship Groups from younger age group keeping in view their enthusiasm and energies. He said that all political parties and each province would be given representation in the executive council of YPF. He noted that the YPF of 13th National Assembly had played an active role and made good impression of the country during their foreign visit to United States, European Union and NATO Headquarters in Brussels and to many other countries. He further stated that there were many donor agencies wanted to work with the Parliament and he would get the YPF through to them once they make up their yearly calendar of activities. He told young lawmakers that they can use the services of PIPS as support to their parliamentary functions.

The ceremony was also attended by the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Ms. Anusha Rehman, former Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, and Member National Assembly Asiya Nasir. The elections for the posts of President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer of YPF will be held tomorrow in the chamber of Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi.

While addressing to the ceremony, Ms. Asiya Nasir recalled her experiences as member of YPF in the previous National Assembly. She said it would be third term of YPF after successful experiences in 12th and 13th National Assemblies.