KARACHI: Sports & Youth Affairs Department Government of Sindh & Youth Parliament under the supervision of Youth Parliament Debate Council organized a three day”Young Leaders Parliamentary Debate” on Asian Parliamentary Debate format.
The event was graced by Syed Nasir Hussain Shah (Minister for Works & Services – Government of Sindh) as Chief Guest. The guest of honors included Dr. Arif Siddiqui (Vice Chancellor – Barrett Hodgson University), Dr. Atta ur Rehman (Former Chairman HEC, Renowned Scientist & Educationist), Mr. Aftab Siddiqui (Member National Assembly – Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf), Ms. Rubina Qaim Khani (Member Provincial Assembly – Pakistan Peoples Party), Mr. Abdul Haseeb Khan (Former Senator, Business Leader), Commodore Akbar Naqi, Colonel Rizwan Ahmed (Registrar – Barrett Hodgson University), Syed Turab Shah (Renowned Journalist).
Speaking at the ceremony the Chief GuestSyed Nasir Hussain Shah (Minister for Works & Services – Government of Sindh) appreciated the efforts of Youth Parliament for running such programmes for the youth. “The youth of Pakistan can do wonders. They only need proper guidance and platform which Youth Parliament is providing. Youth must be stay strong and positive to enter the political arena of the country”, he added.
Welcoming the guests Chairman Youth ParliamentRizwan Jaffar said: “Youth Parliament has organized many debate competitions, TV Shows and events but this is the first time we organized the Parliamentary Debate. I congratulate and appreciate the efforts of Mr. Raheel Akhtar and Youth Parliament Debate Council for organizing such a vibrant three day parliamentary debate event”.
Convener Youth Parliament Debate CouncilRaheel Akhter said; “The aim of conducting Young Leaders Parliamentary Debate event was to promote parliamentary debate culture in Karachi and to provide a platform to youth where they can exchange ideas, learn about democratic culture, diplomacy, national & international affairs, researching, public speaking, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities”.
“Debating culture promote true representation of youth and generates true leadership”, said Aftab Siddiqui (Member National Assembly – Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf). He appreciated and congratulated Youth Parliament for its initiatives and assured his complete support.
Dr. Atta ur Rehman (Renowned Scientist) said: “The Parliamentary Debate is a very productive competition. Such kind of debate show case real talent, intelligence and thinking capacity of youth which helps creating leaders for the future”. “Divergence is not good for society we must adopt discipline to move the country towards success and prosperity”. he added.
Dr. Arif Siddiqui (Vice Chancellor – Barrett Hodgson University) said, “I congratulate the team of Youth Parliament and Barrett Hodgson University for conducting Young Parliamentary Debate on very important topics related to the society. This kind of events will improve the thinking skills of our youth”.
Ms. Rubina Qaimkhani (Member Provincial Assembly – Pakistan Peoples Party) said, “Youth Parliament team is not only providing training and help to the youth of Sindh, but is helping the youth of Pakistan. Those who are sitting here today will become MPAs, MNAs and senators tomorrow”.
The opening ceremony of Young Leaders Parliamentary Debate was held at Barrett Hodgson University where Mr. Majid Aziz (Renowned Industrialist) graced the event as Chief Guest. It was the first time when 26 teams competed in any Parliamentary Debate Championship of Karachi. The team of NED University won the championship and Jinnah Sindh Medical University team was runner up. The Young Leaders Parliamentary debate was concluded with Awards Ceremony & Group Photo.