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Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan addresses the Youth Parliament Pakistan

Islamabad, August 07, 2009: Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressed the Youth Parliament Pakistan in the 5th session on the topic “Relations with the Neighboring countries-India and Afghanistan”. He answered the questions of the Youth Parliamentarians on key issues regarding the Kashmir dispute, water conflict between India and Pakistan, Pak-Afghan relations, after effects of Mumbai attacks and the impacts of the Sherm El Sheikh Conference.

Mr. Mustafa Mumtaz (YP35-PUNJAB16) moved the resolution to take steps to make the International Community recognize Durand Line as an International Border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Members forced the Government to revise the diplomatic channels to make their point recognized internationally. This resolution was adopted by the house after a heavy debate.

Another resolution was moved by Mr. Samir Anwar Butt (YP10-ICT01) and Mr. Zameer Malik (YP50-SINDH02) that urged the Pakistani Government to use all diplomatic resources to pressurize India into following the water treaty as to avoid the water boarding being practiced by India. During the debate members admitted the failure of previous Pakistani Governments to make their position clear and strong in front of the International communities. Moreover members also emphasized to spread the awareness of proper utilization of water resources among masses. This resolution was adopted by the house after debate.

In the session of Youth Parliament Mr. Waqqar Nayyar (YP05-BALOCHISTAN03), Chairman, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, presented the Committee’s recommendations report on the Foreign Policy. Report stated that our foreign policy should be more focused towards friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan and Government should also involve in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Afghanistan.

The motion moved by Mr. Abdullah Leghari (YP48-PUNJAB29) to discuss the implications on the peace process and the diplomacy channels of the meeting at the Sherm El Sheikh conference, Egypt between Pakistan-India Premiers. Chairman, Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs gave his statement about the motion that avenues to dialogue should be the best option to be adopted and the Sherm El Sheikh Conference is the good initiative for Pakistan’s perspective. 

Patterned after the National Assembly of Pakistan, the Youth Parliament Pakistan consists of 64 young men and women who represent the four provinces, FATA, FANA, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory in proportion to the population of these units. The Youth Parliament follows its own two-Party System, an elected Leader of the House or Youth Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, a Youth Cabinet, a Shadow Cabinet and Standing Committees.

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