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Summary of Session


Session Five

September 05 -09, 2007, Islamabad

Prime Minister Mr. Shaukat Aziz and Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry host the Members of Youth Parliament

The Fifth Session
The fifth session presided by former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezai and Former Deputy Chairperson Dr. Noor Jehan Panezai met in Islamabad from Wednesday September 05 to Sunday September 09, 2007 at the Hotel Best Western, Islamabad.

The members met with the Prime Minister, Mr. Shaukat Aziz at Prime Minister’s House on Friday September 07, 2007. Addressing the members of Youth Parliament Pakistan (MYPs) here at Prime Minister’s House, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said that of the 160 million population of Pakistan 100 million were young people under 25 and as such they are an asset to the country. Emphasizing the role of Pakistani youth he stressed that they can play a very constructive role in image building and taking the country forward in the years ahead.

The MYPs also met with the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday September 08, 2007. Talking to members of Youth Parliament at the Supreme Court on Saturday, the CJP said that the expected completion of the five years of the National Assembly in November was a good sign.  “It is a healthy sign that the Parliament is completing its term for the first time in our history and the democratic institutions are strengthening. This is a sign of the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law in the country. I hope the democratic institutions will keep getting stronger”, he told the 60 members of Youth Parliament Pakistan.

The members of Youth Parliament engaged in an interactive session with the Chief Justice on “Role of the Judiciary and Rule of Law in Pakistan” in which the CJP highlighted that all the institutions of the state-the judiciary, executive and legislature needed to work independently within the parameters set by the Constitution and law. Only if these institutions work freely can the country make progress in the future. Each institution should harness and strive to encourage the independent working of the other institutions in harmony with each other. In response to the questions from the MYPs the CJP said that the Supreme Court was trying to reduce the delay in the disposal of cases and provide speedy action on cases brought before it. He also stated that the Access to Justice programme (AJP) has failed to achieve its objectives despite the huge amount of loan for this programme, mainly because of lack of monitoring of its implementation.

Senator Mushhaid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign and Kashmir Affairs; Federal Minister for Health, Mr. Nasir Khan; Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Secretary Information, PML-N and former Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan;  and Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, Executive Director, PILDAT also addressed the Members on the Key issues and Challenges Defining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy, Hazards of Tobacco Use, the Budget Process and Vision for Development and Challenges to Free and Fair Election in Pakistan coinciding with the topics of debate at the various sittings.

A number of resolutions were debated and a bill on AIDS prevention was introduced in the House. Proposals for related to Provincial Autonomy and the National Finance Commission Award were presented by the Minister for Law Parliamentary Affairs and human rights and Finance and subsequently adopted by the House. These proposals are now being forwarded to the government for consideration in the package of reforms being currently developed and to be placed before the national assembly of Pakistan.


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