By Engr. Tabish Abbasi.
Pakistan is a country where more than 60% of population is youth. Pakistan, like many other regional countries, has been facing issues due to several reasons such as lack of interest of educated youth in country’s politics, policy making process and socialism.
There was a time in Pakistan when doctor, engineers, lawyers and many other technical degree holders were thought to be working in their respective fields only, but now time has been changed. Many forums has been formed in country which helped educated youth to play their part in all fields by building interest in them and by providing them fair chances and opportunities.
After ousting of Ex Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan, Muhamamd Nawaz Shreef, Engr Shahid Khaqan Abbasi became PM of Pakistan. An engineer Prime Minister of the country… it changed thinking of masses who always supposed that engineer could only be Engineer.
Youth Parliament (YP) Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) was first of all other platforms for youth in Pakistan which developed its cabinets in every university of Pakistan.
YP Pakistan is only a platform, having representation from every university of Pakistan and AJK. Many engineers from AJK and Pakistan are members and designation holders of Youth Parliament. Parliament provided best chance to Engineers to serve their country and play their role in progress of country, participating from each nook and corner of the country.
Main achievement of youth is reservation of 20% seats for youth in upcoming local bodies’ election of AJK.
Following are the engineers, who received awards for being Youth Parliamentarians and their positive and active role for betterment and development of Nation
- Tabish Abbasi (Electrical Engineer)
Tabish Abbasi is student of MS Power Engineering in Mirpur University of Sciences & Technology (MUST) Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, he graduated from same university electrical engineering in 2016. Currently, Mr. Abbasi is serving as Campuses Secretary for Youth Parliament AJK & Islamabad. Tabish Abbasi is awarded with “Best Cabinet Member Award” recently during the oath taking ceremony of YP Pakistan for his continuous efforts for supporting “Right to Free Education” in AJK & Pakistan. He is founder member of Progressive Youth Movement in AJK which aims to provide free education to each and every child in the State of AJK. In future, he aspires to serve the country by opting field of politics, for which he has decided to contest in upcoming local bodies’ election in AJK.
- Engr Ubaid Qureshi (Civil Engineer)
Engr Ubaid Qureshi has recently completed his civil engineering degree from University of Lahore (UOL) Islamabad Campus. Qureshi is recently working with Senator Mohtarma Seher Kamran as Honorary Coordinator for youth, political and social affairs. He also contested WYMD leadership board elections from Asia in 2016. He is youngest coordinator of PPP AJK. Currently, he is Secretary General of Youth Parliament Pakistan appointed by Governor Sindh, Zubair Umer. He was also awarded with “Award of Excellence” by Ex Prime Minister of Tunisia, Hammadi Jabeli. in 2017
- Engr Bilal Sheikh (Software Engineer)
Bilal Sheikh has graduated from University of Lahore (UOL) Islamabad Campus recently. Bilal is political and social activist in Muzafarabad, the Capital of AJK. Currently, he is serving as Secretary Finance in central cabinet of Youth Parliament AJK & Islamabad Chapter. He played very important role in youth internships in senate for duration of one year initiated from year 2018. He wants to serve the country by opting field of politics, for which he has decided to contest in upcoming local bodies’ election in AJK. Bilal sheikh is recently awarded as Best activist of AJK by Member Kashmir Council, Younus Mir in ceremony held at Pak Turk Schools, Chak Shahzad campus.
- Engr Khawaja Hamza Ahmed (Civil Engineer)
Khawaja Hamza Ahmed graduated in civil engineering from MUST, Mirpur AJK and now doing masters in Energy Management from Bahria University Islamabad. He is famous social and human rights activist from Azad Kashmir, currently part of many social and human right activist teams. He wants to serve the country in field of energy as Pakistan is facing real energy threats now a days. For this, he chose Youth Parliament Pakistan as his medium to reach to the Parliament of Pakistan. He was awarded as “Best Cabinet Member Award” as he was first to setting Youth Parliament in MUST.
- Engr Haider Ali Abbasi (Electrical Engineer)
Engr Haider Ali is student of MS Power Engineering in Mirpur University of Sciences & Technology (MUST) Mirpur, AJK. He graduated from same university in electrical engineering in 2016. Currently Haider Abbasi is serving as Vice President of Youth Parliament MUST Mirpur Chapter. He joined YP with aim to be parliamentarian as politics is supposed to be most influencing field in our country on overall development and progress of the country. He received “Best Performance Award” from Sardar Masood Khan, President AJK, on Feb 5th during Kashmir Day event at MUST.
- Eshrat Ul Islam (Software Engineer)
Eshrat ul Islam is a student of Software Engineering in Mirpur University of Sciences & Technology (MUST), Mirpur AJK. She joined Youth Parliament with aim to pay her positive role towards better policies of government towards LOC areas in Azad Kashmir. She, herself belongs to Nakyal, a city on LOC in Kotli district of AJK. She wants to become future politician as she knows the problems and issues which people of LOC are facing in daily routine and according to her she has best plans to resolve those issues. She received award for “Best Content Writer on LOC Violations” in an event conducted on Kashmir Day at MUST.