KARACHI – The youth of Pakistan is seen as a resource in the western countries but unfortunately we are not making the most of this resource which is hindering the growth of Pakistan. This was stated by the Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, at the Karachi Youth Forum held here today.
He said that the youth of Karachi is exceptionally talented but they need to be channelized towards positive activities and Karachi Youth Forum is a platform where activism and volunteerism can be promoted.
Karachi Youth Forum was organized by the Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) and Chanan Development Association (CDA) for the youth of Karachi. Around 150 young boys and girls from different areas of Karachi attended the forum where they were given a unique chance to discuss the peace and law and order issues of the city with media representatives, civil society members, local administration and politicians of different political parties.
In addition to Commissioner Karachi, Deputy Commissioner – Dr. Saif-ur-Rehman, PPP’s Sharmila Farooqi, MQM’s Faisal Sabzwari, PTI’s Naz Baloch interacted with the participants and answered their questions.
From civil society and media, Founder & Chairman of Youth Parliament – Rizwan Jaffar, Journalist Faheem Siddiqui, Project Manager of Youth Empowering Spaces (YES), Nooruddin Merchant and President of Chanan Development Association (CDA), Shahzad Khan, addressed the young participants and listened to their opinions.
There were different sessions of discussion between the panelists and the youth on the burning issue of Karachi i.e. unrest and bloodshed across the city. The young participants from Lyari were specifically vocal and highly concerned about the prevailing unrest in the area.
Sharmila Farooqi praised the role and concerns of Lyari youth for their area and she believed that the youngsters will not only lead the growth of area but Karachi as well.
Faisal Sabzwari appealed the youth of Karachi to come forward and play vital role in promoting peace culture in the city as it is the primary demand of Karachiites.
Naz Baloch said that the youth is waking up and they are able to distinguish between right and wrong. Now, they are required to actively participate in the mainstream affairs of the city because their voice and opinion is the most important.
The Karachi Youth Forum provided a platform to the youth of Karachi to channelize their opinion, suggestions and reservations about the prevailing law and order situation of the city to the people who are at helm of affairs and lead the country.