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Political role of youth to strengthen democracy
Political role of youth to strengthen democracy

LAHORE: (Wednesday, November 29, 2023): Punjab University Department of Social Work in collaboration with Peace and Education Foundation (PEF) has organized the book launch ceremony of its latest publication “Democracy and Pakistani Youth” here on Wednesday. On this occasion, PU VC Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood, Chairperson Department of Social Work Prof Dr Uzma Ashiq, Director PEF Ghulam Murtaza, Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Arshad, faculty members and a large number of students were present. In his address, PU VC Dr Khalid Mahmood commended the insights shared during the book launch event. He emphasized the critical role of academic institutions in nurturing a democratic ethos among the youth and reiterated the university's commitment to fostering an environment that encourages active civic engagement. Dr Uzma Ashiq in her remarks articulated the aspirations and concerns of the youth, advocating for more inclusive platforms to amplify their voices. She said that the dialogue encompassed proactive measures, collaborative strategies, and innovative approaches to empower youth as key stakeholders in shaping Pakistan's democratic future. Ghulam Murtaza briefed on the importance of engaging youth in the democratic discourse of the country. He discussed about the parameters to understand societal intolerance among youth and discussed the contributions of PEF to fill the gap in engaging youth from diverse sectors. He emphasized the crucial role of youth in democratic system and how the non-involvement of youth in democracy has led to the constant instability of democratic system in Pakistan. Dr Muhammad Arshad acknowledged the pertinent initiative of PEF to progress Islam and Democracy in the country through this book and acknowledged PEF’s fight for human rights, and democracy over multiple platforms. Project Manager Irsa Shafiq also emphasized on engaging youth for strengthening democratic system and values in Pakistan. Muhammad Hussain the author of the book provided a comprehensive review that highlights the book's core focus: enriching the youth's comprehension of Pakistan's democratic system and its inherent values. He said that democracy is not a concept, it is a political system. Director Centre for Social Development and Social Entrepreneurship Dr Tahira Jabeen highlighted the dual responsibility of both the youth and society in fostering a healthy democratic environment. She encouraged youth’s active political participation from young individuals in civic engagement, advocating for their voices to be heard and respected in the democratic process.