1st NYSP, Lahore

Our National Summit Series

The National Youth Summit is the series introduce by the Center for Sustainability Research and Practice(CSRP) with the aim of bringing together policy makers, young people and relevant stakeholders to consider and discuss the role of young people in decision making and policy implementation with special focus on youth policy development before the next elections. The summit will bring together young people from all parts of Pakistan together. The main objective of the summits is to provide the young people with a platform where they discuss the role of young people in policy making alongside the policy makers. The summit will also provide young people with the opportunity to inform and influence policy makers on the issues that are impacting their lives. The summit will be an annual gathering  with equal representation of both males and females including the ethnic minorities.

1st National Youth Summit Pakistan 


The summit which started with an appreciated note of  Naseem Khan Achakzai, Director NYSP and CSRP, alongside Minister for Sports and Youth, Jahangir Khanzada, Lt. General (Retd) Shafahat Shah, and was proceeded for two days. The selected candidates examined inventive thoughts with policy makers and pertinent partners. Additionally, youth investigated new avenues to impact the experts and implanted resolutions for the shrouded complexities of political framework. The summit was an annual gathering of 165 young people with equal representation of both males and females including the ethnic minorities. The National Youth Summit was divided in to four main pillars, tackling topics of interest to the youth of Pakistan, creating a platform to express views, present ideas and share their experiences.  The main whole titled as ‘Challenges faced by Youth: Means to overcome towards building a better future’ got speakers named as Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Dr. Fouzia Waqar, Mr. Fashat and Mansoor Azam Qazi. Dr. Fouzia Waqar underlined the role of women in making establishments where the legislature has put 15% quota and examined the Fair Representation Act.The exchange recommended that women is the actual backbone which could assemble an extension to both thriving and poise of any country. The base 33% portrayal of women in the state mechanical assembly isn’t fundamental for state fabricating however SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) also. After that, Mansoor Azam Qazi delivered his motivational speech where he discussed the role of youth in policy making spectrum and some other ground realities. He suggested measures to overcome the problems being faced by young generation, in which he explored his life experiences. He also discussed “Paigham-e-Pakistan” which we can say a sort of fatwa sought by Government of  Pakistan to counter the prevailing narrative of terrorism. He recognized his significance as 1,800 religious scholars has signed it and is prepared by Islamic University Islamabad. In addition to that, he discussed Mashal Khan case and the court verdict along the role of youth in any platform. According to him, a youth is trustees of both prosperity and posterity if and only they decide to do so. No power on earth can undo the resolve of determined young minds. Initially day of summit finished with the recognition of  Dr. Asma Jahangir which strived for the duration of her life to put resolve for manage of law and popular government. Promote on, a supper was masterminded appoints by Sports and Youth Minister Jahanger Khanzada at the Swimming Pool Complex and it finished entertainingly with melodies of Patriotism, performed by the individuals from Music Society, UoL.

Activities in the other days of Summit

The second day of the summit began with the idea which the creating nations or third world infrequently takes after i.e., the hypothesis of Postmodernism. The acknowledgment of one’s subjective truths is the main route forward which must be recognize as well as spread too. Lamentably, the current learning is socially organized and our degrees are most appropriate for the reason. We will be called as proficient and instructed one we wind up ready to separate amongst humankind and forced esteems; generally the entire framework will act a place of cards. The main board was titled as ‘How about we settle on a truce: Ethics of Disagreement, Promoting Inclusion and Countering Violent Extremism in Youth.’ This a sort of fishbowl discussion where the speakers included Shaheryar Afridi, Romina Khursheed Alam, Nida Mahmood, Maria Iqbal while Naseem Khan Achakzai went about as an arbitrator. Shaheryar Afridi turned into the most unmistakable speaker of the session where his discourse got expansive number of adulation.

He underlined on his part not as a component of any political gathering but rather as a capable worldwide resident which constrained him to talk about an extensive variety of issues like that of fanaticism in youth, the westernized culture, the estimation of contradiction, part of religion in our lives, the motivation behind our instruction and qualities which we have long overlooked for occupied life. His comments were ‘Backpedal to your underlying foundations. You are not an inch not as much as some other individual of this world. What lacking is the need to upgrade our qualities, the historical backdrop of our progenitors, the engaged needs and regard which we have to indicate both for older folks and ladies.’ His end note said that we should not demonstrate pejorative conduct towards any human on the surface of earth regardless of what the shading, sexual orientation, instructive capability and religion of the individual is. The following session was about ‘Exchange among Generation’. Here again Shaheryar Afridi toss comprehensive light upon the issue. He shared his involvement in India where the culmination was hung on four issues i.e., Police changes, part of media, farming and Tourism. Tragically, the scope was not hung via web-based networking media while the opposition saw an exemplary execution of Pakistan. The second last session included Abu Bakar, Sofia Anjum, Rabia Akhtar, Asim Nawaz Abbasi while Iqra Shaukat went about as arbitrator. The title of the session was called as ‘Part of Women and Youth in accomplishing SDGs’. The board concentrated on the structure of SDGs and its noteworthiness in Pakistani diaspora with more centered significance around the ladies strengthening.

The last session was tied in with ‘Rebranding Pakistan and the Role of Media’ where the introduction of Retd. Lt. Shhabat contributed numerous experiences on the subject and included complexities. The need of great importance is to comprehend legislative issues of story and aptitudes to produce counter-account on the off chance that we need to comprehend the worldwide discussion and universal governmental issues, the speaker of session accentuated the most. The Closing Ceremony of two days summit was held in University of Lahore where every one of the way of life of Pakistan were exhibited and a message of amicability and peace was sent to the country. On the Closing Remarks Chairman Board of Governors, UOL Awais Rauf stated, “we will keep on calling the adolescent broadly and Internationally finished such Platforms since they are the ones who will lead tomorrow.” Certificates were disseminated among the youthful members and after a cricket match to advance sound physical exercises among youth, the representatives sat off  for their goals. At the end of summit delegates from across the country thanked Govt of Punjab, CSRP and all other stake holders which arranged such a prestigious summit for the youth. Delegates also emphasized that such types of summits or events must be held on regular basis as they create harmony between the people of different cultures and ethnicities and of course between the provinces as well.

  • Networking
  • Youth Talks
  • Activities
some videos and media coverage


Mr. Awais Raoof
Chairman BOG, University of Lahore & CSRP

We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

Jehangir Khanzada
Minister for Youth and Sports Punjab

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. .

Mr Shehbaz Sharif
Former Chief Minister of Punjab

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Sana Jamali
Member of Senate of Pakistan

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

Mushahid Hussain
Member of Senate of Pakistan

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Shibli Faraz
National assembly secretariat

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.


Our Team

Naseem Khan Achakzai

Naseem is the Founding Director of Center for Sustainability Research and Practice, UOL and the Founder of the International Youth Summit Series. He holds a Masters degree in Public administration and is also a Commonwealth Scholar for MSc Poverty Reduction at SOAS, University of London.

Elyas Kakar

He started his career with Capital TV as Social Media Executive. Being an effective social media practitioner, Elyas has a service-oriented mindset and has organized several projects for various organizations. He has also conducted various non-profit fundraising projects; he has also worked on cordial ties with political mainstream and members of civil society. Youth empowerment and SDGs are his main area of focus.

Saddam Shah

Studying Defence and Strategic Studies at QAU, Islamabad. He writes in Balochistan Voices and CPSD and a member of National Youth Assembly, Pakistan. Social Activist, Writer and actively participates in youth events. “Contribute through all means of knowledge for the well-being of people around and on the earth”

Ume Kulsoom

Student of MBBS at BMC, Quetta and Graduate of kinnaired College, Lahore. Writer, Public Speaker, Social Activist. The motto of Ume Kulsoom: “The world gives the givers, and takes away from the takers. The sole purpose of my life is to just become a “giver” (inspired by Qaiser Abbas).

Sheeraz Ahmed

He has done B.E Civil Engineering. Recently, he is pursuing career-prep fellowship from Amal Academy. Besides, He participated in an International conference named as International Youth Summit Lahore that was themed as Sustainability, Peace and Education. His area of interests are Role of Pakistani Youth in Governance, Education and Water Crisis. Because of such interests, he works with local organizations and sensitization campaigns. “Young and efficient person believes in working for social, moral and systematic reforms, needed to make the society worth living”