A group of 40 young Christians from the united Church of Pakistan, the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, and the Roman Catholic Church have met to discuss the country’s forthcoming general elections. The event, on the role of young people in nation building in Pakistan, was organised by the National Council of Churches in Pakistan and the Christian Conference of Asia with the Centre for Social Justice. Organisers say it was designed to build awareness among young Christians and encourage them “to exercise their democratic rights to choose the future leaders of the country.”
The young people heard from Sunila Ammar, CCA Programme Consultant, who spoke about the “vital role the young Pakistanis could play in building the future of the nation”. She outlined various issues in Pakistan’s present context.
The General Sectary of NCCP, Victor Azaria, said that Christians in Pakistan, although a minority, should participate in strengthening democratic governance for which exercising their voting right was one of the most important factors.
Fahad Shahbaz and Kafeel Rana from the Youth General Assembly spoke on the need for youth to play their part in the strengthening of Pakistan’s democracy, more so as the democratic pillars of the country were facing dire internal and external threats now. They urged the youth to actively participate in the forthcoming elections in order to form a truly democratic government.
They also heard directly from political parties, as representatives from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan People’s Party shared their election manifestos with the participants and explained their parties’ plans and programmes for the youth from religious minority communities.