BY SHIGRI JUNIOR
SKARDU: I feel that youth exchange program such as those organized by the National Youth Assembly (NYA) for its members are unparalleled tools for development of interpersonal skills and are a gauge of academic and professional skills.
This was said by Sahar Abbas advocate, who is youth parliamentary affairs at National youth Assembly Ghanche district, Gilgit-Baltistan.
"Especially, the honour to avail protocol of a “State Guest” can be an opportunity for someone of my age to boost the confidence level and generate an urge to think beyond boundaries," she added.
She further said being an active member of NYA (GB Chapter), she had represented Pakistan on various national and international forums. "Last year, I was given the opportunity to officially visit the state of Sudan." The invitation was extended by the General Sudanese Student’s Union (GSSU) which is the supreme official youth representative body of Govt. of Sudan working under the direct patronage of President of Sudan.
During interaction with top-notch officials, the sharing of ideas and identification of areas of mutual co-operation among youth platform of both countries by me (being a female from one of the remote areas of Pakistan) was highly applauded and encouraged.
While conducting visits of state level institutions, comprehensive briefing about the institutional development of Sudan with the spirit of self reliance was one of the unique experiences I had there.
Further, it was quite encouraging as well as surprising to experience that youth of Sudan has direct access to their President and other high-ups of their Govt. I have myself witnessed the presence of the President Omar al-Bashir on the event of 66th Anniversary and 15th Conference of GSSU.
During my stay I was overwhelmed by the respect, regard and affection paid by the Sudanese populace. It is pertinent to mention the untiring efforts of President NYA in creating a strong liaison between youth of Pakistan and those of Sudan.