Youth Parliament Pakistan

Introduction and Overview 


Even though Youth make the largest chunk of Pakistan’s population and registered voters in 18 to 29 years cohort form the largest of all age cohorts, Youth voter turnout remains abysmally low in Pakistan. PILDAT, which has consistently invested in building youth’s leadership potential and understanding of the democratic process through 16 Youth Parliaments Pakistan, strongly believes that in order to strengthen Pakistan’s electoral process and to make it more inclusive, it is imperative that every state and political entity plays an effective role to increase Youth participation in elections. 


As a platform invested in leadership development and democratic participation of youth, Youth Parliament Pakistan is focusing on the key issue of youth voting to be able to contribute to maximise youth’s participation in the elections in Pakistan. Youth Parliament Pakistan believes all actors including political parties, ECP, national and provincial governments, and media must join hands to accelerate youth’s meaningful engagement in the electoral and democratic process in Pakistan.  


Who Should Attend? 

The YPP Online Symposium is open to anyone interested in learning about Why Young People Don’t Vote? The Online Symposium is especially useful for Pakistanis, Overseas Pakistanis, civil service aspirants and officials, students, foreign missions and Pakistani missions abroad, election commissions, policy makers and anyone simply interested in learning about the topic more. The online symposium is open to anyone including the following:


       Pakistanis and Overseas Pakistanis

       Students of Economics, Politics, Law, International Relations, etc.

       First Time Voters

       Young Pakistanis aspiring for Civil Service Exams

       Professionals working in the Development Sector

       Politicians and MPs

       Government Servants


       Media Professionals

       Think Tank Community

       Academics from various fields

What will the Symposium Entail? 

Click here to view English/Urdu Agenda

Speaker Profiles 

Mr. Usman Dar
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs

Mr. Bilal Gillani
Executive Director, Gallup Pakistan

Mr. Bilal Ijaz Gilani has served as Executive Director for Gallup Pakistan since 2009 and has obtained his master’s degree from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Mr. Bilal has managed key research studies including those pertaining to the development sector, socio-political and financial segments in the country and utilizes a broad portfolio of research knowledge for undertaking his responsibilities. Bilal has worked on multiple studies with tracking and trend analysis. Over the years, Mr. Gilani has had a growing research interest in Public Opinion Polling in Pakistan and has participated in compiling Gallup Pakistan’s Electoral Research for the 2002, 2008 and 2018 Elections. He is currently working on multiple complex projects within the fields of Politics, Media, Education, Financial Inclusion and Health etc. at Gallup.

Ms. Nighat Siddique
Additional Director General, Gender & Social Inclusion Wing Election Commission of Pakistan

How to Join? 

The Online Symposium is being held virtually according to the following plan: 


Day & Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time & Duration: 02:00 pm – 4:00 pm (PKT)

Mode of Conduct: Online Via Zoom

Last Date for Registration
Registration is closed now 

About Youth Parliament Pakistan(YPP) 


The Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP) was launched by PILDAT in 2005 and so far, 16 batches consisting of about 1,000 young men and women have benefitted from this unique experience. The aim of Youth Parliament Pakistan is to strengthen Pakistani nationalism within the youth especially in these times when scepticism and self-doubt is being spread among the youth. The YPP aims to reinforce faith and confidence amongst the future political, corporate, business, legal and technological leaders of the country and give them a platform to develop and bolster their vision for Pakistan. Based on this foundation, Young people learn through the Youth Parliament on how to become active citizens and build successful careers as they are empowered to understand global, regional and local challenges of today and tomorrow and inspired to address these as next generation of leaders.


The 17th Youth Parliament Pakistan consists of young men and women of 18-29 years of age. It will serve the purpose of a truly shadow youth parliament modeled after the National Assembly of Pakistan. The YPP is in process of receiving Expression of Interests (EoI) to select 300 of the brightest young individuals belonging to 272 National Assembly constituencies, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Overseas Pakistanis. Find out more information about the upcoming Youth Parliament at The last date to submit your EoI for YPP is December 17, 2021.


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