PRESS RELEASE, June 7, 2022
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Youth Parliament Pakistan visited Islamabad Policy Research Institute on Tuesday, and was debriefed on the activities and scope of Pakistan’s premier think tank. The delegation was led by Ubaid Qureshi, President Youth Parliament of Pakistan, who expressed his interest in learning more from IPRI’s research work, and called for documenting a framework of interaction to project Pakistan’s case in a refreshing and realistic manner before the world at large.
IPRI’s Executive Director Dr Hussain Nadim highlighted the input of his think tank, and said that it is now more focused on a theme of synthetic research on the premise of data, innovation and technology. He said that founded in 1999, IPRI is Pakistan’s only internationally-recognized think tank rated at 74th in world ranking. It has signed 31 MoUs with more than 20 countries, and is the first one in Pakistan to have a digital library.
Brig. (retd) Naveed Ali, in his presentation, called upon the youth to carefully choreograph a narrative that is sellable in Europe, and one that should portray the real face of Pakistan. He urged that there is no need to indulge in sensitivities of Europe as the world is increasingly tilting towards nationalism and extremism. He pointed out that labour-intense industry, human rights and scholarship at graduate levels are areas where focus should rest so that the maximum could be worked out with Europe and the United Kingdom.
Earlier, IPRI Research Associate Umar Khan spelt out that GSP-Plus status, Islamophobia, illegal migration, Kashmir dispute and Free Trade Agreement are avenues that have the maximum potential of interaction between Pakistan and the EU.