In the letter 'Put a (tracking) chip on shoulder' (dated November 21, 20090 the writer has alleged that members of a Youth Parliament of Pakistan gone on a study visit to United Kingdom had not returned to Pakistan. PILDAT ( as the secretariat of the Youth Parliament wishes to set the record straight as a response to these completely unfounded claims. The Youth Parliament Pakistan ( is a platform for Pakistani youth aimed at inculcating the culture and values of democracy in youth to prepare them for future leadership roles. Patterned after the National Assembly of Pakistan, members are chosen from across Pakistan. It has its own Leader of the House, Leader of Opposition, Youth Cabinet, Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Committees. The study visit of Youth Parliament of Pakistan to UK took place from July 19-25 and was organized and facilitated by PILDAT ( with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK through the British High Commission, Islamabad. A distinguished member of the Youth Parliament Steering Committee, Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, Member and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, was part of the entire 5-day study visit while Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, an MNA of PML-N, was another member of the Steering Committee who took part in proceedings of the first day of the study visit while on a personal visit to London. The objective of the study visit was to understand the working of the British political system and engage in a meaningful dialogue with their counterparts in the British youth, especially in the Pakistani diaspora, on issues of mutual concern and interest. After returning to Pakistan, the members of the delegation prepared a detailed report of the study visit and shared the lessons not only inside the Youth Parliament but also during their interactions with the President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan with whom the Youth Parliament met with on August 08, 2009 in Islamabad. -AHMAD ZAIDI, Islamabad, November 26.