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Peace on lips, youth heads to Pakistan convention

Utsav Kashyap, a Class XII student of a city school, has been invited to participate in the 2nd South Asian Youth Conference-2012 in Pakistan.

Around 120 students, who have created a niche in development work, from South Asia would participate in the six-day summit at Islamabad. It will start from November 5.

The 18-year-old student of the CBSE wing of International School would voice his opinion on international peace and security.

“If I am selected to deliver a speech at the inaugural session, I would speak on international peace and security. Having witnessed India-Pakistan relations. I would like to speak on this issue. My dream is to see the two countries coming closer,” Kashyap said.

South Asian Youth Conference aims at highlighting unresolved issues, incomplete conversations and possibilities of partnership between south Asian nations.

The selection process for the summit is completely online. Kashyap was selected after organisers of the summit asked him a few questions based on his previous participations in similar meets, leadership skills and willingness to participate in the Pakistan convention.

Kashyap said he wanted to be a part of the summit because the event was being hosted by Pakistan. “I want to spread the message of brotherhood between the two countries. I want to make this visit a memorable one,” the teenager added.

During the six-day conference, Kashyap said, workshops, projects, inter-cultural performances, interaction with local leaders and international speakers would be organised.

“I am proud to be a part of the event and representing Bihar. I want to be among those young leaders who believe in changing their communities. Islamabad tour would be an added attraction,” he said.

The summit would be organised by Peace Child International, Juvenile Dignitaries and Blue Ribbon Movement, in association with the ministry of information and broadcasting, Pakistan, and National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan.

Kashyap has also been selected for the International Youth Leadership Conference, which will be held from November 24 in Dubai.

The focus of the six-day conference would be on international security and youth leadership.

The city student has also participated in the second Indian Student Parliament in Pune in January. He had delivered a speech on “Join Politics. Lead India”. He was also part of the International Youth Forum, New Delhi.