First session of a series consultative workshop titled ” Vision Passu 2030″ was organised to develop village development goals and formulate strategies held at Sari silk route here in Islamabad today. The overarching aim of the workshop was engaging diaspora of village Passu, particularly the youth living in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in village development plan. The workshop was presided over by chairman Passu Development Organisation (PDO) and CEO of Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Pakistan Mr. Nawab Ali Khan. Professionals hailing from Passu Mrs Nabat Karim, a development practitioner working for UNICEF, Mr. Rehmat Ullah Beg, drug inspector, Mr. Mehrban Karim, Entrepreneur (Hospitality & Tourism sector),
Mr. Yaqoob Ali, Humanitarian & development practitioner working with UN-WFP, Mr. Arshad Ali a development practitioner worked with Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) and UN-FAO, Mr. Azam Tajik, development expert, Mr. Talib Shah, development practitioner working in health project in Kashmir, Mr. Mehmood Ali working with BRAC Pakistan, Mr. Nisar Ali, Chinse Language interpreter, Mr. Ijabat Shah, Mr. Kamal, a banker, Mr. Asif Sakhi, social activist and student leader, president PSA, RIPAL Mr. Ashiq Ali , Mrs . Paree Rehman, ophthalmologist and many other students including female students living the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Participatory tools and methodologies were employed to conduct the workshop. The workshop remained highly interactive, specifically young students actively participated in group work and made comprehensive presentations.
Mr. Yaqoob, Mr. Arshad, Mrs. Nabat and Mr. Shakil moderated the group activities. Youth participants of Passu living in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi hailed the initiative as they were provided opportunity to share their aspirations and voice their concerns regarding village development and future prospects particularly in the wake of CPEC. Students have termed it most rewarding experience interacting with the professionals of Passu and sharing their aspirations. Mr. Rehmat Ullah appreciated the efforts of organisers to provide a platform for the youth and other people living in the twin cities. Mr. Nawab Ali Khan presented vote of thanks particularly to Mrs. Nabat and Karim to providing venue for the workshop and hailed the efforts of volunteers to successfully organising the workshop.