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Peace, justice film Festival held

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Special Correspondent

Lahore: National Youth Peace Festival 2018 and National Tax Justice
Youth Film Festival held here on with collaboration of Oxfam Pakistan,
with sole objective to create awareness among university students and
youths to encourage ‘Direct Tax’ cultural in the country instead of
burdening the poor segments of the country with additional taxes
including ‘Sales Tax, Value-added tax, Income Tax and petroleum
levies. Member of Provincial assembly were participated in opening
ceremony of National Youth Peace Festival.

University students from all over the country participated in
Film-Festival and 19 Short-Films and documentaries were shortlisted to
be screened for contest with content theme to depict and highlight
tax-related miseries of people and misuse of tax collection on part of
elite leadership.

During his welcome remarks Mr. Adeel Qaiser, Program Director Oxfam in
Pakistan said, “Pro-poor tax laws and legislation along with a fair
tax system can only lead to better Pakistan. It is the duty of every
citizen of Pakistan to pay their fair share of tax; as it is the duty
of the Government of Pakistan to make sure that the tax rupees
collected is spent in a way that benefits the poor.”

Guest Speakers;Provincial Health Minister Punjab Dr. Yasmeen Rashid
joined event at Fight Inequality Talks, while, Member National
Assembly Ms. Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Member Provincial Assembly Ms.
SaniaAashiq and Member Provincial Assembly Ms. UzmaKardar went on say
that ‘Tax-System’ in our part of world is considered as very technical
but ‘National Tax Justice Youth Film Festival’ is being arranged to
aware youth of the country over injustices and exploitations on part
of country’s leadership. Tax-collection should be disbursed in right
directions including education and health instead of liquidating on
securities and luxuries of elite leadership.

Later, renowned singer and social activist, Jawad Ahmed stated that in
Pakistan, political leadership is doing politics on pretext of poor
public but no one bothers to devise policies in the interest of common
men, He has also launched his new song “Yeh Tera Na MeraHAi” focused
on inequalities in society.

Guest Speakers also distributed prizes among winning students of
documentary and short-film contest.In second half on eight
inequalities experts and young activist did talks. All talks were sole
focused on the inequalities in society and how we fight against these
inequalities.

Tax-System’ in our part of world is considered as very technical but
‘National Tax Justice Youth Film Festival’ is being arranged to aware
youth of the country over injustices and exploitations on part of
country’s leadership. Tax-collection should be disbursed in right
directions including education and health instead of liquidating on
securities and luxuries of elite leadership.

Chanan Development Association (CDA) is a national youth – led
organization, striving for meaningful participation & empowerment of
youth since 2004 and honored with International Award from UN
Secretary General – Ban Ki-Moon in 2012 and Commonwealth Asia Youth
Worker of the year 2015 for youth empowerment in Pakistan

Chanan Development Association (CDA) in collaboration with Sustainable
Social Development Organization (SSDO), Punjab Youth Council (PYC) and
Oxfam in Pakistan organized “9th National Youth Peace Festival (NYPF)
2018” with 500 young people from across Pakistan on “27th – 28th
November 2018” at Ali Auditorium, Ali Institute of Education,
Ferozepur Road – Lahore. The overall theme of the event was “Youth,
Peace and Sustainable Development”.

The first half of the event on 27 November 2018 was included on the
“National Tax Justice Youth Film Festival” in which short films of the
young people from across Pakistan were screened on the theme “Reward
Work – Not Wealth” while the rest of the day was included on “Reducing
Inequality Talks” with thematic experts and young leaders. The second
and last day of the event will be included keynote speeches and panel
discussions on “Status of Youth in Pakistan and their role for Peace
and Sustainable Development”.

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