Pakistan Youth Hostel
Formation of Association In Pakistan:
In Pakistan , a Youth Hostels Committee was appointed by the Punjab Government to re-organize the Association. The Pakistan Youth Hostels Association was formed in December 1951. Mr. E.K. John Catchpole of the International Youth Hostel Federation was specially invited in the inaugural function. Later, Pakistan Youth Hostels Association was affiliated with the International Youth Hostel Federation, and the first Youth Hostel in Pakistan was constructed in 1951-52 in Bhurban, under the patronage of Mr. U. Karamat, the then Vice Chancellor of Punjab University.
CHARACTER OF THE ASSOCIATION :
The Pakistan Youth Hostels Association is a non-profit, non-political, voluntary body which is financed by PYHA Trust private contributions and by the Government of Pakistan. It has a private voluntary character in the sense that it determines its own policy, is wholly self governing, gives its members a share in leadership, is not subject to State direction or control and derives its discipline through mutual consensus, as is inherent in all private voluntary associations. It is registered under the Societies' Act 1860 and is recognized by the Government of Pakistan as a national organization for promoting youth hostelling in the country. It is governed by its Constitution.
The objectives of the Association are
To set up youth hostels which provide inexpensive shelter as a means of encouraging travel by young people, particularly the students to the places of historical, recreational and cultural interest, inculcate among them love for the Country and to encourage inter-Provincial visits and provide recreational facilities as well;
To promote better understanding between town and village dwellers and people of various regions;
To develop the tourist potential of the country and to assist in popularizing, among the people, sites of tourist value and importance.
To promote better international understanding of each others economic and historical problems, among the youth of members countries, in accordance with the rules of the IYHF and the Law in Pakistan;
To organize workshops, seminars and leadership training programmes for the budding leaders of the country; and
To make them law abiding citizen the country;
Any other object which the Association may adopt in conformity with the laws of the land and the rules of the International Youth Hostel Federation.