ISLAMABAD – A parliamentary delegation led by Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari has left for Uganda to participate in the upcoming 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Assembly that is scheduled to be held from March 31 to April 5.

The parliamentary delegation, comprising both the members of the National Assembly and the Senate, will actively participate in the discussions regarding political, economic and social issues.  The overall theme of IPU is “Parliaments and people: bridging the gap”.  Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari will address the IPU Assembly to apprise the participants about the agenda. Besides this, panel discussions will also take place in which issues like young children: ‘the role of parliamentary union and introducing the legislation for the response to AIDS: zero new infectors zero discrimination and zero AIDS- related deaths’ would come under discussion.

Moreover, an emergency item has also been placed on the agenda regarding the Syrian Golan, occupied since 1967, promoting an inter-Parliamentary contribution to the efforts of the UN, Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and international efforts to halt the bloodshed and killing in Syria, and forging an inter-Parliamentary initiative based on respect for international law and international humanitarian law, the situation in Syria, the role of Parliamentarians in strengthening regional and international efforts to halt the violence and killing in Syria and to support the Arab League Plan for a peaceful transition of power.  On the sidelines, the Chairman Senate will also hold meetings with his counterparts from different countries to inform them on the core issue of Kashmir and role played by Pakistan in war against terrorism for ensuring regional as well as global peace.

 and stability.

Other members of the Parliamentary delegation include Senator Baz Muhammad Khan and Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo representing the Upper House the Parliament.

While Faisal Karim Kundi Deputy Speaker National Assembly and MNAs Dr. Abdul Wahid Soomro, Ms Surayia Jatoi, Mrs Behlum Hasnain, Waseem Akhtar and Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk are the other members of the delegation from the Lower House of the Parliament. The IPU was established in 1889 as a forum for promoting the concepts of peace and international arbitration.

As an international organization of Parliaments of sovereign states, the IPU is considered a useful platform for dialogue and is contributing in the advancement of international cooperation and creating understanding on issues being faced by the world.