ISLAMABAD/BERLIN - The Senate Defence Committee led by its Chairman, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, visited Berlin and had good meetings with the Defence and Foreign Relations Committees of the German Parliament, said a press statement posted on the official website on Sunday.

The delegation also visited the SWP, German Institute for International Politics, the leading think tank of Berlin, as well as the Chief of the German Government Task Force on Afghanistan & Pakistan, Ackerman. 

During the delegation’s visit, Senator Mushahid Hussain lauded the role of Germany as the leader of the Europe, which has demonstrated vision and will to resolve pressing issues including defusing the confrontation with Syria and helping in the rapprochement with Iran. He also urged for a similar role of Germany in Afghanistan, promoting peace and reconciliation as well as capacity-building.

In an interaction with the German Parliamentarians, Hussain called for the establishment of Pakistan-German Parliamentary Friendship Group to institutionalise the relationship between the two parliaments adding that Germany’s role in helping Pakistan’s getting GSP Plus from the European Union was very commendable and highly appreciated by all the political parties.

In order to promote trade relations between Pakistan and Germany, Senator Mushahid Hussain proposed for the establishment of German-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce which would facilitate bilateral contacts between the two countries. He also supported Germany playing a pro-active role in Pakistan’s industrial sector and economy particularly in solar energy, science and technology, education and textiles.

Referring to Pakistan’s pivotal role in the region in the context of Afghanistan, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the biggest logistical operation after the World War-II will be undertaken in the region when 750,000 pieces of equipment and ammunition worth $35 billion would pass through Pakistan, adding that Islamabad’s cooperation and support were indispensable for ensuring a smooth and peaceful exit for the Nato/US forces from Afghanistan. He expressed concern that the scenario in Afghanistan could deteriorate if there is no adequate homework by the US and Nato.

The delegation also called for cooperation in defence production between Pakistan and Germany, adding that German machinery played invaluable role in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), Wah. The delegation also had a briefing by a unique organisation, namely, Parliamentary Commissioner for Armed Forces of the German Parliament, which acts like an ombudsman for the German armed forces.  The delegation also met Chief of the Task Force on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the German Foreign Office.

The Senate Defence Committee delegation comprises Senator Mushahid Hussain, Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senator Sabir Baloch, Senator Haji Adeel and Senator Sehar Kamran.