ISLAMABAD -  National Assembly Speaker, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, has said that it is a matter of great achievement and pride for him to finally see his idea of a regional Parliamentary alliance of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey taking a concrete shape, after a persistent labour of three years, when he had first proposed a Parliamentary forum of the respective countries to find meaningful solutions to the problems of the region.

“I am most grateful to my counterparts from these countries, who accepted my suggestion, and are gathering in Islamabad to hold a Joint Meeting of Speakers to address the challenges of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity from December 23rd to 25th, 2017 in Islamabad,” he added.

The Speaker expressed these views in his message on the occasion of the Speakers conference.

He said that the idea was based on the realisation of the importance of international linkages as the key starting point for the furtherance of the strategic and economic interests of all countries concerned through joint research, sharing of ideas and creating multilateral platforms of businessmen, academia and traders led by the representative Parliamentary leadership.

Sadiq said that peace, dialogue and interdependence were key precursors of a prospering society upon which rests the whole paradigm of sustainable development of the coming generations.

He further said that the vibrant nations of the six countries were not only tied by geographical proximity but their perpetual interdependence was also based on age-old civilisational heritage as well as geo-economic links of trade, tourism and culture spreading over centuries.

Sadiq expressed his optimism that Parliamentary leaderships alongwith the experts would successfully and effectively consider the common key challenges relating to terrorism and to explore new avenues for increased dialogue and connectivity for development.

He expressed that his counterparts were expected to exchange views on the entire spectrum of bilateral, regional and international issues in a warm, cordial and friendly manner by acknowledging the shared bonds; stressing that cooperation contributes to the strengthening of peace, prosperity and stability; agreeing to further strengthen collaboration within the framework of the UN, the SCO, and other regional and international organisations.

The Speaker also reaffirmed that terrorism could not and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group.

He expressed the willingness to help promote dialogue, trust and confidence with a view to addressing the common challenge of terrorism in a comprehensive manner. The Speaker welcomed the Parliamentary delegations from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia and Turkey by seizing the opportunity by accepting his invitation inspired from Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s pragmatism reminding us that “Jahan-e-Taza Ki Afkar-e-Taza Se Hai Namood” (New world is created on the premise of new thoughts).