ISLAMABAD - Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that parliamentary diplomacy and inter-parliamentary contacts are of undeniable importance to counter the challenges faced by the modern world. 

“Parliaments being the representatives of the people need to be proactive and collaborative to meet the socio-economic need of the masses,” said Speaker National Assembly, expressing his views during a meeting with President of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron who called on him at Islamabad. 

He also stressed for immediate attention of the international community towards gross human rights abuses being committed by the tyrant Indian forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIJOK).

The Speaker said that Pakistan believes in peace and wants settlement of outstanding issues through dialogue while upholding respect for human rights. He said that the suffering of the people of IIJOK necessitates the international community to take cognisance of the prevailing human rights situation. 

He said that the Indian government has unilaterally changed the constitutional status of IIOJ&K and opened up a new flood gate of atrocities and barbarism in the occupied territory. The Speaker also drew attention of the IPU president towards Indian ceasefire and noted that continuous lockdown of the valley is violation of international protocols and treaties.

He also asked for immediate despatch of a delegation of IPU Parliamentarians to Occupied Kashmir to assess the situation on ground. 

Stronger Pakistan-Mexico ties stressed

The Speaker said that parliamentary diplomacy will pave for the establishment of peace and bringing sustainable development for all. He said that the incumbent government believed in parliamentary supremacy and resolving issues through the Parliament. He said that COVID-19 pandemic has brought the whole world together due to its colossal effects. He stressed the need for parliamentary cooperation to rectify the disasters inflicted by COVID-19. The Speaker also sought Mexican support for candidature of Chairman Senate for election for the post of President IPU. 

He mentioned that the instant visit of the IPU President approves Pakistani effort to bring peace and stability in the region and globally. He congratulated the President of IPU on 130th anniversary of its establishment. 

He said that Pakistan and Mexico have always been enjoying cordial relations which were based upon mutual trust and cooperation. He stressed on the need to make ties between Pakistan and Mexico more beneficial for both the nations.

 

The President of the Inter- Parliamentary Union Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron appreciated the Speaker’s effort for making parliamentary diplomacy and parliamentary contacts more effective. She applauded the strategy of the incumbent government to tackle the scourge of COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. She mentioned that Pakistani Parliament has been an active member of the IPU.  She resolved to have close collaboration with the parliament of Pakistan to make parliamentary intervention more effective in the region. She also expressed her gratitude to Pakistani people and incumbent government for warm welcome and hospitality