LAHORE - Speakers of Punjab and KPK assemblies met here at Punjab Assembly on Wednesday and exchanged views on national issues.

They agreed to share expertise to explore natural resources in the four provinces besides promoting inter-provincial harmony which they thought was essential for country’s solidarity.

The two speakers were in unison on the need to attach utmost priority to education which they viewed as a pre-requisite to national development.

“All the four provinces were like different organs of one body-Pakistan. If one organ is perturbed, the entire body feels the pain”, said Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal who also suggested that provinces should utilise each other’s expertise to explore the natural resources nature had bestowed on them in abundance.

KPK Speaker, Asad Qaisar agreed to the suggestion and said that provinces should work out modalities in this regard by calling meetings of experts. He believed that exchange of visits by parliamentary delegations from the four provinces would strengthen democratic institutions and also help in the legislative process.

Leader of the Opposition, Mian Mahmoodur Rashid was also present in the meeting.

Rana Iqbal identified terrorism, energy crisis, price hike and unemployment as major issues shared by all the federating units, and stressed the need for joint efforts to overcome these problems. He lamented that successive governments did not follow the sayings of founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

He said Punjab government was striving for economic development of Punjab under the sagacious leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.