ISLAMABAD - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday proposed a joint parliamentary committee of National Assembly and National People’s Congress of China to facilitate the process of ongoing parliamentary and economic collaboration between the two countries.

“Parliamentarians from both the countries could play a vital role in realization of the goals of friendship,” said the Speaker in a meeting with Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress.

Sardar Ayaz earlier apprised the Chinese dignitary about the formation of Pak-China Friendship Group in the National Assembly (NA) of Pakistan. He said that frequent interaction between friendship groups of both the legislatures would help boosting the contacts between parliamentarians of both the countries and would advance better understanding and pragmatic cooperation to meet challenges in pursuit of common development. Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National Peoples Congress said that China strongly desires to see a stable and a prosperous Pakistan. She said that regardless of the changing domestic and international situations, the friendship between both the nations have gained strength due to the commitment of political leadership of both the countries.

Yueyue said that China greatly values its sixty-two years old friendship with Pakistan which has passed the test of time. She said that hearts of people of both the countries beat together and Chinese people are truly proud to have such devoted friends.

She said that political leadership on both sides has strong commitment to strengthen the existing relations. She suggested for enhancing contacts between women Parliamentarians and youth of both the countries for sharing views and experiences.

Ayaz said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with China and desires to further solidify and deepen its deep-rooted, all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation for mutual benefit of both the nations.

He said that Pakistan appreciates the strong support and selfless assistance from the Chinese government and people for its economic and social development, however, stressed for further strengthening them through parliamentary contacts.

Shen Yueyue also agreed with the proposal of Speaker about joint parliamentary committee, saying that her Government and National Peoples congress strongly advocates promotion of parliamentary role in friendship between both the brotherly countries. She said that sole purpose of her visit was to implement the agreement between both the parliaments for enhancing bilateral parliamentary contacts.

SENATE TO HOST APA MOOT ON DEC 8

The Senate of Pakistan will host the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Conference, staring from December 8 for which the Senate Secretariat is making all necessary preparations.

As many as four speakers and 10 deputy speakers of parliaments of different countries have confirmed their participation in the moot. These countries include Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Palestine, China, Jordan and Kazakhstan.

Besides this, the parliamentary delegations from Indonesia, Cambodia, Iran, Lebanon, Philippine, Russia, Thailand and Turkey have also confirmed their participation in the conference. Overall, 177 delegations of 25 different countries have given their consent for participation.

According to a senior official of Senate Secretariat, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bohari will hold a special meeting of Senate Secretariat on December 4 to examine the final arrangements for the moot while chairman of the organizing committee of the conference Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed will brief the media on December 5.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met with Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari as part of the efforts to finalize the arrangements for the conference.