Parliamentary diplomacy: Indian Parliamentary delegation in Pakistan

Parliamentary diplomacy: Indian Parliamentary delegation in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Wednesday said that elected representatives of Pakistan and India had a responsibility to build strong and meaningful relations between two neighbouring countries.

He expressed these views while talking to Indian Parliamentary delegation led by Shashi Tharoor, Member Lok Sabha who called on him in Parliament House here.

Meenakshi Lekhi, Member Lok Sabha and Swapan Dasgupta, Member Rajya Sabha were also present in the meeting.

They are in Islamabad these days to attend a three-day Asian Parliamentary Assembly meeting which will be concluded on Thursday.

Both the sides met in an atmosphere of mutual cordiality, discussed variety of issues which are affecting the relations between parliaments of the two countries.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that dialogues and interaction between both the countries from all levels must be directed towards peace in the region.

He called for regular interaction between parliamentarians of Pakistan and India for enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two parliaments.

He stressed for exploring possibilities of joint collaboration between the National Assembly and Lok Sabha in Legislative Drafting, Rules of Business and other Parliamentary Practices.

While apprising the delegation about the formation of Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Pakistan, the Speaker said that Parliamentary Friendship Group could play an important role in Parliamentary diplomacy and strengthening the relations between the Parliaments.

He informed that 90 Friendship Groups had been constituted in the National Assembly of Pakistan, which were playing vibrant and active role in parliamentary diplomacy.

Shashi Tharoor on the occasion said that parliamentary diplomacy was an excellent way of bringing two nations more closer which were already tied in cultural and historic bonds.

The Indian delegation agreed for regular interaction between Pakistani and Indian Parliamentarians.

They also discussed the working of Standing Committees, especially Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and decided to mutually share the experiences and practices.