ISLAMABAD - Cultural welcome at Gawadar airport surprised many international delegates who arrived in Gawadar on Sunday to participate in Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee on Political Affairs and Special Committee on Creation of Asian Parliament.
Acting President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani received the delegations at Gawadar airport. The Acting President was flanked by Leader of the House in the Senate Senator Shibli Faraz , Senator Kauda Babar, Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik, Chief Secretary Balochistan Dr. Nazir, DGs of Gawadar Development Authority and Gawadar Port Authority, local administration and others, said a press release issued here. The delegates were amazed to witness the rich cultural dances, games, and stalls while they were having a marine drive.
They specially praised the friendliness and sociability of the people of Gawadar. Secretary Generals of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) expressed his pleasure to see the socio-economic development of Gawadar and cultural features of the area. Delegates from different countries including Turkey, Jordon, Syria, Qatar, Indonesia, Bahrain, China have arrived to participate in this event in the port city.
However, many others would be arriving in due course. Earlier, Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik and Deputy Secretary General of APA DR. Khurram Ali exchanged views on arrangements with regard to the meetings.
The Secretary senate informed that arrangements had been finalized and all the departments at federal, provincial , local levels were working in unison to make this conference a success.
The APA Deputy Secretary General expressed his satisfaction on the arrangements. He also praised the role of senate on the forum of APA. Later in the Evening, Sadiq Sanjrani welcomed the delegates attending APA during a reception organised at Damizar, PNS Akram Gawadar. During the reception, the Acting President thanked the delegates for travelling long distances to attend the APA which exemplified their commitment to bringing Asian parliaments together and peace in the world.
The reception was hosted by Pakistan Navy. Pakistan Navy officials briefed the delegates about the port’s development work at Gawadar. They also highlighted that the Gawadar sea port would not only be beneficial to Pakistan but entire Asian region adding it will bring economic prosperity to entire region. The reception provided the delegates an opportunity to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Gawadar city.
Pakistan Navy also arranged a boat show with flags of all countries participating in the APA.