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Frequent Parliamentary Exchanges Must for Enhancing Cooperation and Strengthening Pak-German Relations

Islamabad: Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq H. Naek while talking to a high level German Parliamentary Delegation said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Germany are based on shared values of democracy, respect for human rights and economic liberalism.

The German Parliamentary Delegation led by Ernst Reinhard Beck called on the Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq H. Naek and exchanged views on matters of mutual interests with particular reference to mutually significant regional and global situation.

Chairman Senate underscored the need for enhanced exchanges at parliamentary level, saying that such interactions will bring both the countries more closer to each other. He further said that regular contacts should be encouraged between the parliamentarians of the two sides.

Mr. Naek appreciated Germany’s active participation in the friends of democratic Pakistan process. He invited German assistance in income generating projects in FATA and called for closer cooperation in Education and Health sectors to improve standard of living in the area. The Chairman also emphasized the need for deepening defence relations between Pakistan and Germany.

He noted with satisfaction that Germany is Pakistan’s fourth largest trading partner, however, adding that the trade relations need to be enhanced further. He proposed that the two countries should consider constitution of a joint working group on trade to expand and boost trade ties.

Talking about the menace of terrorism, the Chairman Senate deliberated that Pakistan is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He said we are the biggest victims of terrorism as our thirty thousand innocent civilians and five thousand valiant soldiers as well as people belonging to law enforcing agencies have lost their lives.

We also lost our great leader Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto, Governor Punjab Salman Taseer and Minister for Minority Affairs Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti at the hands of terrorists. The Chairman reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to fight war on terrorism till its logical end for lasting peace in Pakistan and the region. He added loss of precious lives as well as economic losses has affected people of Pakistan very severely.

He said Pakistan believes in peace and interfaith harmony. The Chairman stressed the need for addressing the root causes of extremism and terrorism to eradicate this menace once and for all.

The Chairman expressed that we want stable and progressive Afghanistan as it is the pre-requisite for ultimate progress and prosperity of the whole region. He said “we are in favour of Afghan led and Afghan owned reconciliation and peace process”.

Responding, the Leader of the German Parliamentary delegation Mr. Ernst Reinhard said that Pakistan’s role is very crucial in regional peace and stability and rooting out militancy and no permanent solution to Afghan quagmire can be sought without Pakistan’s involvement and support. The German delegates also regretted the accidental attack by NATO forces that resulted in loss of precious lives of Pakistani soldiers.

Answering the queries by the delegates regarding stoppage of NATO supply to Afghanistan through Pakistan, Naek said that the matter is being considered thoroughly by Parliamentary Committee on National Security headed by Senator Raza Rabbani and we are waiting for their recommendations vis-à-vis reviewing our relations with United States of America. These recommendations will be debated in the joint session of the Parliament to adopt future course of action.

The German delegation apprised the need to have European Union election observer in the coming elections. Naek said that monitoring the election is task of election commission of Pakistan and we are committed to hold free, fair and transparent elections in the country under an independent Election Commission.

Naek observed, “Independent Election Commission as well as holding of free, fair and transparent elections are vital for continuity of democratic traditions and in the best interest for the country in the long run”.

The delegates emphasized the need for enhancing bilateral cooperation in all sectors and they offered nuclear energy cooperation to address Pakistan’s energy crisis.

For more information, contact:
Public Service Obligation to Chairman
Syed Hasnain Haider
Senate of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 920 4564 534
Fax: +9251 920 5703
H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2,
Islamabad.
Web: www.senate.gov.pk
E-mail: senate@comsats.net.pk

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