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Indian High Commissioner calls upon Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs

Islamabad, February 17, 2014 (PPI-OT): Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan called upon the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Foreign Affairs, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, at the National Assembly today.Both, during the meeting, expressed their firm desire and commitment to improve relations between the two neighboring countries.

The Indian High Commissioner shared that an appetite for better relations is inhabited across the political divide in India. They agreed that the communication gap prevalent between the parliaments of the two countries needs to be bridged by more frequent interaction at parliamentary level.

Mr. Leghari added that clarity from both sides on longstanding issues is a prerequisite for sustainable relations. He also signified the involvement of civil society and academia in a sustainable dialogue.

Mr. Leghari wished not to have Pakistan as an electoral issue in the negative sense. Political posturtiong in order to gain electoral dividends is something that should be discouraged on both sides.

Mr. Chair also mentioned the role Indian media is playing through its hostile coverage of Pak-India relationships. Signifying the critical role of media as a pillar of state, he proposed to make concerted efforts to improve this.

Both, Mr. Chairman stressed that while economic and trade relations between the two countries are improving, the official political dialogue also needs to be resumed at the earliest.

The Indian High Commissioner expressed his resolve to coordinate with the new legislature, once the elections install a new government in India in May this year, and strive to foster interaction between the two legislatures.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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