Islamabad, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): National Assembly of Pakistan decides to launch its official Social Media accounts for wider Parliamentary outreach to the public. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House, Islamabad.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need to develop new strategies and policies to support effective engagement between the National Assembly and citizens. Emphasizing the need for effective Parliamentary outreach, the Speaker highlighted that regular engagement with citizens is a pre-requisite for a stronger, vibrant and participative democracy. In the modern world, traditional democracies are turning towards e-parliament and one of the main tools utilised to connect with the people is “Social Media.” The Speaker termed Social media “an excellent platform for quick and direct engagement with the citizens”.
The Speaker directed the Officers of the National Assembly Secretariat to develop a team of experts in managing social media pages of the National Assembly. He also added that Social Media Pages of the National Assembly will disseminate timely information to the national and international audience, and the Parliament will receive feedback from the general public.
On this occasion, Ms Mariyum Aurangzeb, MNA remarked that institutional openness and transparency constitutes a vibrant democracy. She highlighted that the primary objective of Social Media platform is to ensure National Assembly as an open, transparent, accountable and accessible democratic institution.
Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA added that the presence of official account of National Assembly on Social Media will not only facilitate journalists in reporting on Parliament but also reach out more directly to the public and be able to react more quickly to news and events. As directed by Hon. Speaker, Media Wing of National Assembly has been running its Social Media Pages at Facebook and Twitter, link of the both pages are as under.
For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
National Assembly of Pakistan
National Assembly Secretariat,
Islamabad – Pakistan