London, July 09, 2014 (PPI-OT): The five-member Parliamentary delegation from Pakistan led by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, on the second day of their official visit to the UK, held meetings with Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza and Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP at the Houses of Parliament yesterday. Besides they also attended briefings on UK’s audit system, Parliamentary Outreach, and Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme.
Speaker John Bercow welcomed the Pakistani delegation and showed keen interest in knowing the working of the Pakistani Parliament. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq presented the One Year Performance Report to his British counterpart and briefed him on the new initiatives taken by him in order to improve the performance of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Both the Speakers shared their experiences in the Chair when they have to keep the delicate balance between the Treasury and the Opposition. Speaker Sadiq praised the British tradition of not contesting against the Speaker.
He invited his British counterpart to the 2015 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) General Assembly in Pakistan to which the latter agreed to attend provided his schedule permitted. Mehmood Khan Achakzai MNA underlined the need to support nascent democracies in the world especially in the Commonwealth countries.
During their meeting with Lord Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness D’Souza, both sides discussed ways and means to enhance cooperation between their respective Parliaments. Speaker Sadiq informed Baroness D’Souza that following the British Parliamentary Studies Programme, National Assembly of Pakistan had also developed its own programme which was being dove-tailed into Pakistani system. The two sides agreed to continue sharing their experiences in future as well.
The delegation found their briefing at the UK’s National Audit Office very useful and informative. Similarly they found several commonalities and yet a great potential for learning from Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme. The two sides also discussed exchange of internees between the two Parliaments.
The other members of the Pakistan delegation are Mehmood Khan Achakzai MNA, Raja Javed Ikhlas MNA, Dr Darshan MNA and Dr Arif Alvi MNA. Acting High Commissioner Mohammad Imran Mirza accompanied the delegation during the meetings.
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