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Parliamentary Dialogue Way Forward to Address Issues between India and Pakistan: Says National Assembly Speaker

Islamabad: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly and Mrs. Meira Kumar, Speaker Lok Sabha have both agreed for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of Pakistan and India to built bridges of understanding and friendship between both the neighbouring countries.

They also agreed that dialogue was the only way forward to addressing the contentious issues between both the countries. Mrs. Meira Kumar met Dr. Fehmida Mirza along with a Parliamentary delegation comprising Members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, in Parliament House this evening. Faisal Karim Kundi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly and Members of the Pak-India Friendship group were also present during the meeting.

Talking to the her Indian Counterpart, Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that Pakistan and Indian not only share boundaries but were intertwined in bonds of culture, history and heritage. She said that both the countries shared common problems, therefore, a common strategy needed to be forged to address those problems.

She said that regular interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries was the only way forward for solidifying bilateral relations. She said that Pakistan has been the victim of terrorism and the terrorism was posing threat to the region. She called for a joint strategy by the neighbouring countries to counter that menace.

Referring to the economic and commercial ties between Pakistan and India, Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that immense economical potential exists in both the countries, which needed to be exploited for mutual benefit of both the nations.

She said that grant of MNF status to India would further boost commercial activities between the two countries. She also suggested for exploring possibilities of cooperation amongst the Indian and Pakistan Institutes of Parliamentary Services for capacity building of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

Speaker Lok Sabha, Mrs. Meira Kumar reciprocating to the remarks of her Pakistani counterpart said that it was indeed a pleasure to visit Pakistan and she had brought with her, message of good-will, friendship, peace and prosperity for the people of Pakistan. She said that relationship between both the countries was not confined to politics and trade alone; rather these were based on emotional and cultural grounds.

She agreed that regular interaction between parliamentarians and people of both the countries would remove misperceptions against each other and create better understanding. She said that people of India wish to see cordial relations between both the countries. She said that all the contentious issues needed to be resolved through dialogue. She presented an invitation to Dr. Fehmida Mirza to visit India along with a parliamentary delegation.

Earlier on arrival at Parliament House, the Speaker Lok Sabha was accorded arousing welcome. Speaker National Assembly and Deputy Speaker received the Indian Speaker and her delegation. The delegation also visited the National Assembly Hall and signed visitors book.

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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