Islamabad: Dr Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan has stressed the need for enhanced parliamentary interaction between Pakistan and India for building bridges of understanding and friendship between both the countries. She was talking to Smt. Meira Kumar, Speaker Lok Sabha in a meeting held in Sansad Bhavan, New Delhi today according to a message received from India. Both the Speaker discussed issues of mutual interest.
Referring to the ongoing dialogue process between the two countries, Dr. Fehmida Mirza reiterated that the recently held Secretaries’ level meetings have yielded encouraging results. She said that dialogue is the only way forward in improving bilateral ties. She also emphasized that though terrorism and violence is a common threat to all of us. However, Pakistan has suffered the most as more than 30,000 of its Civilian population and 5000 personnel of Law enforcement agencies have lost their lives in combating terrorism.
Dr Fehmida Mirza apprised her Indian counterpart that Pakistan has agreed to grant India the MFN status and hoped that both countries will share their experiences in various fields to meet the challenges by exploiting the untapped potential.
Referring to the Mumbai incident, Dr Fehmida Mirza stressed that Pakistan too has its concerns on Samjhota Express incident. She believed that frequent parliamentary interactions will be helpful in addressing various issues between the two countries.
The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan also extended invitation to Smt Meira Kumar, Speaker Lok Sabha to attend the 7th Women Speakers’ Conference to be held in Pakistan from 15-17 November, this year.
While welcoming Dr Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly, Meira Kumar, Speaker, Lok Sabha said that relationships between Pakistan and India are not confined to politics and trade alone, rather, these are also based on emotional and cultural grounds. She informed her Pakistani counterpart that India has also formed India-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group following Pakistan’s pattern. She was confident that interaction between parliamentarians of both the countries would yield results.
Later Speaker National Assembly also held separate meetings with Speakers of other SAARC countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. During these meetings they exchanged views on issue of mutual interests particularly in the context of SAARC Speaker and Parliamentary forum for strengthening ties amongst Parliament of SAARC countries.
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