By ITRAT BASHIR
Baroness D’Souza, Speaker of the House of Lords, met Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, on July 14 and discussed matters relating to the cooperation between the two parliaments.
The Lord Speaker welcomed the growing cooperation between the two parliaments. She agreed on enhancing parliamentary cooperation with particular focus to empower women and young members of the parliament. She also appreciated the steps taken by the Government of Pakistan to consolidate democracy and assured UK’s support to the democratic institutions in Pakistan.
Baroness D’Souza also expressed satisfaction on the existing level of cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries, and emphasized on further enhancing parliamentary exchanges through exchange visits, seminars and conferences.
Apprising her on the parliamentary best practices, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq briefed her on the functioning of the various Committees in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
He also raised the issue of recent escalation of violence in the ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK)’, expressing serious concern on the killing of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian forces. He sought the Lord Speaker’s good offices in bringing an end to the human rights violations in the IOK.
Offering condolences on the tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, the Speaker emphasised the need for countering the extremist narrative spreading across the world, including Europe. He said that the international community must respond collectively to this threat. He also updated the Lord Speaker on the improved security and economic situation in Pakistan.
The guest was accompanied by Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibne Abbas.