NA Speaker Fehmida Mirza Meets Speaker House of Commons, Addresses Commonwealth Parliamentarians
Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza held a meeting with her Counterpart Rt Hon John Bercow, MP, at the House of Commons, this morning according to a message received from Pakistan High Commission London, UK.
They exchanged views on bilateral relations and noted with satisfaction that the two countries had come closer since a democratically elected Government assumed Office in Pakistan. The British Government was actively engaged in the development assistance, education sector reforms, investments in commercial avenues and there was greater interaction at the political levels.
The Speaker highlighted the challenges inherited by the democratic government in Pakistan. With particular reference to the contributions in the fight against terrorism and the colossal losses incurred by Pakistan and its people, she underscored the urgent need for tangible support by the international community. She called for strengthening the democratic institutions for which whole-hearted support from Western democracies was essential.
Mr. Bercow expressed understanding and endorsed the approach of trade for Pakistan to achieve sustainable development. He fully backed Pakistan’s requirements. They also agreed to increase Parliamentary exchanges to learn from each other’s experience.
Later, the Speaker National Assembly addressed the participants of the Seminar on parliamentary practice and procedures on the topic of ‘Role of Speaker in the Parliament’. The Seminar was part of the activities organized by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK Branch, which parliamentarians from Commonwealth countries attended. From Pakistan, MNAs Mr Zafar Ali Shah and Mrs Yasmeen Rehman, and Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly Matiullah Agha were invited to attend the Seminar.
The British Parliament had chosen the Speaker as a special guest for the 59th Westminster Seminar. Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker House of Commons also spoke on the same topic.
In her address she dilated upon the provisions in Pakistan’s Constitution regarding the election and the role of Speaker, procedure for the Speaker’s election, her policy of keeping all members from both treasury and the opposition on-board in line with Mohterma Benazir Bhutto’s vision of reconciliation, efforts towards encouraging the Women Parliamentarians’ participation in the legislative activities, ensuring active participation of the minority representatives and her role outside the Parliament in the social sector and women development activities.
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