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Speaker's Press Release

Meeting of The Leaders of The Parliamentary Parties - February 20, 2017

Islamabad: February 20, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly will preside over a meeting of the Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly which has already been scheduled on Thursday, the 23rd February, 2017 at 11.00 a.m. in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), 2nd Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Government has requested the Speaker National Assembly to also invite the Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the Senate to attend the said meeting.

The following Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the Senate are invited to attend the meeting as per the said schedule:                 

(1)        Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, PML-N
(2)        Senator Taj Haider, PPPP
(3)        Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, PML
(4)        Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, PTI
(5)        Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini, BNP(M)
(6)        Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, PML (F)
(7)        Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, BNP (A)
(8)        Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, NP
(9)        Senator Sirajul Haq, JI          
(10)      Senator Muhammad Usman Kakar, PKMAP
(11)      Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, JUI(F)
(12)      Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, ANP
(13)      Senator Col. (Retd.) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, MQM
(14)      Senator Hidayat Ullah, FATA
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condemn blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's Shrine in Sehwan - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; February 16, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.

 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blasts in Hayatabad Peshawar and Mohmand Agency - February 15, 2017

Islamabad; February 15, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blasts in  the Hayatabad Peshawar  and Mohmand Agency today, causing loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives, and termed these blasts a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They were confident that miscreants involved in those heinous acts would not be spared and bring to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Former Minister of Education Sindh, Dr, Hamida Khuhro - February 13, 2017

Islamabad: February 13, 2017: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of renowned political figure, Educationist and  former Education Minister of Sindh, Dr. Hamida Khuhro.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Dr. Hamida Khuhro. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn the Bomb Blast in front of Provincial Assembly of Punjab at Lahore - February 13, 2017

Islamabad; February 13, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blast in front of Provincial Assembly of Punjab, at Mall road Lahore and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.


In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice.


They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother- In Law Of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed - February 9, 2017

Islamabad: February 9, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  Mother- in- Law of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

In their separate condolence messages to Mushahid Hussain Syed, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his Mother- in- Law .They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Board of Governors Approves PIPS Work Plan 2017-18 and 10% Adhoc Relief Allowance 2016-17 for PIPS Employees - February 8, 2017

Islamabad; February 8, 2017: A meeting of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) was held on February 8, 2017 at PIPS chaired by the Speaker National Assembly/ President PIPS BoG Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The Speaker welcomed MNAs Ms. Shahida Akhter Ali, Sheikh Salahuddin and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak as the new members of Board who were attending their first meeting. Deputy Chairman Senate/ Vice President BoG Senator Maulana Ghafoor Haideri, Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bazenjo, State Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Heritage Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb MNA, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan MNA, Secretary National Assembly Mr. Abdul Jabbar Ali and Secretary Senate Mr. Amjed Pervez also attended the Board Meeting.

Mr Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director apprised the Board about activities of the Institute and presented two agenda items for deliberations. The Board expressed their satisfaction on the robust achievements of the Institute throughout the last year by meeting all targets in provision of legislative, research and capacity building of Members of Parliament and their functionaries. It was also noted that PIPS performed beyond its targets especially with regard to new initiatives in offering promotional courses of officers of the National Parliament, capacity building of parliamentary reporters and orientation of youth regarding Constitution and working of Parliament. PIPS also collaborated with the National Assembly of Pakistan in organizing the momentous International Parliamentary Seminar on Kashmir in January 2017. PIPS Board of Governors were pleased to approve the robust Work plan of Activities 2017-18 as well as Adhoc Relief Allowance 2016-17 to PIPS employees with effect from 1st July 2016 at par with other federal government employees.

Two agenda items were deliberated. The Board reviewed the Revised Budget FY 2016-17 and Estimates of Budget FY 2017-18 and President PIPS BoG advised that finance units of PIPS, National Assembly and Senate to consolidate these in the approved government format of Budget. A Committee comprising the Secretaries of Senate and National Assembly will then presents same for final approval of BoG as soon as possible. Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb and Convener of BoG Sub Committee presented a report of HR review under process. She informed that Executive Director is finally preparing a draft of new organogram, JDs and TORs for PIPS, which will also be furnished for the guidance of Board in its next meeting. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed the hope that PIPS will continue to offer its robust legislative, research and training work plan in the able guidance and teamwork of the PIPS BoG. The meeting concluded with presentation of the Vote of Thanks by Executive Director.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Mr. Mehtab Khan Chief Editor Daily Ausaf - February 6, 2017

Islamabad: February  6, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of mother of Mr. Mehtab Khan, Chief Editor, Daily Ausaf.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Mehtab Khan, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the passing away of his mother. They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and the other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Egypt wishes to participate in CPEC, CPEC manifests integration from 'Shores of Nile to soil of Kashghar': Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker NA - February 5, 2017

Islamabad; February 5, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stated that Egypt’s participation in CPEC will assign substantive meanings to the ‘transcontinental game-changer’ project by connecting Sino-Pak economic corridor to Africa, Europe and Middle East. The Speaker remarked that Egypt’s proposal to join CPEC is akin to Allama Iqbal’s allusion to integration ‘from the shores of Nile to the Soil of Kashghar’, albeit in a different context. He was talking to the media and discussing the proposal of Egyptian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Sherif Shaheen, who called on him on Thursday at Parliament House, Islamabad.

Welcoming Egypt’s proposal to join CPEC, the Speaker remarked that Egypt’s participation in CPEC will open a new channel of unhindered flow of trade between Africa and China through a secure and cheaper trade route via Pakistan. Speaker highlighted that Pakistan can emerge as linchpin in shortening trade distance between China and Egypt, and subsequently Africa and Europe, from months to days by circumventing the strait of Malacca and South China Sea.

The Speaker highlighted that  Pakistan is committed to foster regional integration by linking regional countries into ‘One Belt’ of trade, prosperity and connectivity and further added that Egypt’s location as gateway  between Africa, Middle East and Europe is central to Pakistan’s strategic calculation of regional integration.  CPEC has the potential to effect an unparalleled connectivity between China, Europe and Africa through connecting Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and subsequently Mideterenian sea.

He added that Egypt’s proposal reinforces the idea that CPEC is not just a Pakistan-China bilateral trade corridor but a transcontinental project with potential to emerge as central hub of the world economy. He underlined the need for inclusion of other Middle Eastern countries to optimally realize the benefits of ‘Corridor of prosperity’. He concluded that extension of CPEC to Egypt will unleash new dividends of common economic prosperity, joint development, energy security and connectivity within the region and beyond.


Brutal Force cannot Gag the voice of Freedom in Kashmir: Speaker NA - February 4, 2017

Islamabad: February 4, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stated that Kashmir issue was not just a territorial dispute but a question of people’s inherent right to self-determination. He added that brutal force and propaganda cannot gag the voice of freedom nor it can alter Pakistan’s resolute and principled stance on the issue of Kashmir. He said this in his message at the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day to be commemorated across Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on February 5 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

Referring to the future of South Asia and Kashmir dispute, the Speaker remarked that peace in South Asia will remain allusive when world’s so called largest democracy unleash brute force against the people of Kashmir. He added that it is irony that the international community stands as silent spectator while India renege on UN resolutions and launch violence, fake encounters, enforced disappearances, rape, murders, and the use of pellet guns against defenseless population as India’s officially sanctioned policy in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the United Nations and international community to ensure the implementation of its own resolutions on Kashmir and ensure its own relevance in international disputes resolutions.

Highlighting Pakistan’s steadfast support to the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people, the Speaker reinforced Pakistan’s unwavering historic stance on Kashmir and added that the people and Government of Pakistan will continue to provide all kinds of moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people at every forum. He highlighted that recently National Assembly of Pakistan hosted an international conference on Kashmir to urge the international community to play a larger role in resolution of the Kashmir problem and take notice of Indian high handedness in Kashmir. He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference.

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various international forums. He added that Pakistan is a voice of the oppressed Kashmiris and will continue to stand with the Kashmiri brethren through every thick and thin.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Legendary Urdu Writer Bano Qudsia - February 4, 2017

Islamabad February 4, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of legendary Urdu writer and thinker Bano Qudsia.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Bano Qudsia. They said that Bano Qudsia was an asset of Pakistan and she had innumerable services in the field of Urdu literature. Her demise has left a huge space in the literary field and her writings would be remembered for generations to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Muhammad Zubair on Oath Taking as Governor Sindh - February 2, 2017

Islamabad February 02, 2017:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the Muhammad  Zubair on oath taking as Governor Sindh.
 
In their separate congratulatory messages to Muhammad Zubiar, the  Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended warm facilitation to him on taking oath as Governor Sindh. They said that said his appointment as Governor Sindh was the evidence of trust and confidence of leadership reposed in his acumen and capabilities.
 
They were confident that under the guidance of Muhammad Zubair, the government of Sindh would initiate policies which would usher in an era of development and welfare of the Province. They expressed the hope that under his sagacious leadership, the Province will witness development and prosperity and relations between federation and province become more cordial. They prayed for his success during his tenure.
 


Collective Efforts and Bilateral Decision-Making Imperative for Regional Development, Peace and Stability: Says NA Speaker - February 2, 2017

Islamabad: February 2, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq discussed matters of forging deeper relationship and partnership with Azerbaijan, Egypt and Sri Lanka in separate meetings with their Ambassadors and High Commissioner on Thursday.  The Speaker called for diversification of trade and economic relations to assign substantive meanings to bilateral cooperation.

While speaking to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Ali Alizada, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan’s quest for regional outreach to Central Asian Republic attaches paramount importance to vitality of its relations with Azerbaijan.  He added that both the countries have extended unflinching support to each other at various international forums on the issues of Kashmir and Nagorno Karabakh respectively. Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to enhance bilateral relations, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for diversification of trade, economic and parliamentary relations to assign substantive meanings to bilateral collaboration.He said that both the countries have commonalities of views and perceptions on various regional and international issues. The Speaker stressed the need for enhancing cooperation between the legislatures of brotherly countries.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Ali Alizada highly appreciated Pakistan’s gesture of friendship with Azerbaijan and the political leadership of Azerbaijan is committed to strengthen its ties with Pakistan.He also reciprocated Azerbaijan’s commitment to an enduring, comprehensive, diversified and warm relations with Pakistan manifested in trade and economic dividends for both nations. Mr. Ali Alizada also called for instilling new vitality in inter-Parliamentary relations.

In a separate meeting with the Ambassador of Egypt, Mr. Sherif Shaheen, the Speaker said that Pakistan and Egypt cherish warm bilateral relations deeply rooted in religious, cultural affinities and aspirations to play a role to address divisions within the Muslim world. He informed the dignitary that Pakistan seeks to play a larger role to prevent Muslim world’s descent into factions, violence, instability and underdevelopment. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for comprehensive engagement between the two countries in areas of reforms in education, strengthening democratic institutions and promoting genuine human development. The Speaker also invited his Egyptian counterpart to visit Pakistan with their parliamentary delegation.

Egyptian Ambassador H.E Mr. Sherif Shaheen acknowledged Pakistan’s endeavors for promoting unity among the Muslims nations and expressed his hope that Pakistan and Egypt will continue to partner for a stable, peaceful and progressive Muslim world. He endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for collaboration to promote sustainable patterns of governance and assist each other in institutional building for effective governance.

Later on talking with High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, the Speaker highly appreciated Pak-Sri Lanka relations based on mutual interest and aspirations for a peaceful South Asian region. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan highly count on friendly relations with Sri Lanka in its quest to promote peace in the region and strengthen cooperation within the SAARC. The Speaker reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate people-to-people contacts and enhance Parliamentary engagement with Sri Lanka.

The Sri-Lankan High Commissioner Major General ®Jayanath Lokuketagodage said that Sri Lanka attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and will continue to partner with Pakistan in diversification of trade and economic relations. He remarked that Sri Lanka shares Pakistan’s concern for equitable growth and sustainable development in South Asian region.

 


Pak-Iran Parliamentary Engagement Imperative for Regional Cohesion: NA Speaker - January 26, 2017

Pak-Iran Parliamentary Engagement Imperative for Regional Cohesion: NA SPEAKER

BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS THE BACK BONE OF THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY: SAYS NA SPEAKER

Islamabad: January 26, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Muslim World is passing through a turbulent phase in the history while facing economic stagnation, internal divisions and violent conflicts. This is the right time for closer and consistent Parliamentary engagement to restrain the descent into chaos of the Muslim world.  He termed Pak-Iran Parliamentary engagement as ‘highly imperative’ for cohesion of the entire region.  He was speaking to a delegation headed by Mr. AllauddinBoroujerdi, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who called on the Speaker at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday. Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan, Mr. Mehdi Honardoost was also present in the meeting.

The Speaker said that Iran and Pakistan are bonded in the eternal ties of religion, culture and history and there is commonality of views and perceptions of both the countries on all regional and global issues. He also expressed the need for increase of contacts between the Parliamentarians and political leadership of the two countries as well as people to people contact.

Speaking to the Iranian Parliamentary delegation, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pakistan has embarked upon a regional focus in the pursuit of shared prosperity. He added that Iran shines prominently in strategic calculations of Pakistan’s Parliamentary diplomacy and recommended frequent exchange of delegations to assign substantive meanings to inter-Parliamentary relations. The Speaker reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to consolidate all encompassing brotherly relations between Iran and Pakistan and urged for enhancing trade and people to people relations.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan has always played a leading role to promote unity among the Muslim world and continue to leverage its influence for promoting cohesion, cooperation and collaboration amongst the Muslim countries.

Mr. Allauddin Boroujerdi conveyed his firm commitment to collaborate with Pakistan’s parliament in quest of more robust and diversified relations between the two countries. He added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together. He reiterated Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for comprehensive engagement of the Parliamentary committees to explore the avenues for mutual cooperation.

Later on while meeting with a group of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Islamabad headed by Mr. Khalid Iqbal Malik, President ICCI, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the government is following investor-friendly policies. “Business community is the back bone of the economy of the country and holds a pivotal role for job creation as well as progress and prosperity of the country” he added.

The delegation apprised the Speaker of the difficulties and problems being faced by the business community. The Speaker assured that the Parliament and the government would extend every possible help to the business community and traders for smooth and effective running of their business and trade activities.
 


Meeting of the leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly on Friday, 27th January 2017 - January 26, 2017

Islamabad, January 26, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will preside over a meeting of the leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly on Friday, 27th January 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast in Sabzi Mandi, Para Chinar - January 21, 2017

Islamabad; January 21, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blast in Sabzi Mandi, Para Chinar  and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
 
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Maulana Saleemullah Khan, President Wafaq Ul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan - January 16, 2017

Islamabad: January  16, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  Prominent Religious Scholar and President Wafaq-ul-Mardaris Al-Arabia Pakistan, Maulana Saleemullah Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to religious  services of Maulana Saleemullah Khan and expressed their heartfelt grief and distress over the sad demise .They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the members of  bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Speaker Ayaz Sadiq Meets Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary General Akbar Khan - January 14, 2017

Islamabad: January 14, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan has stressed the international parliamentary community to actively engage with and strengthen the parliamentary institutions of Pakistan. He stated this during his meeting with Akbar Khan, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), who met him in London, says a press release received from London here today.

The two sides discussed in detail numerous capacity building proposals for the parliamentarians as well as the parliamentary staff of not only Pakistan’s legislatures but of the neighboring countries as well. Pakistan’s National Assembly presently houses the Secretariat of the CPA’s Asia Region of which Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also members, apart from the four provincial legislatures and the federal parliament of Pakistan.

In this regard, it was agreed to hold the overdue CPA Asia Region Conference, which could not be held since 2012. The idea of holding “CPA Hot Topic Seminars” on issues of concern for Pakistan and organizing Workshops on legislative drafting, E-Parliament, Committee Strengthening and Parliamentary Procedures were also discussed.

The Secretary General commended the Speaker for his vision and eagerness to strengthen the parliamentary institutions in Pakistan. He assured CPA Secretariat’s complete support in Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s endeavors’. The Speaker termed Akbar Khan “a true friend of Pakistan’s Parliament”.
 


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Calls Upon A Strong Commonwealth Parliamentary Partnership - January 13, 2017

Islamabad: January 13, 2017; Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called upon the developed countries of Commonwealth to share parliamentary experience with the developing democracies of the Association, in order to face common challenges. According to a message received from London, he was addressing the Standing Committee Meeting of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Countries (CSPOC), which held its meeting in London today.


 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is attending the Meeting as the Standing Committee Member from the Asia Region. He was elected to this prestigious post in the last meeting of the CSPOC, held in Malaysia in 2016.
 
The meeting, which was attended by the Speakers of the UK, Canada, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Seychelles and the Deputy Speakers of Singapore, Nigeria besides others finalized the agenda for its next General Conference, scheduled to be held in Seychelles in 2018. Pakistan’s delegation took active part in the proceedings and all topics for discussion for the future conference, as proposed by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq were unanimously accepted by the Standing Committee.
 
SardarAyazSadiq briefed the Meeting about his initiatives of promoting the Parliamentary Diplomacy by organizing 88 Friendship Groups with sister Parliaments in the National Assembly of Pakistan. He termed it important to seek solutions to regional and international problems and hence proposed that the Conference should discuss “Speaker’s Role in promoting Parliamentary Diplomacy for International and Regional Cooperation.” The Topic was approved for the next Conference.
 
In another mover, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq proposed discussing the Speaker’s role in ensuring parliamentary oversight over the Executive. He elaborated the suggested topic by giving examples from his own experience of encouraging Calling Attention Notices, ensuring the presence of senior government officials during the Question Hour and other measures. The meeting appreciated Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s initiatives and agreed to incorporate the issue of Parliamentary Oversight in the forthcoming Conference’s topics.
 
On the sidelines of the Meeting, the Speaker held important meetings with the participating Speakers as well as with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Bareness Scotland.
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of Abdul Akbar Khan former Deputy Speaker KPK Assembly - January 13, 2017

Islamabad: January  13, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  seasoned politician and former Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Assembly Abdul Akbar Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to his son Abdal Akbar  the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Abdul Akbar Khan.  They  paid reach tributes to his  political and social services. “His services for the promotion   and strengthening of democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come”,  they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the members of  bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Governor Sindh Justice (Retd) Saeed Uz Zaman Siddiqui - January 11, 2017

Islamabad January 11, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Governor Sindh Justice (retd) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Governor Sindh. They said that the services of Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui in the field of judiciary and upholding rule of law would be remembered. He was an upright and honest Judge who never compromised on his principles and remained impartial in delivery of justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker Visits Iranian Embassy to Condole the Death of Former President Ali Akbar Hashmi Rafsanjani - January 10, 2017


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Ms. Jeda Khalid, Former MPA Punjab and Niece of Ch. Shujaat Hussain and Ch. Pervaiz Elahi - January 8, 2017

             Islamabad: January 8, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Ms. Jeda Khalid former Member Provincial Assembly Punjab and Niece of the Ch. Shujaat Hussain President Pakistan Muslim League (Q) and Ch. Pervaiz Elahi President PML (Q) Punjab.

             In their separate condolence messages to Ch. Shujaat Hussain and Ch. Perviz Elahi. Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of their, Niece. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan - January 5, 2017

Islamabad: January 05, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, renowned Classical Singer.

In their separate condolence messages to bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the passing away of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. They paid rich tribute to the services of the Ustad Fatah Ali Khan in the field of music. They said that lacuna created with his death in the field of music is difficult to fill.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Collective Efforts And Bilateral Decision-Making Imperative For Regional Peace And Stability: Says NA Speaker - January 3, 2017

Islamabad, January 3, 2017: Commander of Bahraini National Guards, Member of Legislative Assembly Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Ambassadors of Belarus called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, Islamabad, today.

Talking to the Lt. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa Commander of Bahraini National Guards, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that sustained cooperation between the Muslim countries is highly imperative for confronting challenges posed by terrorism and internal divisions. He outlined that Pakistan is committed to partnership with Bahrain to promote unity and cooperation among the Muslim world. He underlined the need to rectify the distorted image of Islam as projected by the extremists and negatively propagated by the western media as intolerant and violent religion.  He reiterated that Islam is a religion of peace that abhorred terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.He outlined that Pakistan condemns oppression of Muslims in Palestine and Kashmir alike and will continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to the freedom struggle of both the counties.


Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for collaboration to confront shared challenges and urged the need for deeper engagement between the two friendly countries. He added that the Muslim world is confident of Pakistan’s leadership and expressed his hope that Pakistan will continue to assist the regional countries in overcoming the menace of terrorism. He assured the Speaker National Assembly that Bahrain will stand Pakistan’s partner in uplifting regional development.



While talking to the Mr. Andrei Ermolovich Ambassador of Belarus, the Speaker National Assembly informed the dignitary that Pakistan aspires to deepen and diversify bilateral engagement with Belarus. He said that Pakistan’s political leadership has embarked upon an unprecedented regional outreach for addressing developmental challenges .He underlined the need for forging synergies in areas of agriculture, energy, and technology and further stressed the role of Parliamentary engagement in cementing bilateral relations.

Mr. Andrei Ermolovich, Ambassador of Belarus endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for forging synergies in expanding cooperation and overcoming regional challenges. He underlined the need for facilitating people to people contacts in cementing bilateral relations.

While discussing the issue of Kashmir dispute with Ms. Sehrish Qamar, Member of Legislative Assembly AJK, Sardar Ayaz Sadiqsaid that the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region. He said that Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions.

Ms. Sehrish Qamar highly appreciated the endeavors of the Parliament of Pakistan in taking up the Kashmir issue at various bilateral and multilateral forums. She added that the role of Parliamentary diplomacy is central to supporting the Kashmir cause. She expressed confidence in efforts of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to prioritize Kashmir issue at international forums.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother and Brother of Sajid Ahmed, MNA - January 2, 2017

Islamabad: January 2, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of Mother and Brother of Member National Assembly, Sajid Ahmed.
          
In their separate condolence messages to Sajid Ahmed, the Speaker and Deputy the Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news of passing away of his mother and brother.  They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demises and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


PAKISTAN USHERS INTO A NEW YEAR OF SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CONSOLIDATION OF DEMOCRACY: SPEAKER NA - December 31, 2016

Islamabad: December 31, 2016: In his felicitation message to the nation on the eve of New Year, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his hope that the dawn of 2017 will usher Pakistan into a new year of sustained economic growth coupled with uplift of the common man and consolidation of democracy.

The upcoming 2017 will surely bear witness to the fact that we have decisively turned a page in our history and have embarked upon our national journey afresh with the resolve to overcome the challenges of the era. The Speaker reiterated the resolve of the incumbent government to an inclusive democracy dedicated to the uplift of the downtrodden and streamlining of the marginalized strata of the society.He remarked that the days of terrorism in Pakistan are numbered and expressed his confidence that 2017 will further consolidate Pakistan’s march towards peace and prosperity. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq paid a rich tribute to the services of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies for the defense, integrity and security of Pakistan and added that the nation stands in solidarity with the families of martyrs.

Referring to Pakistan’s challenges, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the march of resilient Pakistani state and society will overcome the mounting challenges. He urged his fellow countrymen to shun all the differences and unite under the banner of faith, unity and discipline as espoused by the founding father. He underlined the need for promoting religious harmony and interfaith dialogue to pursue the ideals of equal development and mutual coexistence as central element for a pluralistic Pakistani state.

Speaker expressed his hope that Pakistan will continue to reverse the tides of poverty by enriching the youth bulge with employable skills and spirit of entrepreneurship. Referring to Pakistan’s regional objectives, he highlighted that Pakistan is committed to a peaceful South Asian region and will continue to cooperate with other regional players for peace in the region.Wishing a happy New Year to the people of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed a sanguine hope that the nation will make the best of the New Year.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Aunt of Mr. Asif Ali Bhatti Senior Reporter of Geo News - December 31, 2016

Islamabad: December 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Aunt of Mr. Asif Ali Bhatti  Senior Reporter of Geo News.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Asif Ali Bhatti, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Aunt. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Mr. Naveed Azhar Senior Reporter and Producer of PTV - December 28, 2016

Islamabad: December 28, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of Mr. Naveed Azhar Senior Reporter and Producer of PTV. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Naveed Azhar, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto was Indelibly Imprinted in The National Politics: Says NA Speaker - December 27, 2016

Islamabad; December 27, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto was a stateswoman and a visionary political leader. She had achieved a unique status in Pakistani politics due to her extraordinary intelligence, tireless efforts and bold style of politics.  Paying homage to the former twicely elected  Prime Minister Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto on her 9th death anniversary, he said that she had the courage to challenge the worst dictatorship of the times. Pakistani political leaders remembered her as a leader who gave voice to the downtrodden and worked for the national unity, he added.

The Speaker recalled the day of her assassination as a 'sad chapter in the political history of the country'. He said that Mohtarama strongly believed in reconciliation and forbearance. He called upon all the political forces to rise above party lines to work for the democracy and prosperity of the country.

May Allah Rest the soul of Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto in eternal peace (Ameen), Speaker prayed.
 


NA Speaker Felicitates Newly Elected Office Bearers of Lahore Press Club - December 26, 2016

Islamabad: December 26, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Mian, Mr. Zahid Gogi, Mr. Abdul Majeed Sajid and Mr. Ahsan Shaukat on their election for slots of President, Vice President, Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Lahore Press Club.

In their congratulatory messages to Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Mian, Mr. Zahid Gogi, Mr. Abdul Majeed Sajid, Mr. Ahsan Shaukat and other office bearers of LPC, the Speaker said that their election is an evidence of trust and confidence of the members of the LPC reposed on them.

He hoped that they will work for welfare of journalist community and succeed to resolve problems confronting to them. The Speaker said that freedom of expression is essential for strengthening democracy in the country and free and independent media serve the interest of the people by acting as an impartial critic of government policies.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker extend warm felicitations to the Christian on Christmas - December 24, 2016

Islamabad: December 24, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have extended warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.

In his message, the Speaker said that Prophet Jesus Christ was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace and tolerance and brotherhood. The Muslims deeply revere Prophet Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Almighty Allah, he said.

The Speaker, on this happy occasion, reiterated the pledge of the Parliament and government to fully safeguard the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities according to the Constitution of Pakistan and guiding principles of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings to his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. He said that Jesus Christ’s eternal message of love for humanity and for the Members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in the world.

He said that in face of the current challenging situation in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker stress the nation to follow the principles of Quaid-e-Azam in order to lead Pakistan to progress and prosperity - December 24, 2016

Islamabad: December 24, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have said that every Pakistani should follow the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to attain a respectable and dignified place for Pakistan in the comity of nations.They expressed these views in their separate messages to nation on 140thBirth Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Speaker said that Quaid-e-Azam was a great leader of 20th Century and was a symbol of integrity and honesty. He also desired that every citizen should have equal opportunities of education, health, progress and justice, he said.

The Deputy Speaker National Assembly said that the befitting way to pay tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is to forge unity among our ranks, work hard for the progress and prosperity of the country.

He said that we should focus on unity, faith and discipline in order to lead Pakistan to progress and prosperity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mother in Law of Former NA Speaker and MNA, Dr. Fehmida Mirza - December 24, 2016

Islamabad December 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Mother- in- law of Former NA Speaker and MNA Dr. Fehmida Mirza.

In their separate condolence messages to Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of her Mother-in-law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Syed Anwar Qadwai, Senior Journalist and Columnist of Daily Jang - December 23, 2016

Islamabad December 23, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of senior journalist and columnist of Daily Jang, Syed Anwar Qadwai.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Syed Anwar Qadwai , they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


All Religions of The World Teach Peace, Harmony, Respect for Humanity and Love: Speaker National Assembly - December 21, 2016

Islamabad: December 21, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan could be steered on the path of progress and prosperity by promotion of interfaith harmony in the country. He expressed these views while addressing a reception organized for Christian Employees of Parliament House in connection with the Christmas, here today.

The Speaker said that all religions of the world taught peace, love, tolerance and respect for humanity. He stressed the need for dialogue among different religions and civilizations for promotion of harmony and tranquility. He said that for a better future we should shun our differences and share our grief and rejoice. He said that Jesus Christ was not only the Prophet of the Christian community but also equally respectable for Muslim as we believe in all Prophets of Almighty Allah. He said that Jesus preached love, brotherhood, tolerance and non-violence and advocated selfless service for humanity. He said his birthday is a joy for all of us.

Speaker appreciated the patriotism of Christian community in Pakistan and their contributions for progress and prosperity country. He also lauded the services of Christian employees working in the Parliament House and wished them Merry Christmas.

Later on Speaker alongwith senior worker from Christian community cut the Christmas cake and prayed for the prosperity and peace of the country. MNAs belonging to Christian community, Secretary National Assembly and senior officers of the National Assembly & Senate Secretariats were also present on the occasion.
 


Speaker NA urges for Policy Conherence on shared Regional Developmental Challenges - December 20, 2016

Islamabad. 20th December: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that robust regional cooperation is central to tackling the endemic poverty and fostering an inclusive growth within the region and beyond. Underlining the need for joint action, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan is committed to promote policy coherence on shared regional concerns and pressing development challenges. He was speaking to Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Ms. Shamshad Akhtar who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

Sadar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that regional challenges cannot be addressed in isolation rather a concerted action under the umbrella of United Nations will prove highly effective. The Speaker acknowledged the contributions of UNESCAP in rendering effective assistance to Member States to fight hunger, poverty, and promote sub-regional development and trade. In addition to capacity building of member states, the Speaker also underlined the need for sharing expertise and knowledge with Members of UNESCAP in pursuit of its 2030 Agenda.  He urged Ms. Shamshad Akhtar to forge stronger partnership between Pakistan and UNESCAP during her tenure as Executive Secretary.

Referring to the partnership between UNESCAP, ADB and UNDP—known as the Asia-Pacific SDGs Partnership, Ayaz Sadiq said that such partnership is highly effective for transformative change in terms of realization of to Sustainable Development Goals. Referring to Pakistan’s commitment to SDGs, the Speaker informed that Pakistan has constituted a Parliamentary Task Force and a dedicated secretariat for SDGs on the premises of the National Assembly Secretariat to fast-track progress on SDGs. Saradar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the services of Ms. Shashad Akhtar to Pakistan’s development and expressed his confidence that she will continue to play a larger role in uplifting lower classes of the society within Asia and beyond under the umbrella of UNESCAP.

The Executive Secretary UNESCAP, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar appreciated Pakistan’s parliamentary commitment to fast track progress on SDGs and highlighted that UNESCAP will continue to partner with Pakistan in promoting regional development agenda. She added that undertaking social development and eradication of poverty through sustainable practices are defining parameters for good governance.

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar appreciated the Honorable Speaker’s vision for promoting policy coherence on shared regional challenges and added that cooperation on developmental is highly imperative for regional peace and prosperity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mother of Khawaja Babar Senior Parliametary Reporter of APP - December 18, 2016

Islamabad: December 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of  Khawaja Babar Senior Parliamentary Reporter Associate Press of Pakistan (APP)  

In their separate condolence messages to Khawaja Babar, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Ishtiaq Ahmed - December 14, 2016

Islamabad; December 14, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the passing away of father of Ishtiaq Ahmed, Bureau Chief, News-1 TV Channel.

In their separate condolence messages to Ishtiaq Ahmed the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pak-Sweden Partnership Essential for Advancing the Gains of Democracy: NA Speaker - December 13, 2016

Islamabad, Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that sustained parliamentary engagement between Pakistan and Sweden is essential for advancing the gains of democracy. He underlined the need for reinvigorating the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups to consolidate the parliamentary engagement between the two friendly countries. He was speaking to the Swedish Ambassador Ms. Ingrid Johansson who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan is committed to foster an enduring trade partnership with Sweden and consider it central to cement bilateral ties. He added that Pakistan has enabled a conducive environment for foreign investors. He outlined that energy generation, telecommunication, oil exploration, trade and manufacturing sectors have huge scope for foreign investment and expressed his hope that Swedish companies would tap into immense business opportunities in Pakistan. He added that Pakistan is committed to engage within the region and beyond for finding lasting, peaceful and durable solutions to conflicts and humanitarian issues.
While discussing Kashmir issue, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that using pallets gun on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines. He called upon the United Nations and International Community to play their due role to stop the repression, violence and human rights violations being committed against the people of Kashmiris.

Sarday Ayaz Sadiq said that Sweden is an important partner for Pakistan’s broader outreach to Europe. He urged the need for deepening collaboration between the two nations in spheres of education, cultural exchanges and science and technology. The Speaker urged for further cooperation in strengthening parliamentary democracy in Pakistan. He informed the dignitary regarding the new initiatives taken at the National Assembly to deliver to the hopes of the people. He urged the Swedish Ambassador to facilitate Pakistani students determined to pursue higher studies in Sweden.

The Swedish Ambassador Ms. Ingrid Johansson reiterated that Pakistan is an important partner for promoting peace and lasting development in the region. She remarked that Sweden highly appreciates and acknowledges Pakistan’s contribution to global efforts for fighting terrorism. She expressed her confidence in Pakistan’s economic potential and added that Sweden is willing to tap into Pakistan’s economic opportunities.

The Swedish ambassadorMs. Ingrid Johansson said that parliamentary engagement between the two parliaments would fortify the existing amiable relations between the two countries. She also seconded Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for promoting people-to-people contacts in generating better understanding of each other. Ms. Ingrid Johansson further added that Sweden will continue to facilitate Pakistan in advancing the gains of democracy.


Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is Humanity’s Best Role Model: NA Speaker - December 11, 2016

Islamabad December 11, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the modern world can attain true peace by emulating the principles espoused by Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). He expressed these views in his message on the eve of "Eid Milladun Nabi" being commemorated throughout the Muslim world tomorrow. He said that the life of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is an excellent demonstration of truthfulness, balance, justice, coexistence and compassion.

While congratulating the entire Muslim Ummah on this auspicious day, the Speaker said that Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a torch bearer and blessing for the entire universe. Underlining the impact of the life of the Holy Prophet, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) lifted humanity from the abyss of ignorance, reformed man’s ideals, accorded him an elevated status and injected vitality into the decadent social order.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq mentioned that it is a matter of pride that we are the adherents of Muhammad’s religion whose own life is embodiment of mercy and lofty moral ideals.  He reiterated that the life of the Holy Prophet is a never ending stream of guidance for all humans in all walks of life. “The legacy of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) will live on forever” he said.

The Speaker said that the Prophet (PBUH) revolutionized the world in a shortest time and changed every aspects of people life through his personal example and deeds.  “He articulated a comprehensive code of conduct for interpersonal relations and formulating a healthy society through his personal conduct” Speaker said.


National Assembly Summoned to Meet on 14 December, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Islamabad; December 11, 2016:  The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to summon the Session of the National Assembly on Wednesday 14th December, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

             The President has summoned the National Assembly Session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. 

 


Human Rights Are The Foundation Of Freedom, Peace, Development & Justice: Says NA Speaker - December 10, 2016

Islamabad: December 10, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Islam establishes the concept of equality for all human beings and provides an environment of peaceful co-existence, free of any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, colour, sex, race and religion. He expressed these views in his message on International Human Rights Day being commemorated on 10 December throughout the world.

The Speaker said that address of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on "Hijjat-ul-Widah" (The Last Sermon) was the universal declaration of human rights therefore respects of human rights is obligatory for every Muslim in light of teaching of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Hence the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees protection of life and liberty of every citizen regardless of religion, race, creed or colour.

“A progressive, balanced and just society is the one, which ensures that rights of all of its citizens are safeguarded through political, legal, economic, cultural and social instruments and frameworks. For any state to achieve durable peace and foster democracy, it is imperative that it puts in place mechanism aimed at ensuring that rights of the people are protected”, he added.

On International Human Rights Day, Speaker urged that the protection of human rights for all is a prerequisite for establishment of a civilized and progressive society.
 


NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER EXPRESS GRIEF OVER THE PLANE CRASH NEAR HAVELIAN - December 8, 2016


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Sister of Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq - November 29, 2016

Islamabad: November 29, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of sister of Leader of House in Senate of Pakistan, Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq.

In their separate condolence messages to Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his sister. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of bereaved
family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, MNA - November 28, 2016

Islamabad; November 28, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of father of Member National Assembly Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari.

In their separate condolence messages to Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condole the death of Father of Anwar Raza Senior Reporter 92 News - November 26, 2016

Islamabad: November 26, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Father of  Mr. Anwar Raza Senior Reporter 92 News. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Anwar Raza, Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condole the death of Mother of Muhammad Arshad Senior Reporter Pakistan Observer - November 26, 2016

Islamabad: November 26, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Senior Reporter Pakistan Observer. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


Pakistan committed to "Peaceful Neighbourhood": Speaker NA - November 25, 2016

Islamabad: November 25, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan’s vision for ‘Peaceful neighborhood’ is manifested in Pakistan’s endeavors for regional cooperation and connectivity. He further added that Pakistan pursues development through connectivity in collaboration with friendly countries as evident from CPEC, TAPI and CASA projects. He was speaking at Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), according to a message received from St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Speaker highlighted that the unresolved nature of Kashmir and Palestine as oldest disputes at UN Security agenda haunts the conscience of the member states. He added that denial of self-determination, human rights abuse and unresolved disputes will continue to challenge one’s progress for peace and security within the region and beyond.

Speaking on the topic of “Regional Security and Counter Terrorism”, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pakistan attaches utmost importance to peace and security at the regional and international levels.  “We are confident that Pakistan’s peace and development agenda will promote peace and stability in the region and beyond and benefit everyone”, he added.

Referring to Pakistan’s sacrifices for War on terror, he said that Pakistan has paid a phenomenal price for international security and peace, however, Al-Qaeda has a diminished presence today is largely due to Pakistan’s efforts, he added. He said that Pakistan is a vital partner for fostering peace in Afghanistanthrough an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

The Speaker highlighted that terrorism cannot be associated with any religion, race, or ethnicity and underscored the need for a collaborative approach to address this menace. He expressed his concerns about rising incidents of Islamophobia and termed the unfair and biased portrayal of Islam, its value system and beliefs as unacceptable.

Stating to the current migration crisis in the Middle East, the Speaker urged the international community to escalate its efforts for restoring peace in the region and underlined the need for more humane treatment of refugees and internally displaced people. He added that deeper connectivity and partnership for development is central to restraining regional crisis. Referring to Pakistan geographic advantages, untapped potential and willingness for cooperation, he added that “We are determined to convert this enormous potential into reality with the help of our friends and partners”.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Uncle of Syed Zaffar Hashmi - November 19, 2016

Islamabad November 19, 2016 : Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Syed Dilawar Hussain, uncle of senior journalist and Chief Reporter of Roznama Dunya Islamabad, Syed Zaffar Hashmi.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Haji Muhammad Adeel - November 18, 2016

Islamabad: November 18, 2016: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  seasoned political leader  former Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Haji Muhammad Adeel .  They  paid reach tributes to his  political and social services. “His services for the promotion   and strengthening of democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come”,  they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Jehangir Badar - November 14, 2016

Islamabad: November 14, 2016: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  former Federal Minister Senator Jehangir Badar.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Senator  Jehangir  Badar.  They  paid reach tributes to his services in the field of Politics  and termed his death of a great loss to the country. His services for the promotion   and strengthening democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come” they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mr. Sadaqat Ali Satti, Assistant Private Secretary of National Assembly Secretariat - November 12, 2016

Islamabad: November 12, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mr. Saddaqat Ali Satti, Assistant Private Secretary of National Assembly Secretariat. 

In their separate condolence messages to his family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of Mr. Saddaqat Ali Satti. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Leads Parliamentary Delegation to Bahrain - November 6, 2016

Islamabad November 6, 2016: A-9 Member Parliamentary Delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will embark on a three day official visit to Bahrain on November 7, 2016. The Speaker is visiting Bahrain on the invitation of his Bahraini counterpart.

            The Parliamentary delegation accompanying Sardar Ayaz Sadiq comprises of MNAs Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Mr. Sultan Mehmood Hanjara, Ms. Shahnaz Salim Malik, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, Ms. Aisha Syed and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq.

            During his stay in Bahrain, the Speaker National Assembly apart from meeting his counterpart will also meet Bahraini political leadership and business community and discuss matters of bilateral interest. He will also discuss ways and means to further enhance bilateral relation through interaction of Parliamentarians of sides as well as strengthening trade, educational, cultural and investment links between the Pakistan and Bahrain.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Express Grief and Sorrow Over the Loss of Precious Lives in Result of Train Collision at Karachi - November 3, 2016

Islamabad: November 03, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaz Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have expressed shock and grief over the loss of precious lives in result of unfortunate train  collision at Landi, Karachi.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker conveyed their heartfelt grief and sincere sympathies with bereaved families. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. They also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and asked the concern authority to provide best treatment facilities to them.


Newly Appointed Information Minister Calls on Speaker NA - November 3, 2016

Islamabad: November 3, 2016;SardarAyazSadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that present parliament strongly believes that independent media is the cornerstone of democracy and has encouraged its constructive criticism. He said that media serves as an interface between the parliament and the public; therefore, it should impartially report the performance of the parliament. He was talking to the newly appointed Minister of State for Information Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb who called on him in Parliament House, today.

He said that media is an integral part of the parliamentary system and necessarily it has a vital role to play in strengthening our parliamentary edifice. He said that it is only by respecting each other's roles and responsibilities that the Parliament and the media can develop a healthy and cooperative relationship, which is vital for strengthening our democratic structure.

The Speaker said that the parliament and media have an inseparable relationship, in which the parliament heavily relies upon the media to deliver their message and opinion to the general public. He stated that the parliament and the media are the two fundamental institutions in a modern democratic society.

Minister of State for Information Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb endorsed the endeavors of the Speaker in providing the proper space and facilities for the journalists and media outlets. She expressed her gratitude to Speaker for his view and impeccable support for the freedom of the press. She said that the media have a role to play in observing and sometimes criticizing the MPs and the institution of parliament, but such work must be done within the norms of journalism. 
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Greet Hindu Parliamentarians and Hindu Community On Diwali - October 30, 2016

Islamabad: October 30, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has greeted Hindu Parliamentarians and the Hindu community on their religious festival Diwali.

Speaker said that he is delighted to send his warmest greetings to Hindu Parliamentarians and everyone in Hindu community in Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. In his message, he also recognized the huge contributions made by Pakistani Hindu community to the prosperity of the country. Their involvement in every sphere of our national life is extremely commendable.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly also conveyed his sincere and warm greetings on Diwali to his fellow Hindu Members of the National Assembly. He also appreciated their contribution in national development, fostering national unity and cohesion.


NA Speaker calls for an end of human rights violation in held Kashmir - October 26, 2016

Islamabad October 26, 2016:  The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Kashmir dispute is a flash point and a permanent threat to the peace of not only for the region but for entire World.  He urged upon the international community to play its due role to stop atrocities and human violations by the Indian Security Forces in Occupied Kashmir and peaceful settlement of this core issue.  He expressed these views in his message on Black Day being observed in protest against Indian tyranny and human rights violations in held Kashmir on 27th October, 2016.

Expressing solidarity with the people of held Valley the Speaker said that our relation with the Kashmiri brethren is not only based upon the religion, civilization and humanity but also related to blood.  He said that Pakistan firmly committed to finding out a just and peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir.  He assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan would continue moral, political and diplomatic support at regional and international forum till the realization of their objectives.

He lamented the indiscriminate use of pellet guns on unarmed protestors, incidents of human rights violations, desecration of human lives, rapes and depriving the children from their eye-sights, detention of Kashmiri leadership and imposition of curfew in held valley.   He said that struggle of Kashmiri people for self determination cannot be silenced with gun and atrocities.  He was confident that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not go in vein and would become fruitful.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that human rights violations had a long history  in Indian Occupied Kashmir and United Nations had declared IOK a disputed territory.  He said that India itself approached the UN and promised to honour the Kashmiris’ right of self determination and hold plebiscite in IOK.   He called for an end to human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and urged upon United Nations and Human Rights Organization to pay special attention for peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Aunty of Mr. Intizar Haideri, Senior Reporter WAQT TV - October 26, 2016

Islamabad: October 26, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Aunty of Mr. Intizar Haideri Senior Reporter Waqat TV. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Intizar Haideri, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Aunty. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA - October 24, 2016

Islamabad; October 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of Veteran Politician, former Senator, former MNA, former Deputy Speaker, Sindh Assembly and father of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Syed Qamar Zaman Shah. 

In their separate condolence messages to Syed Naveed Qamar, the Speaker and the Acting Speaker paid rich tributes the political and social services of Syed Qamar Zaman Shah and  expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to Syed Naveed Qamar and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Durable Peace In South Asia Cannot Be Achieved Without Resolution Of Kashmir Issue”: Says NA Speaker - October 24, 2016

Islamabad, October 24, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Kashmir issue is not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world. Peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region. According to the message received from Geneva (Switzerland), Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while addressing the 135th General Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly.

The Speaker said that gross violations of Human Rights are occurring in every part of the world. “Ominously, situations of human rights violations are spiraling into outright conflict within and between countries”, he added. He said that this is the responsibility of parliamentarians around the World to ensure that the cycle of human rights violations and conflicts is broken. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged that we need to ensure delivery of the fundamental rights of people, as enshrined in every democratic country’s constitution. If parliaments fail in this primary task then outright violations of rights are inevitable and conflicts become unavoidable, he said.

He said that he Parliament of Pakistan is actively engaged in further strengthening the human rights of women in our country. The creation of an independent National Commission on the Status of Women and a National Commission on Human Rights through Acts of Parliament are major achievements in Pakistan, the Speaker said. He informed that over past ten years, the parliament has enacted around two dozen Bills, to safeguard the rights of women and children. He further said that the presence of all-parties Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, consisting of 87 women parliamentarians, has ensured a balanced gender perspective in the legislative work of the parliament.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan has ratified seven core international human right treaties at the international level. “We are also fully engaged in various human rights fora in developing, monitoring and implementing international human rights norms. This reflects Pakistan's commitment to international human rights standards” he said.

While addressing the Assembly, the Speaker said that the Peace cannot prevail without addressing the discrimination and violence too often unleashed against people demanding their just and natural rights.In our part of the world, peace is imperiled by the violence unleashed against the people of Indian Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir. The people of Occupied Kashmir have been under general curfew” he said.

The Speaker paid tribute to the continuous efforts of the brave Hurriyat leaders and their families and particularly mentioned Mr. Yasin Malik for his persistent freedom struggle for Kashmir. He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

 He lamented that India has employed brutal practices in the occupied valley including unprovoked firing with shotgun pellets, attacking ambulances, hospitals and funerals, clamping curfews, blacking out media, detaining Hurriyat leadership, closing down offices of Amnesty International and other International Human Rights Organizations and refusing to allow UNHCRs’ fact finding mission in Indian Occupied Kashmir to gag the Kashmiri freedom movement.

He thrashed India’s lame claims of being democratic and secular and stated that it didn’t even allow the people in Kashmir to offer Eid prayers. He hit out at India’s jingoism aimed at Kashmir freedom movement and called it a pretense to repress the freedom movement which has gained fresh momentum after the Shahadat of Burhan Wani. He said that Indian efforts to bury the indigenous Kashmiri movement under the façade of terrorism are a malicious attempt to silence the voice of thousands of suppressed Kashmiris.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that Pakistan never has and never will back away from supporting peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue under the auspices of the UN Charter. He said that all Parliamentary parties are united in their support for the Kashmir cause, as being strongly reiterated in the ongoing Joint Sitting of the Parliament. He informed that both houses of the Parliament have passed more than half a dozen resolutions to strongly denounce the reprehensible acts of unprecedented state terrorism by Indian forces in the occupied Valley.

While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. The Speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.


Peaceful Settlement of Kashmir in accordance with aspirations of Kashmir people: Imperative for peace and development of the Region: Speaker NA - October 21, 2016

Islamabad, October 21, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people was imperative for the peace and development of the region. He said that Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. According to the message received from London, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while briefing the British MPs on blatant violation of UN Resolutions by Indian armed Forces and use of pellet guns on innocent Kashmiris in Indian held Kashmir. Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain and numbers of British MPs were also present on the occasion.

He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

The Speaker said that Pakistan remains firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the People of Kashmir. He assured the Kashmiri People, of Pakistan's continued moral, political and diplomatic support at all regional and international forums till realization of their objective.

He said that all Parliamentary parties in Pakistan are united in their support for the Kashmir cause, as being strongly reiterated in the recent Joint Sitting of the Parliament. He informed the British MPs that both houses of the Parliament have passed more than half a dozen resolutions to strongly denounce the reprehensible acts of unprecedented state terrorism by Indian forces in the occupied Valley.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called upon the United Nations and International Community to play their due role in brining and end to the repression, violence and human rights violations being committed against the people of Kashmir.

While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. The Speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.


Indian War Mongering Will Endanger Not Just The South Asian Region But Also The World at Large: NA Speaker - October 18, 2016

Islamabad, October 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Indian war mongering will endanger not just the South Asian region but also the world at large. He urged that Pakistan has shown restraint up till now but any aggression from India will meet with full force. Pakistani nation is ready to protect Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs.According to the message received from Turkey, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while addressingthe 36th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC).Speakers, Chairpersons, Presidents of the Parliaments and representative bodies of 57 Islamic Countries were also present on the occasion.

He said that world history bears testimony that peace has never prevailed without addressing the root causes of public discord. He warned that regional peace and inclusive development, not only for the sub-continent but for the entire region will remain a mere dream, if the international community keeps side stepping the Kashmir issue.

He further said that India should stop from heightening tension in the greater interest of peace and stability. “The entire responsibility would be on India for any eventualities. International Community should focus on Indian belligerence and not Pakistan” the Speaker added.

While addressing, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq demanded that the Secretary General PUIC should hold an independent probe into the recent genocide in Indian held Kashmir, led by Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission or jointly with UNHRC Geneva.

The Speaker lamented that India has employed brutal practices in the occupied valley including unprovoked firing with shotgun pellets, attacking ambulances, hospitals and funerals, clamping curfews, blacking out media, detaining Hurriyat leadership, closing down offices of Amnesty International and other International Human Rights Organizations and refusing to allow UNHCRs’ fact finding mission in Indian Occupied Kashmir to gag the Kashmiri freedom movement.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also briefed the participants regarding the brutality of the Indian army andhow the children of the indian held Kashmir have been butchered and blinded by the use of pellet guns through slide show,video clips & Statistics of deaths, eye-injured and other injuries. He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

He thrashed India’s lame claims of being democratic and secular and stated that it didn’t even allow the people in Kashmir to offer Eid prayers last month. He hit out at India’s jingoism aimed at Kashmir freedom movement and called it a pretense to repress the freedom movement which has gained fresh momentum after the Shahadat of Burhan Wani. He said that Indian efforts to bury the indigenous Kashmiri movement under the façade of terrorism are a malicious attempt to silence the voice of thousands of suppressed Kashmiris.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that Pakistan never has and never will back away from supporting peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue under the auspices of the UN Charter. While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. The Speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.
 


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Express Grief Over The Loss Of Precious Lives In Traffic Accident At Rahimyar Khan - October 17, 2016

Islamabad: October, 17 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaz Javed Abbasi,  Acting Speaker, National Assembly have expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in result of road accident at Khanpur, Rahimyar Khan.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and the Acting Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and sympathies with bereaved families. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.  They also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and asked the concern authorities to provide best medical facilities to injured.
 


NA Speaker & Acting Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Secretary to Speaker NA - October 16, 2016

Islamabad October 16, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of father of Secretary to Speaker National Assembly Saeed Ahmed Maitla.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Acting Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of Brother of Deputy Secretary NA Secretariat - October 14, 2016

Islamabad; October 14, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of brother  of Deputy Secretary Administration, NA Secretariat, Aghan Daheri.

In their separate condolence messages to Aghan Daheri, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker also condoled the death of Naib Qasid of National Assembly Secretariat Khan Zeb. They prayed to Almighty Allah for the solace of departed soul and sympathies with bereaved family.


We Can Overcome All Difficulties With The Spirit Of Sacrifices And Unflinching Determination: NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker - October 11, 2016

Islamabad, October 11, 2016: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi National Assembly of Pakistan calling upon the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in our ranks in accordance with golden principles of Islam and follow the path of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

In their separate messages on Youm-e-Ashurato the nation, the Speaker said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions (RA) were the noblest models in preaching and practicing the Qur’anic philosophy of patience, sacrifice and martyrdom. Their unflinching faith in Almighty Allah and the Day of Judgment, their exemplary devotion, dauntless courage, and unfailing patience in the way of Almighty Allah was a unique exhibition of the spirit of patience and martyrdom described in the Holy Qur’an, he said. 

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that on this day of Ashura, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression, he said. He said that this is the path which the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) taught us to follow and his followers (RA) offered great sacrifices. “Yaum-e-Ashoor reminds us the lesson of adherence to the truth, firmness of belief and being steadfast against tyranny” he added.

Both the leaders urged that being a Muslim it is our obligation that we stand up against the evil forces that stir up discord and create confrontation in the society, to achieve their nefarious designs. They said that the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala is to make commitment on this day to work and devote oneself for the development and strength of the county."We have to forget our trivial differences and adopt the teachings of Islam and promote peace, security and brotherhood." they urged.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Shah Trab ul Haq Qadri Ameer Alasunit ul Jamaat - October 6, 2016

Islamabad: October 6, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Shah Trab Ul Haq Qadri Ameer Alsunit ul Jamaat. 

In their separate condolence messages to Sarjul Haq Qadri, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole The Death of Son of Siddiq Al Farooq - October 5, 2016

Islamabad: October 5, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of son  of  PML(N),  leader and Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddiq Al Farooq.

In their separate condolence  messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the said demise of his son  They prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other member of the  family to bear irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistani Community Central To Pakistan’ Outreach To Uk: Speaker NA - October 4, 2016

Islamabad, October 4th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the role of Pakistani community in UK is central to Pakistan’s outreach to United Kingdom as Britain hosts largest Pakistani community anywhere in the world. He was speaking to Ms. Tasmeena Sheikh, Member of British Parliament who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

Appreciating the contributions of Pakistani Diasporas to the British economy and society, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan is proud of its community in UK. The Speaker stressed on the need for collaboration in uplifting quality of education in Pakistan. He remarked that Pakistan is keen to benefit from UK’s expertise in education, Science and technology and health. He urged the need for regular exchanges of Parliamentary delegations and friendship groups to strengthen bilateral relations.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Pakistan strongly desires peace and stability in the region and beyond, and support people’s struggle for self-determination in Jammu & Kashmir and anywhere in the world. The Speaker urged her to highlight the Kashmir cause at various international forums and expose the Indian high-handedness and human rights abuse in Kashmir. Referring to Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir, the Speaker remarked that he pulled back Pakistan from hosting 61stCommonwealth Parliamentary Conference as its chosen President when India agitated for extending invitation to Assembly of Indian Occupied Kashmir. He added that the Parliament of Pakistan could not issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend the Conference, as it would have been in violation of the UNSC Resolutions. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir was more important than hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Ms. Tasmeena Sheikh endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for partnership in uplifting quality of education in Pakistan and further added that Britain is Pakistan’s partner in strengthening parliamentary democracy in Pakistan.

She appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in the global war on terror and added that Britain acknowledges Pakistan’s contribution to regional peace and security. Ms. Tasmeena Sheikh also underlined the need for furthering inter-Parliamentary ties.


NA Speaker Chairs PIPS BoG Meeting - October 4, 2016

Islamabad, October 4, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that strengthening of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) through employing modern Human Resource (HR) development practices was highly essential for robust research and legislative support to the legislatures.  He expressed these views while presiding the meeting of Board of Governors (BoG) of PIPS in Islamabad today.

The matters of HR/Administrative reformation, new logo of PIPS and draft bill for amendment in PIPs Act were discussed. MNA Marryam Aurangzeb, convener of the sub-committee on PIPS HR Review presented the report before the Board of Governors and briefed the participants about its salient features including adjustments in pay scales and allowances of the PIPS employees. After through deliberations, the Speaker asked the members to review the report and submit their feedbacks and recommendations to the committee within 15 days in order to finalize it in the next meeting.
 
Executive Director PIPS Mr. Zafarullah Khan proposed the new logo of PIPS for the approval of the BoG. The NA Speaker remarked that new logo should symbolize all the provincial and legislative assemblies of Pakistan in addition to National Assembly and the Senate.
The BoG also approved the amendment in PIPS Act, 2008 regarding incorporation of the Speakers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assemblies as members of PIPS Board of Governors. The Speaker announced that this Draft Bill will be tabled in the Parliament for enactment.

PIPS Work Plan 2016-17 that was approved by the sub-committee earlier was laid in the meeting and members were requested to submit their recommendations in this regard within 15 days. It was also discussed that PIPS research and development facilities for legislative business should be made available to members of the Parliament during the sessions.
PIPS BoG also approved one month honoraria on basic salary for the PIPS employees for their devoted services to the Parliament.
 
On this occasion, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani proposed to hold a Conference of Speakers and Deputy Speaker of the National and Provincial assemblies for discussing matters of mutual interest and sharing experiences with each other. The suggestion was duly accepted by the NA Speaker and agreed to convene it   in November 2016.
 
Deputy Chairman Senate Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Mr. Zahid Hamid, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly; Ms. Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo; and MNAs Mr. S. A. Iqbal Qadri, Ms. Marryam Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan attended the meeting.
 


Ambassador Of Czech Republic Calls On Speaker NA - October 3, 2016

Islamabad; October 3rd, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is keen to expand inter-parliamentary relations with all the European countries and attaches immense importance to its relations with Czech Republic. He underlined the need for a robust trade and economic partnership for genuine development in the region and beyond. He was speaking to Mr. Jan Fury, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Pakistan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Monday.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan is committed to promote regional peace and security in the region and strongly condemn human rights violations and denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and anywhere in the world.  He outlined that Pakistan has resolved to foster deeper cooperation and partnership for peace with the European countries and consider Czech Republic as important friend in Pakistan’s broader outreach to Europe. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations and meetings of the Parliamentary Friendship groups to add strength to the parliamentary ties.

The Speaker highlighted that the current government is committed to intensify cooperation with the Czech Republic in the areas of defence, energy, education, culture, infrastructure and industries. He added that Pakistan is fast emerging an attractive destination for investment in engineering and infrastructure sectors and stressed on the need for interaction between Chambers of Commerce. He outlined that people-to-people contacts is the essence of strong bilateral relations and suggested that both countries should facilitate cultural exchanges.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic Mr. Jan Fury endorsed Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s recommendation for strengthening people to people contacts. He added that Czech Republic acknowledges Pakistan’s aspiration for regional peace and security. He further remarked that cooperation with Pakistan in science, agriculture and defense are key priorities of Czech Republic’s long standing relations with Pakistan.

He acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the global war on terror and added that remarked that Czech Republic will continue to partner with Pakistan in strengthening democracy, rule of law and to promote genuine human development in the region.


China- A Forceful Voice for Marginalized Nations: Speaker NA - September 27, 2016

Islamabad: September 27, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that 67 years ago People’s Republic of China emerged on the international scene as a forceful voice for the oppressed and marginalized nations all over the world. He further added that Pakistan takes the pride of being the first nation in the world to recognize the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and establish diplomatic relations. He was addressing as a chief guest in a dinner hosted by Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong at Islamabad to observe the 67th National Day of People’s Republic of China which falls on the first of October.

He highlighted that Sino-Pak relationship is based on the firm foundations of mutual respect, trust, peaceful co-existence and brotherly neighborhood. We have firmly stood by each other in every thick and thin and it is thus that this friendship has passed from one generation to the other, he added.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pak-China strategic partnership is highly essential for peace and development in the region and beyond. Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as game-changer project for the regional development, he remarked that the realization of CPEC is manifestation of shared dream of unprecedented prosperity for our Region.

The Speaker appreciated the efforts of the Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, for his support for Green Parliament Project and for all of his devoted efforts in promoting closer ties between China and Pakistan.  He said that relations with China is bedrock of Pakistan’s foreign policy and further added that Pakistan and China are committed to an all-encompassing and enduring partnership to support each other at international and regional forums. 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Mr. Abid Malik, Senior Reporter Dunya TV - September 24, 2016

Islamabad: September 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of father of Mr. Abid Malik, Senior Reporter Dunya Tv. 
 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Abid Malik, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


Hearts Of Both Pakistanis And Chinese People Beats Together: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - September 22, 2016

Islamabad: September 22, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the hearts of both Pakistanis and Chinese people beats together and their destiny is also same. He stated that our mutually beneficial collaboration is spread over a wide range of projects in all geographical terrains, from the heights of the Karakoram to the waters of the Arabian Sea.  was speaking at the Forum of Textile and Garments Industry Development, according to a message received from Urumqi, China.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan’s relations with China and especially Xinjiang province are already strong as trade and cooperation on socio economic fronts between the two sides have been increasing and Pakistan looks forward to the Special Economic Zones, which surely turn this region into a gateway to Central and South Asia.

He informed that textile industry has been the mainstay of our economy and exports in Pakistan. This sector is providing livelihood to more than 10 million farming families and accounts for 40% of the industrial employment, he added.

The Speaker said that government of Pakistan is currently working on improving the textile industry and its value chain through various initiatives including energy projects, infrastructural and manpower development.

He said that a pro-business investment policy remains a central plank of Pakistan’s strategy. The investment policy of the government provides for 100% equity ownership, full repatriation of capital, tax breaks, customs duty concessions on the import of plant, machinery and raw materials, the Speaker added.
 


Pakistan's Commitment to Regional Cooperation is Unwavering: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - September 21, 2016

Islamabad: September 21, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is committed to deepen an unprecedented regional cooperation and connectivity in Asia and beyond. He remarked that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is manifestation of Pak-China time tested friendship and a demonstration of our resolve to broaden cooperation in all spheres of development. He was speaking at the 5thChina-Eurasia Expo, according to a message received from Urumqi, China.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that robust macroeconomic and financial cooperation among nations is prerequisite to secure regional and global economic stability. Referring to Pak-China strategic and inter-parliamentary relations, he added that this relation enjoy across-the-board political and popular public support that is unique and sets it apart from the rest of the world. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is surely going to open up new vistas of development for the entire region, he added.
The Speaker remarked that Pakistan welcome the participation of public and private companies from across the region to invest in Pakistan and make the most of this regional connectivity. He urged the need for boosting trade, investment and industrial integration within Asia and Europe through trade liberalization, allowing greater access to markets and investment-friendly policies. He highlighted that the investment policy in Pakistan has been immensely conducive, welcoming and consistent for the last few years with trade liberalization, de-regulation and privatizationbeing its cornerstone.He further remarked that the recently awarded GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union is a demonstrationof the confidence of the international market in the quality of Pakistani products.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the participants states to muster their respective expertise vis-a-vis oversight on the executive and influencing governments to invest more in promoting peace, harmony and development for secure and sustainable future of coming generations.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn Bomb Blast in Mohmand Agency Mosque - September 18, 2016

Islamabad: September 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Mohmand  Agency (Bata Mina) and  expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice. 
 

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyrs in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured. 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Father of Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary, Senior Reporter Daily Express - September 18, 2016

Islamabad: September 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of father of Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary Senior Reporter Daily Express. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Meets Chairman Standing Committee Of The NPC - September 15, 2016

 

Islamabad, September 15, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People, according to a message received from Beijing, China.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to the timely completion of various projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridors (CPEC). It was underscored that the CPEC was to the benefit of the two countries as well as for the entire region.

The Speaker said that China is a great country and a time tested friend of Pakistan. We are truly proud to be such a devoted friend from generation to generation, he added. He expressed the hope that frequent parliamentary exchanges and people to people contacts would further strengthen the historically robust relationship. He highlighted the complete political consensus in Pakistan on the importance of the CPEC and on Pakistan-China relation.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also briefed his Chinese counterpart on the current situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and emphasized on the need for a peaceful settlement of this longstanding dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman Standing Committee of the NPC termed Pakistan and China as “All Weather Strategic Partners” and expressed support for the initiatives undertaken by the Government of Pakistan for Socio- Economic development. He also stated his understanding of Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir dispute.

The two sides on the need for the frequent parliamentary exchange at various levels to have parliamentary oversight over the CPPEC projects as well as to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries in different areas.

Later on the Speaker also attended a dinner hosted by Madam Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the people.
 


Ruling regarding References made by the Speaker NA is according to Constitution, Rules and Regulations: NA Spokesman - September 8, 2016

Islamabad, 8 September 2016: According to National Assembly Spokesman, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that his rulings over the references submitted by the treasury and opposition members were issued in light of Constitution and Rules & Regulations after thorough examination and careful analysis of the documents. He said that he didn’t make decisions to create equilibrium by forwarding two references from each side to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rather it was based on pure merit. He added that it’s not his office but the ECP the right forum to decide the fate of these documents within 90 days. Moreover, he said, independent judiciary is also present in this regard.


NA Speaker Pays Tribute To Martyrs Of Armed Forces Of 1965 War - September 5, 2016

Islamabad September 05, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistani nation is in debt to the sacrifices rendered by martyrs of the armed forces of the country who gave up their lives in 1965 war to secure and safeguard the frontiers of Pakistan and maintain the pride of the motherland. He remarked this in his special message delivered on the occasion of ‘Defence Day’ of Pakistan being commemorated on September 6. 

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that on this day we pay tribute and homage to our heroes of armed forces who enlightened the spirit of honour and glory through their ultimate sacrifices. Recognizing the defence capacity of the men in uniform, the Speaker argued that we have a strong and firm belief in the enriched safeguarding capacity of the armed forces that can combat any resilience and aggression against our beloved homeland.  

He further added that Pak Army has witnessed commendable success in the operation Zarb-e-Azb despite of the critical challenges in fighting against terrorism and extremism. Subsequently the armed forces have won the hearts of nation which stands shoulder to shoulder with armed forces in the efforts to protect and safeguard the country from any aggression and terrorism, remarked by the Speaker.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq applauded the unprecedented unity of the nation demonstrated by the people and armed forces on 6th September, 1965 that made this day memorable in the history. He further added that this was the time to pay tribute to brave, courageous and lionhearted individuals who embraced ‘Shahadat’ while fighting for the country and security of the nation.

The speaker highlighted that Pakistan is a peace loving country that envisions peace and stability in the region. To root out the menace of terrorism and extremism the armed forces of Pakistan are equipped with professional preparedness and modern day warfare to successfully frustrate the enemy designs at internal and external fronts, added by the Speaker.    

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his concluding remarks paid rich tribute to the Armed forces for rendering supreme services and added that the spirit, unity and commitment shown by nation and Pak army on this day 51 years ago could again be the guiding forces to surpass all the challenges faced by the country and take the nation to the new heights of development and stability.
 


Institutionalization A Key to Ensure Modern, Efficiency-Driven and Public Responsive Work Environment: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - September 5, 2016

Islamabad September 05, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that institutionalization is a key to ensure a modern, efficiency-driven and public responsive work environment. He said that energy crisis - being a major problem in Pakistan - need to be addressed with stern measures through cost-effective reforms in the energy sector. He said that during his tenure in the office of speakership, he made sure that this critical issue is addressed by taking bold initiatives and out of the box solutions. He was addressing a seminar on “Net Metering” held in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad today.

Speaking at the occasion, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that when he assumed office in 2013, he envisioned moving away the National Assembly from a conventional work environment to modern and automated form. He said that for that purpose sharp reductions were made in the organizational expenditure and energy audit was conducted leading to exploring alternative source of energy. He apprised the audience that in his first meeting with the Chinese Ambassador, he asked for Chinese support to shift the Parliament’s energy source to solar energy in order to nullify power loss and millions of expenditure.

Speaker National Assembly said that in this regard Green Parliament Project was initiated that led to establishment of 1 MW solar power project – the first of its kind in the world. He added that being an environment friendly programme that reduces power usage, this project is a landmark in terms of climate protection addressing global warming threats. He informed that this project holds the capacity not only to fulfill Parliament House’s energy demands but also to feed excess energy into national electricity grid. He said that subsequently Parliament House has been issued “Net-Metering” license by NEPRA enabling it to add surplus energy to the National Grid. He said that provincial assembly of Punjab has also expressed its desire to replicate this project in it premises.

Concluding his address, the NA Speaker said that it is our responsibility to protect the environment for our generations to come as global warming poses serious threats to mother-earth. He said that for his distinguish services in addressing this grave issue, he would suggest the project head of Green Parliament Project Mr. Shahid Shoukat’s name for Pride of Performance award to be conferred to him by the government of Pakistan.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn bomb blast at Mardan - September 2, 2016

Islamabad: September 02, 2016:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast outside District Court Mardan causing loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such heinous activities were the enemies of the country and humanity and wanted to disrupt the peace in the country.   They said that such cowardly acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Nation and Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and for early recovery of injured.  They also sympathized with bereaved families.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of mr. Zahid Malik, Editor in Chief Daily Pakistan Observer - September 1, 2016

Islamabad September 1, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of senior journalist and Editor in Chief Daily Pakistan Observer, Mr. Zahid Malik.

In their separate condolence messages to his sons, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Mr. Zahid Malik, they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistan Confident Of Chinese Support At International Forums: Speaker NA - August 31, 2016

Islamabad, August 31st, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan confidently count on Chinese support at international forums and genuine economic development. Referring to the historic brotherly relations between two the nations, the Speaker remarked that the international community cannot offer a parallel of Sino-Pak ties. He was speaking to Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong who called on him at Parliament House Islamabad on Wednesday.

Matters of mutual interests and strategic environment in the region came under discussion. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests; Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time.  He termed the alliance of two friends as highly imperative for responding to regional and global challenges. He further urged the need for cementing people-to-people contacts to take bilateral relations to new heights. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq added that the completion of CPEC will change the destiny of the region and will unleash a new era of Pak-China relations. The Speaker highly appreciated Chinese assistance for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament to switch over to solar power for meeting its electricity requirements.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the need for forgoing partnerships to fast track progress on meeting Sustainable Development Goals and promotes genuine human development at all levels of the society. He highlighted that Pakistan seeks Chinese assistance in exploration of renewable energy resources and enhancement of manufacturing capacity of the Pakistani industry. He remarked that CPEC will add a new impetus to Sino-Pak business relations.  
The Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s claim that the Pak-Chin relations has no parallel in international community. He added that China is committed to an enduring partnership with Pakistan and aspires to further strengthen the existing brotherly relations.

He said that China will continue to assist Pakistan in technology, defense and infrastructure development. He highlighted that the strategic calculation and environment in the region have pushed Pakistan and China into an unflinching bond.


Kashmir Issue: Ayaz Sadiq’s Letters to Speakers of 196 Parliaments - August 31, 2016

Islamabad, August 31, 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has sent letters to the Speakers of 196 Parliaments to highlight the rampant, unending and gross human rights abuse in Indian Occupied Kashmir and to garner diplomatic and political support for the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people. He said that Kashmir issue is the core priority of Pakistan’s Parliament and there is a unanimous consensus across the political parties in the Parliament. He was speaking to the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Mr. Masood Khan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday. 

He said that Kashmir issue is the oldest dispute awaiting in the UN Security Council agenda. He remarked that the forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference. He remarked that brutality, gross human rights abuse and oppression will never suppress the aspiration for freedom and right to self-determination. He said that Pakistan would continue to extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. He highlighted that Pakistan’s support for Kashmir cause has received a new impetus during the tenure of the current government. Appreciating the decision of the Prime Minister to send Parliamentarians as envoys to garner diplomatic support for Kashmir cause, he remarked that Parliamentary diplomacy will awaken the conscience of the international community to take notice of barbarity and oppression of the Kashmiri people by world’s so called largest democracy.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that the National Assembly of Pakistan has called an International Conference on Kashmir issue on 13-14th October 2016 in Islamabad to highlight the human rights abuse in Kashmir and generate international support for freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people. He added that the conference will be attended by Members of Parliaments, Civil Society, Media and intellectuals from across the world. He outlined that peace in the region is unthinkable when India continued to deny Kashmir’s their inherent right to self-determination and when their peaceful demonstrations were met with Indian high-handedness. He added that ‘oppression on unarmed protestors cannot kill their aspiration for freedom and a peaceful future’.

Referring to Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir, the Speaker remarked that he pulled back Pakistan from hosting 61stCommonwealth Parliamentary Conference as its chosen President when India agitated for extending invitation to Assembly of Indian Occupied Kashmir. He added that the Parliament of Pakistan could not issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend the Conference, as it would have been in violation of the UNSC Resolutions. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir was more important than hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Kashmir issue is highlighted in every meeting of Parliamentary Friendship Groups and visits of Parliamentary delegations.

The President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Mr. Masood Khan highly appreciated the endeavors of the Parliament of Pakistan in taking up the Kashmir issue at various bilateral and multilateral forums. He added that the role of Parliamentary diplomacy is central to supporting the Kashmir cause. He expressed confidence in efforts of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to prioritize Kashmir issue at international forums.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father In Law of Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA - August 28, 2016

            Islamabad: August 28, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of father-in-law of  Ms. Shahida Rehmani Member National Assembly.  

            In their separate condolence messages to Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of her father-in-law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

 


Turkish Ambassador Calls on Speaker NA - August 25, 2016

Islamabad, August 25, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that friendship between the two brotherly countries was time tested and had roots in history. He said that Turkey has always been a friend in need and stood by Pakistan in difficult times.He was speaking to the Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin in Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries for further cementing the fraternal relations between the two countries. Parliamentarians of the two sides could play a meaningful role in the region as “parliamentary diplomacy” could enable the real policy makers to understand each-others points of view better, he added. Expressing his concern over the problems confronting Muslim Ummah, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that it was the responsibility of all the parliamentarians from Muslim countries to work in close cooperation.

Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin said that Pakistan and Turkey have unanimity of views on the political front and the cooperation between both the nations should be extended to all spheres of all mutual relations.

He said that the culture and values of people in Pakistan and Turkey have much commonalities and could be utilized for strengthening mutual relations and for the benefit of the people. He assured the Speaker that his country will do all possible for speeding up the pace of economic development and progress in Pakistan.


Humanitarian Aid Workers Work for Helping People Regardless of Religion, Race, Color and Nationality: NA Speaker - August 18, 2016

Islamabad, August 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has appreciated the commendable role of humanitarian and aid workers for rendering humanitarian service in times of humanitarian crisis in the country. He said this in his message on the occasion of ‘World Humanitarian Day ‘being commemorated on 19 August 2016.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the aid workers put their life in risk for humanitarian service helping people around the world in times of conflict and natural disaster. This day is celebrated to honor the phenomenal contributions and sacrifices of aid workers striving for a better human world, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker highlighted that humanitarian aid workers have played significant role in Pakistan during floods, earthquake and internal displacement and provided remarkable service to the effected population in Pakistan. Their timely support and commitment has won the hearts of nation and left the mark of humanity in peoples mind added by the speaker.

 The speaker argued that humanitarian aid workers solemnly work for helping people regardless of religion, race, color and nationality that add prestige to their work, besides their work is neutral and impartial during course of their action while working with populations in times of humanitarian crisis.

 Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that it is time to pay tribute and applaud the role of humanitarian aid workers and consider their services for humanity and the support they have provided during critical humanitarian crisis in Pakistan and around the world.  


Speaker NA for Partnership With Germany Against Regional and Global Challenges - August 17, 2016

Islamabad, August 17, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that cordial relation with Germany is pivotal to Pakistan’s outreach to Europe. He urged the need for substantial and concrete engagement on pressing issues prevalent in the region and beyond. He was speaking to Ambassador of Germany Ms. Ina Lepel in Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

Appreciating the interest of Germany in a vibrant and inclusive Pakistani democracy, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan’s political leadership is committed to cement Pak-German political engagement for strengthening democratic governance. Admiring German’s hospitality extended to Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation led by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq himself, he remarked that there is an immense scope of furthering people-to-people contacts. He expressed satisfaction with the pace of political and economic cooperation between the two countries. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for expansion of economic relations through sustained engagement of chambers of commerce and other business forums. He further said that Pakistan is keen to benefit from Germany’s scientific and educational expertise to ensure genuine human development in Pakistan.

In a strong worded statement, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq condemned to latest wave of terrorist attacks in Europe and further added that Pakistan’s public stands in solidarity with European citizens. The Speaker said that Pakistani political and military leadership has demonstrated an unflinching commitment to eliminate terrorism from its soil. Referring to cementing cooperation with Germany, the Speaker remarked that Parliamentary engagement between the two nations is the bedrock of robust relation between the two nations and further urged the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations.

The German Ambassador Ms. Ina Lepel endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations and cementing people-to-people contacts. She added that Germany consider Pakistan a partner in South Asia for furthering genuine human development. She suggested that Germany is keen to partner with Pakistan in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and further appreciated the establishment of SDGs secretariat at National Assembly of Pakistan for fast-tracking progress on the stated objectives.

Ms. Ina Lepel acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in global war on terror and added that Germany would continue to support Pakistan at the regional as well as international level in its endeavors for promoting peace, democracy and economic development.


First SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference Concludes - August 17, 2016

Islamabad, August 17, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has expressed his belief that it is up to the parliamentarians to resolve the issues in the battlefield or through dialogue. He stressed on the need to give a fair share to women in the politics as well as in the inter-parliamentary delegations within the SAARC region.He was addressing the closing ceremony of the 1stSAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary services (PIPS) Islamabad.

Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker also apprised to the audience that Pakistan has been the biggest victim of the terrorism and after a long and hard struggle it is restrained to an appreciable extent. He also condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Quetta, Paris and Brussels. “Terrorists have no religion and no nationality. We have to work together to tackle this curse jointly”, the speaker added.

He termed the youth to be the decisive power and urged them to actively involve themselves in politics. “The Youth should hold us accountable wherever we go wrong” he said. The Speaker also desired that the foreign delegates should interact with the youth of the country by visiting different universities. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also extended his invitation again to the Speakers of all SAARC countries to visit Pakistan to change the negative perception they might have due to the picture portrayed by the international media.

While addressing the ceremony, the Speaker appreciated the organisers of the conference for organizing the event in a befitting manner. He also commended and greatly lauded the efforts of MNA Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan on working tirelessly to make the conference a huge success.

The heads of delegates fully endorsed the Joint Islamabad Communiqué. They thanked the members of Parliament from Pakistan to have made their stay a memorable one. Expressing joy over their experience of visiting Pakistan they said that they came here with a different perception but leaving with a different and much improved opinion.

The convener of the conference Malik Uzair presented the conference declaration. He emphasised on the need to institutionalise the SAARC Young Parliamentarians Forum. The Heads of Delegates of the SAARC countries ensure the full commitment to enforce their respective part of the declaration and desired that the same should not be reduced to the paper but also implemented in letter and spirit for increased cooperation, coordination and dialogue between the SAARC countries. A unanimous decision to hold the meetings of SAARC Young Parliamentarians on a regular basis was also taken by the delegates. The two day conference ended with a pledge and promise to present the recommendations of this conference in the SAARC summit to be held in November this year in Pakistan.

 


NA Speaker Inaugurates 1st SAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 - August 16, 2016

Islamabad, August 16, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that SAARC future leaders could settle the outstanding issues through dialogue and engagement to move towards peace and prosperity in the region. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 1stSAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 being held in Islamabad from 16-18 August 2016.

Calling it a momentous occasion in the history of democracy of the region, the NA Speaker said that South Asia must not remain a “Prisoner of the Past” but it should radiate fresh ideas and aspirations of our combined future. He said that statesmanship demanded that we confront our issues judiciously and address them honestly with an aim to solve them sincerely. The NA Speaker outlined that shared cultures and histories of the region, and developing economies could provide ample opportunities to work together to address common challenges.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that the goal of holding this conference was to build bridges between the future leaders of South Asia on a platform that supports continued engagement and cooperation. He urged the young parliamentarians to grasp the opportunity and with wide-ranging legislative and oversight powers and to turn the dream of a peaceful and prosperous neigh bourhood into a beaming reality.

The NA Speaker said that the inaugural SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference was a milestone to strategize a vision of vibrant, skilled and socially proactive youth citizenship in all member countries. “Special attention must be paid to encouraging youth participation in politics and civil society, and bringing about gender equality in all dimensions of our societies”, he added

He urged the delegates to make SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference into a forum that could streamline youth-related initiatives through legislative, representative and oversight tools within and outside members Parliaments for the mutual goal of youth emancipation.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his hope that the diverse themes being discussed and deliberated in the inaugural SAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference would augment the joint efforts of all young parliamentarians from the region to provide sustainable solutions to our common challenges of human security, abject poverty, malnutrition, addressing climate change and of meeting the newly instituted Sustainable Development Goals.

 


Outgoing Romanian Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - August 15, 2016

Islamabad, August 15, 2016: Outgoing Romanian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Emilian Ion paid a farewell call on Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House, today. Eulogizing the services of the Ambassador Mr. Emilian Ion for promoting Pak-Romania Friendship, the Speaker said that broad-based bilateral relations with Pakistan have received a new impetusduring his stay in Pakistan.

While talking to the Ambassador, the Speaker outlined that Pakistan’s political leadership has set out to forge deeper cooperation within the region and beyond and further added that relation with Romania is a stepping stone for Pakistan’s broader outreach to European Union. He said that interaction between legislators from both the countries would provide them opportunities to exchange views and share experiences.  He invited the Romanian investors to take advantage of huge investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Referring to the hospitality extended to Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation during their visit to Romania, the Speaker said that Romania reciprocates Pakistan’s gesture of friendship. Pakistan-Romania relations are based on mutual goodwill and understanding as well as converging views on important global issues, he added. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan is keen to collaborate with Romania in fast-tracking progress on achieving Sustainable Development Goals under the umbrella of first of its kind SDGs Secretariat established in National Assembly Secretariat. He also underlined the need for cooperation in education, Defence Production, Oil & Petroleum, tourism, sustainable energy generation and prevention of human trafficking.

The Romanian Ambassador Mr. Emilian Ion expressed his gratitude to Speaker for his views and said that during his stay in Pakistan, he has found Pakistanis friendly, peace-loving and resilient who have withstood the test of time. He assured Speaker that he would keep on portraying true image of Pakistan during his next diplomatic assignment.

The Romanian Ambassador Mr. Emilian endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expansion of Parliamentary and commercial relations. He added that Romania consider Pakistan as its partner in addressing regional and global challenges. He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in global war on terror and acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan for global peace and security.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulates The Nation on Independence Day - August 13, 2016

Islamabad, August 13th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq congratulated the nation on the eve of ‘Independence Day’. He remarked, this day remind us the unforgettable struggle and sacrifices made by our forefathers for next generations to live in freedom.

The Speaker urged the countrymen to pledge for steering Pakistan on the path of prosperity and development. He added that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah entrusted us with a sacred trust to transform Pakistan into a citadel of peace and a model for all other nations. He stated that 14th August is a reminiscent of countless sacrifices rendered for establishment, defense and security of Pakistan. The Speaker also paid rich tribute to the martyred heroes of Pakistan. 

The Speaker highlighted that this day is a pride for the Pakistani nation that is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that this day gives us the message to work whole heartedly with full devotion for the prosperity and development of our beloved country. We need to work with strong passion and commitment for the betterment and advancement of our homeland, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker said that on this Independence Day let we rethink about our plans, our actions and their outcomes for forging synergies in the best interest of our country and raising Pakistan to new heights of development.   

 


Ambassador Ofargentine Calls On Speaker NA - August 11, 2016

Islamabad; August 11th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is determined to pursue broad-based bilateral cooperation with Argentine in expansion of economic relations. He added that sustained cooperation in agriculture is central to achieving food security and sustainable development. He was speaking to Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich, Ambassador of Argentine to Pakistan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Thursday. Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Convener of Pak- Argentine Friendship Group was also present on the occasion.

In a warm invitation extended to the Speaker of Argentine’s Parliament to visit Pakistan, the Speaker asserted that Parliamentary engagement and economic cooperation will give a renewed strength to the relations between Pakistan and Argentine. In addition to strengthening Parliamentary ties, he underlined the need for a comprehensive frameworkto cement people to people contacts. Ayaz Sadiq added that the present government has provided a highly conducive environment for foreign investors. He further added that current government is committed to facilitate foreign investors.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s political and military leadership’s commitment to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is unflinching.  He outlined that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism strategy is guided by a jointly formulated National Action Plan which ensures across the board action against terrorism.

The Argentine AmbassadorMr. Ivan Ivanissevich highly acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and endeavors for global peace and security. He remarked that Pakistan has played a frontline role against the scourge of global terrorism. He expressed confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to eliminating terrorism from the country.

Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich further remarked that Argentine attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He highlighted that Parliamentary cooperation and exchange of delegations is central to promoting sustained engagement between the two countries.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Hanif Muhammad - August 11, 2016

Islamabad: August 11, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of legendary cricketer Hanif Muhammad alias Little Master.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tribute to his services in the field of cricket and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Hanif Muhammad. They termed the death of Hanif  Muhammad a great loss to the country and said that  the vacuum created by his  death in the is difficult to  fill.  “His services will be remembered for a long time to come” they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family and fans to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast At Civil Hospital Quetta - August 8, 2016

Islamabad: August 08, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at Civil Hospital Quetta and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
  
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism.  They said that the elements involved in such heinous activities were the enemies of the country and humanity and wanted to disrupt the peace in the country.   They said that such cowardly acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


US Congressman Calls On Speaker NA - August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016: Speaker National Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that a broad based Parliamentary engagement between Pakistan and the United States is central to address evolving regional challenges. He added that both nations have cherished a long and rich history of close and cordial ties between. He was speaking to the US Congressman Mr. Christ Stewart who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday. US Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. David Hale was also present on the occasion.

The Speaker highlighted that throughout Pakistan’s history, US has remained a partner in promoting genuine human development in Pakistan. Referring to the post 9/11 relations, the Speaker added that Pak-US alliance is not limited to narrow strategic interests rather it is based on comprehensive framework for cooperation in Science, Economy, Education, Agriculture, Human Rights, Governance and Democracy.

Sardar ayaz Sadiq said terrorism and extremism are directly related to conflicts and disputes and called on the international community to pay urgent attention to address disputes and unresolved conflicts, aggression, foreign occupation and denial of the right to self-determination. Referring to Pakistan’s contribution in war on terror, he remarked that the sacrifices rendered by Pakistani citizens will not go in vain.  He informed that the will of the political and military leadership to root out extremism from Pakistan is unflinching and urged deep rooted and robust bilateral cooperation for eliminating terrorism from the region and beyond. “Both terrorism and extremism posed severe threat to global peace and prosperity but terrorism should not be associated with any religion, culture or society”, he added.

The Speaker urged the US Congressman to take notice of Indian atrocities against innocent citizens in Kashmir. He added that Pakistan is committed to UN resolutions for self-determination of the Kashmiri people and we want to settle our dispute with discussion. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the US assistance to Pakistan in strengthening legislative capacity of the Parliament and efforts undertaken to promote an inclusive democracy in Pakistan. He added that Parliamentary cooperation between the two nations needs to receive a new vigor.  He also underlined the need for promoting people to people contacts to deepen shared understanding of each other.

US Congressman Mr. Christ Stewart appreciated Pakistan’s eagerness for a comprehensive relation with United States and assured the Speaker that US Congress is committed to strengthen Parliamentary engagements and people to people contacts with Pakistan. He highlighted that United States consider Pakistan a partner in promoting genuine human development in South Asia and further added that United Stated is committed to harness Pakistan’s potential to create a brighter economic future for its citizens.

He said that US shared Pakistan’s concerns and interests in the global struggle against terrorism. He added that joint cooperation is central to protecting and projecting mutual interests of both nations.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Shamim Ara - August 5, 2016

Islamabad: August 05, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of renowned Film Director and Artist, Shamim Ara.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the said demise of Shamim Ara. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


PML (N) MNAs Submit Reference to Speaker NA for Disqualification of Imran Khan - August 5, 2016

Islamabad August 05, 2016:  A delegation of members of National Assembly from Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) met Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his Chamber at Parliament House today.  The Members of the Delegation submitted a Reference to Speaker National Assembly under Article 62 & 63 Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for disqualification of Imran Khan, MNA from the National Assembly seat.   

The delegation comprising MNAs Muhammad Talal Chaudhry, Danyal Aziz, Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Muhammad Khan Daha and Main Abdul Manunan. The members of delegation sought Speaker’s decision on disqualification of Imran Khan.

In his remarks the Speaker assured the members that decision on the reference will be taken according to Constitution and Rules.

 


Pakistan And Turkmenistan Entering Into A New Era Of Unparalleled Cooperation: Speaker NA - August 3, 2016

Islamabad, August 3rd, 2016:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is set to open a new chapter in vibrantPak-Turkmenistan inter-Parliamentary relations.  He was speaking to the Chairperson Turkmenistan’s Parliamentary delegation led by his counterpart Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna Nurberdiyeva.

He outlined that Pakistan is proud of its brotherly relations with Turkmenistan and added that shared strategic calculations and mutuality of interests have brought the two nations ever closer. The Speaker termed Turkmenistan as “Pakistan’s partners” in its endeavors for the regional peace and prosperity.He said that Pak-Turkmen cooperation at various multilateral and bilateral forums is highly imperative for achieving shared objectives of regional and global peace. Referring to the repeated meetings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov during the last 14 months, he added that top leadership of both countries is determined to forge deeper cooperation. Appreciating the repeated meetings of Pak-Turkmen Parliamentary Friendship Group, he urged the need for adding a new vigor to Pak-Turkmenistan inter-Parliamentary ties and exploring other avenues for furthering people to people contacts between the two brotherly countries.

The Speaker outlined that Turkmenistan’s energy potential may greatly assist in restraining Pakistan’s power shortages and reciprocally Pakistani sea ports as well as  expertise in agriculture sector, food processing and textiles will potentially benefit Turkmenistan.Referring to the 8 MoUs signed between the two nations during the visit of Turkmen President to Pakistan in March, 2016, he urged the need for boosting bilateral trade and diversification of economic relations for mutual prosperity. He remarked that the completion of TAPI Pipeline would open a new chapter of energy cooperation between Asian nations to ease energy deficits in South Asia.

Chairperson of the Mejlis of the Turkemenistan Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna Nurberdiyeva said that Turkmenistan is determined to foster robust ties with Pakistan through enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation. She remarked that Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral cooperation will unleash a new wave of connectivity in the region.

She added that Turkmenistan consider its partnership with Pakistan highly essential for promoting peace in the region. Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expanding people to people contacts and exchange of Parliamentary delegations.  Later on, the Turkmen Speaker also signed the visitor’s book along with her comments.The delegation also visited the Solar Power Plant installed in the premises of Parliament to meet the energy requirement of Parliament House.


Chairperson Turkmenistan’s Mejlis To Visit Pakistan - August 2, 2016

Islamabad, 2 August, 2016: A parliamentary delegation from Turkmenistan led by Chairperson of Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan Mrs. Akja Nurberdiyeva will be visiting Pakistan over a two-day stay starting from 2nd August, 2016. The delegation is visiting on invitation by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The delegation will hold bilateral meetings with the Pakistani political leadership including President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif besides its visit to the Parliament House where it will be meeting with the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani separately. Matters pertaining to bilateral relations, regional affairs and parliamentary interactions will be discussed in the meet ups.

The delegation will also take a tour of the Green Parliament Project that meets the energy demands of the Parliament House, the first of its kind in the region.


Child Labour Barrier To National Development: NA Speaker - August 1, 2016

Islamabad; 1 August, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that child Labour was a huge impediment to children’s rights; and a barrier to national development and prosperity. He lamented that the children who enter the labour force end up being deprived of all amenities of life which could uplift them, their families and eventually the whole society out of poverty and hunger. He was addressing an event observing the “World Day against Child Labour” being organized by the Federal Ombudsman in Islamabad. Federal Ombudsman Salman Farooqi also spoke at the occasion.

Highlighting the global severity of child labour, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that 215 million children around the world including Pakistan were working, with more than half of them exposed to worst forms of child labour including hazardous environments and slavery. He apprised the audience regarding establishment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Secretariat in the Parliament House and said that the Parliament was functioning in accordance with international development agendas. He said that in this regard, he constituted a Parliamentary Task Force coordinating with all the provinces and administrative units to formulate a common strategy to deal with developmental challenges of such nature.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the efforts of Ombudsman in raising awareness regarding the critical but ignored matter of child labour across the country. He said that the role of Ombudsman in effectively dealing with the individual complaints pertaining to children was crucial because of its existing legal framework to address the systematic issues. He also commended the Ombudsman for addressing significant cases of public importance and providing relief to hundreds of thousands. He extended his all out support in providing assistance in formulating and coordinating policies on Child Rights and Child Protection through National Commissioner for Children.

The Speaker stressed upon the need to devise integrated strategies formulated by coordinated efforts of legislation, civil society organizations and media to rehabilitate and free the children in labour. He informed that the Parliament would soon hold debates on matters pertaining to vital importance of social development including population growth and child labour. He said that both issues are largely interconnected with one leading to another because of lack of resources.  He said that we should avail this opportunity to think of children in forced labour who are facing the harsh and unforgiving effects of this hardship.   “We undoubtedly owe all these children a future without violence, fear and exploitation as they deserve to be at schools and acquiring skills and education which prepare them for decent work as adults”, he added.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mr. Anwar Ali Cheema, Former Federal Minister - July 31, 2016

Islamabad: July 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Mr. Anwar Ali Cheema, former Federal Minister and MNA.   

In their separate condolence message to his Family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Mr. Anwar Ali Cheema. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan - July 31, 2016

Islamabad: July 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have congratulated Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, on their election as Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In their separate congratulatory message to Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, they said that their election as Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir was an evidence of trust and confidence of leadership, members of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly reposed in them. They expressed the hope that under their sagacious leadership Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly will play more vital role to further strengthen the democratic norms and institutions in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed for their success.

 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Shah Ghulam Qadir and Sardar Farooq Tahir - July 30, 2016

Islamabad: July 30, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have congratulated Shah Ghulam Qadir and Sardar Farooq Tahir, on their  election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

In their separate congratulatory message to Shah Ghulam Qadir and Sardar Farooq Tahir, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that their  election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was an evidence of trust and confidence of leadership, members of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly reposed in them. They expressed the hope that under their sagacious leadership Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly will play more vital role to further strengthen the democratic norms and institutions in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed for their success.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mother of Nasim Zehra - July 28, 2016

Islamabad:  July 28, 2016:   Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the death of mother of Nasim Zehra, Senior Columnist and Anchor.

In their separate condolence messages to Nasim Zehra, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of her mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to her and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistan Is Committed To Peace And Prosperity In The World: Says NA Speaker - July 26, 2016

Islamabad: July 26, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan is committed to peace and prosperity in the region and the world. We do not want to be engaged in an arms race in South Asia. He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of Standing Committee on Economics and Sustainable Development Affairs of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Islamabad, today.

He said that we are self-respecting nation whereas Pakistan is obliged to take essential steps to maintain its security. “At the same time, we also cannot however remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics and arms buildup in our region” the Speaker added. While discussing the issue of Nuclear Supplies Group, he argued that no single nation is treated as favorite while discriminating with others. International politics should instead function on ideals of justice, equality and fairness. “The world cannot be a safer place, if nations are discriminated” he urged. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq assured that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear weapon state, and we will continue to support the objectives of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation by maintaining the highest standards of security of nuclear facilities and stocks.

The Speaker said that the security situation around the world remains precarious. Terrorism remains a serious threat and it has caused the loss of over 60,000 innocent lives in Pakistan over the last two decades. He further said that the government and the people of Pakistan have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to uproot the menace of terrorism and violent extremism from Pakistan. The consensus-based military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” has been remarkably successful in our campaign against terrorism and extremism, the Speaker informed.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged that the plight of Palestinians, Rogenia Muslims and Kashmiris cannot be ignored if we wish to build a peaceful and democratic Asia. The international community including the APA member states must redress these injustices against these victims of aggression. “Our Parliament stands firm in solidarity with all such oppressed people of the world and demands from the international community to ensue their fundamental rights. The Kashmir dispute must be resolved in light of the UN Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people”, he added.

The Speaker said that one of the key pillars of Pakistan’s policy is to encourage regional integration and connectivity. The most promising element of this policy is the recently launched China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He informed that CPEC will help end power outages in Pakistan, and ensure seamless connectivity between China, South Asia and Central Asia.

He said that Pakistan firm believes in the promotion of democracy, peace, security and development in the region and its neighborhood.” I am sure that guided by Asian spirit and sustained efforts, we can resolve the intricacies of integration towards establishing an Asian Parliament to transform our continent into one unified parliament”, the Speaker said.


Turkey Is Time Tested Friend Of Pakistan: Says NA Speaker - July 26, 2016

Islamabad: July 26, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that friendship between the Turkey and Pakistan is time tested and has roots in history. This fact cannot be denied that Turkey has always been a friend in need and stood by Pakistan in difficult times. He expressed these views in a meeting with Turkish Parliamentarians Mr. Burhan Kayaturk and Mr. Baris Karadeniz in Parliament House, today. Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin, Turkish Ambassador was also present in the meeting.

While discussing the recent situation in Turkey, the Speaker paid rich tributes to the Turkish people for their resolute support to democracy and rule of law by foiling the coup.“We express our complete support and solidarity with Turkey, the democratically elected government of Turkey and the democratic institutions of Turkey. Pakistan Parliament reaffirms its abiding interest in a democratic, peaceful and stable Turkey” he added.

The Speaker underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries for further cementing the fraternal relations between the two countries. He said that parliamentarians of the two sides could play a meaningful role in the region as ‘parliamentary diplomacy could enable the real policy makers to understand each-others’ points of view, better. He called for greater interaction between business communities of both the countries to tap the immense economic potential especially in the trade and manufacturing sectors.

Turkish delegation thanked the Speaker’s sentiments for Turkey and assured Turkish all-out support to Pakistan in diverse field. They also agreed with Speaker and said that Turkish Parliament would be delighted to enhance its relations with Pakistani Parliament so that understanding and cooperation between both the countries could be further pursued. They assured the Speaker to take up the issue with the concerned quarters so that areas of bilateral cooperation could be explored.

The Turkish delegation lauded the support of people, parliament and the government of Pakistan for democracy and rule of law in Turkey. They also appreciated the stance of entire nation of Pakistan regarding coup in Turkey and the solidarity with Turkish people. On this occasion, Mr. Burhan Kayaturk presented a CD of coup in Turkey and the commitment of Turkish people with democracy. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq instructed to place this CD place in National Assembly Library and also distribute it to all the parliamentary leaders of Parliament of Pakistan.


Chinese Delegation Calls on Acting Speaker National Assembly - July 22, 2016


International Brotherhood should play a role to end the Indian cruelties - July 20, 2016


Peaceful Settlement of Kashmir Issue in accordance with the Aspirations of Kashmir People; Imperative for the peace and Development of the Region - July 15, 2016

Islamabad: July 15, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Speaker House of Lord, Baroness D’Souza, according to a message received from London, UK. The meeting revolved around Pak-UK historic relations and opportunities for partnership in uplifting democracy through consistent Parliamentary engagement.

Highlighting the Kashmir Issue during the meeting, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people was imperative for the peace and development of the region. He said that Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. “Brutality and coercion have not and will not succeed in suppressing the aspiration and struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination”, Speaker said.

He also informed Baroness D’Souza regarding new initiatives taken by the National Assembly of Pakistan specifically the establishment of first of its kind dedicated Secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals and setting up the first ever Green Parliament in the world after switching on Solar Power. Baroness D’Souza endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for strengthening consistent 5relations with Pakistan encompassing trade, security, human rights, education and people to people contacts. The Lord Speaker said that Britain acknowledge Pakistan’s role in curbing terrorism and stands in solidarity with the families affected by terrorism.

Later on, Speaker National Assembly also held a meeting with MPs and members of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) separately. He said that that his election as President of CPA for the year 2015-16 was an expression of confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening democracy. This was for the first time in over 60 years of Pakistan’s association with the CPA that Pakistan would have hosted its Annual Conference in September 2015. However, he had to forego his Presidency and withdraw Pakistan’s bid for hosting the 61st CPA Conference for the sake of Pakistan’s historic, unwavering and principled stance on Kashmir as it cannot issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend this Conference. He informed the MPs and CPA Members that Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir is rooted in UN Security Council Resolutions and International Law and further added that Pakistan upholds the right of people of Jammu & Kashmir to self-determination and will continue to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri cause.  He further outlined that Pakistan will continue to cooperate with CPA Members in furthering Parliamentary democracy, rule of law and Human Rights as enshrined the CPA constitution.


NA Speaker and President of German Bundestag agree to enhance Parliamentary Cooperation between Both the Legislatures - July 10, 2016

Islamabad July 10, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan and Germany have the same stated objectives of peace and stability in the region and we hope that our bilateral engagement would continue to broaden on basis of mutual respect and mutual interests.  According to the message received from Germany, he expressed these views while talking to the President of Bundestag (German Parliament), Prof. Norbert Lammert in Bundestag, Berlin.


The meeting was held in cordial atmosphere wherein from both the leaders agreed for strengthening of Pak-German friendship through enhancing parliamentary and people to people contacts. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan values its decade’s old friendship with Germany and strongly desires to strengthen its parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that Germany has been vocal and staunch supporter of Pakistan and has always extended assistance in when needed.
 
The Speaker also held meetings with various Committees of the Bundestag; including the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, the Committee on Defense; the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the South Asia Friendship group.
 
The President of the Brandenburg, State Parliament of Germany also hosted a lunch in honour of the Speaker. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also delivered a talk at the prestigious think tank, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), German Institute for International and Security Affairs and expounded Pakistan's position on key foreign policy issues.
 
During his interactions in Germany, the Speaker discussed full spectrum of relations with his interlocutors. Regional and international issues of mutual concern also came under discussion. The Speaker reiterated the resolve of the government for a peaceful neighborhood and its desire to settle all outstanding political and security issues in the region. The successful efforts of the Pakistani government towards improvement of economy were highlighted.
 


NA Speaker condole the Sad Demise of Savior of Destitute, Abdul Sattar Edhi - July 9, 2016

Islamabad July 9, 2016: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of great servant of humanity, legendary social worker, noble soul, savior of destitute and true asset of Pakistan, Abdul Sattar Edhi.
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that we have lost the prodigious human but his legacy of serving humanity will never be ended. “Edhi’s contribution to social welfare is irreplaceable. His efforts will always be remembered”, he added.
 
The Speaker, offering his condolences to the bereaved family, said, “I offer my deepest condolences to the proud family of Abdul Sattar Edhi and pray that Almighty Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace, Ameen”.
 
Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abassi also expressed his condolences and eulogized services of late Edhi for humanity.


State Secretary of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Calls on Speaker National Assembly - July 9, 2016

Islamabad July 9, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Germany enjoys cordial and cooperative relations which needs to be further strengthened through substantive and long term parliamentary and economic cooperation. According to the message received from Germany, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while talking to Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German State Secretary of Foreign Affairs who called on the Speaker of National Assembly in Berlin.

Speaker briefed the German dignitary on the strengthening of Parliamentary democracy in Pakistan; the prospects and desirability of peace in Afghanistan; and the positive trajectory of economic development and the immense opportunities provided by the CPEC  for trade and connectivity in the region and beyond.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also highlighted the issues of Defence procumbent of Germany, and the expected role of the major powers towards a criteria based expansion of NSG.

The meeting resolved to facilitate German investments in Pakistan; with the State Secretary planning to visit Pakistan third time in two years. This fall at the head of a delegation of German businessman. The meeting ended with mutual assurances to further deeper already excellent bilateral relations.
During the meeting, the Speaker was accompanied by Mir Amir Magsi, MNA and the Ambassador of Pakistan in Germany, Mr. Jauhar Saleem.

Earlier, Mr. Niels Annen, Chairman of the South Asia Friendship Group in the German Parliament, hosted a lunch in the honour of the Speaker.    Full Spectrum of bilateral and regional issues were discussed during the lunch. It was decided that the contacts between the two parliaments would be further strengthening with frequent exchanges and deepening of institutional linkages.
 


Acting President condole the Death of mother of Parliamentary Secretary Ch. Hamid Hameed and former MNA Ahmed Zia ur Rehman - July 2, 2016

Islamabad July 2, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Acting President of Pakistan has condoled the sad demise of mother of Ch. Hamid Hameed, Parliamentary Secretary Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan and Mr. Ahmed Zia Ur Rehman, Former MNA and Father in Law of Barrister Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Parliamentary Secretary Information and Broadcasting.

In their separate condolence messages, Acting President prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Sister of Ghulam Sarwar Khan MNA - June 24, 2016

Islamabad:  June 24, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of sister of Member National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his sister. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn the killing of Amjad Sabri - June 22, 2016

Islamabad;   June 22, 2016.  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the killing of eminent Qawali Singer and Naat Khawan, Amjad Sabri who  assassinated by the unknown assailants in Karachi today.

In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family the Speaker and Deputy Speaker strongly condemned the killing of Amjad Sabri and said that the culprits involved in this heinous incident were the enemies of peace and   humanity.  They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the tragic incident and paid rich tribute to Amjad Sabri  services in field of Qawali. They said that vacuum created by his death is difficult  to fill for a long time to come.    They prayed almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condoled the death of Wife of Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur - June 16, 2016

Islamabad:  June 16, 2016:   Speaker National Assembly  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and  Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi   have condoled the death of wife  of Member National Assembly, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur.

In their separate condolence messages to Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his wife. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Saeed Ahmed (R), Assistant Sergeant at Arms National Assembly Secretariat - June 12, 2016

Islamabad: June 12, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Saeed Ahmed (R) Assistant Sergeant at Arms National Assembly Secretariat.   

In their separate condolence messages to their Family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Saeed Ahmed. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Express grief over the loss of lives in cave in roof of mosque in Karachi - June 10, 2016


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn the killing of Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai - June 9, 2016

Islamabad;   June 9, 2016.  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the killing of Principal University Law College, Quetta Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai, nephew of  Mehmood  Khan Achakzai, Member National Assembly who was killed in firing incident in Quetta.

In their separate message to Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker strongly condemned the killing of Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai. They expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the tragic death of Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Ramadan Teaches Us To Follow The Path Of Goodness And Moderation: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - June 6, 2016

Islamabad, June 6, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Ramadan is a month of blessings in which Muslims across the globe seek benevolence of Almighty Allah through fasting and praying. He said that the holy month warrants to be observed by generously helping those who are less privileged and deprived of basic needs. He expressed these views in his greeting message on the advent of holy month of Ramadan being observed by the Muslims around the world.

Highlighting the divine blessings bestowed upon Muslims in this holy month, the Speaker said that this sacred occasion provides us a prospect to seek forgiveness for our sins and benevolence of Almighty Allah. He said that Ramadan enjoins upon the Muslims to reflect munificence to fellow beings by helping those who are needy and less fortunate. He said that Allah Almighty is magnanimous and opens up countless doors of his blessings for those who generously assist disadvantaged brethren to alleviate their miseries. “Fasting in Ramadan guides us to feel for those who are victims of misfortune developing a sense of sacrifice and charity in the society”, he added.

Speaker National Assembly said that Ramadan teaches us to follow the path of goodness and moderation - the way that seeks to promote righteousness and restraint immorality. He said that Muslims reject the extremists and bigots who behind the façade of religion spread terrorism and militancy. He said that such mindset has brought a bad name to a peaceful religion and put its followers to shame. He said that Muslims need to unite against these wicked forces who seek to fulfill their vested and political interests through nefarious and devilish plots in the name of Islam. 

“May this Ramadan brings the joys of peace and happiness all over the world. I pray that this holy month puts an absolute end to sedition, sectarianism and unrest among the Muslim Ummah and lays the ground for harmony and tranquility in the world”, he said.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali - June 5, 2016

Islamabad June 5, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of the Boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
 
In their separate condolence messages to the family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. He was not only Professional Sportsman but also the greatest human being and true Muslim.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Gen. (R) Abdul Majeed Malik, former Federal Minister - June 4, 2016

Islamabad June 4, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of the General (R) Abdul Majeed Malik, former federal Minister.

In their separate condolence messages to their family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his family. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Business Advisory Committee meets - May 31, 2016

Islamabad; May 31, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq chaired a meeting of the House Business Advisory Committee in the Parliament House to discuss the agenda for the Budget Session of the National Assembly, today.

After discussion and taking into account suggestions by representative of the political parties in the National Assembly, it was decided that general discussion on the Budget will continue from June 6, 2016 to June, 15 2016 and Minister for Finance will wind up the general discussion on the Budget followed by discussion on appropriation in respect of charged expenditure 2016-2017 on June 16, 2016.

It was also decided that the discussion and voting on cut motions and demand for grants in respect of voted expenditure 2016-2017 would be taken up on 17th and 18th June, 2016.

It was further decided that the consideration and passage of Finance Bill, 2016 will take place on June 20, 2016 and discussion on supplementary demands for grants and appropriation 2015-2016 in respect of charged and voted expenditure and laying of schedule of authorized expenditure 2016-2017 would take place on 21st June, 2016.

It was also agreed that the sittings of the National Assembly will be held from Monday to Saturday during the session with timings from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Committee was informed that the question hour and other non-legislative business will remain suspended during the Budget Session.

The meeting was attended by Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence Production and Science and Technology, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs; and MNAs Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Sheikh Salahudin and Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole The Death of MNA Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan - May 24, 2016

Islamabad: May 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of Member National Assembly and senior politician Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to members of grieved family, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Malik Iqbal Mehdi and paid rich tribute to his political and social services. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with patience and forbearance.


Speaker NA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Visit Residence of Late Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan, MNA - May 24, 2016


Pakistan keen to expand Trade & Economic Cooperation with Portugal: Speaker NA - May 17, 2016

Islamabad, May17th 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan was keen to forge strong bilateral relations with Portugal. He underlined the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations to facilitate comprehensive bilateral engagements. He was speaking to Portuguese Charge de Affairs Mr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.


While talking to him, the Speaker underlined the need for bilateral cooperation to explore the untapped opportunities and expand the scope of relations. The Speaker outlined that Pakistan was keen to collaborate with Sothern Europe in trade and economic affairs and deemed Portugal as a gateway to enhance cooperation and exchange of expertise in the field of Science and Information Technology.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Portuguese expertise in energy generation through renewable energy resources could help Pakistan easing its energy crisis. The Speaker also emphasized on the need to promote tourism in both countries as people to people contacts were highly significant in cementing inter-state relations.

Portugal Charge de Affairs Mr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa highly endorsed Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expansion of trade and economic relations and added that relations with Pakistan in energy, tourism and education may form the basis for future cooperation. Exchange of Parliamentary delegations and business groups could create further avenues for cooperation, he added.


Cuban Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - May 12, 2016

Islamabad May 12th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Cuba were committed to robust its bilateral relations through mutual cooperation and synergies. He highlighted that the exchange of parliamentary groups between the two countries would strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two nations. He was speaking to Mr. Gabriel Tiel Capote, Cuban Ambassador who called on him here at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker appreciated the Cuban government for its assistance to Pakistani students to pursue education in Cuba through scholarships. He outlined that the mutual economic collaboration in the field of commercial and technology had improved the working bilateral relation between the two countries. The Parliamentary Friendship group between Pakistan and Cuba established in National Assembly of Pakistan had set a notion of parliamentary collaboration between the two nations. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the extension in bilateral trade agreements between both the countries and regular parliamentary cooperation will take the bilateral relations to a new height.

The Speaker admired the role of Cuban government and doctors who provided their immense support during the catastrophic 2005-earthquake in Pakistan and the first hand support provided by Cuban doctors afterwards. This humanitarian gesture brought Cuban government and people close to Pakistani people that left a mark of friendship and mutual respect for each other.

Mr. Gabriel Tiel Capote said that the Cuban government supported Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and look forward to a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s stance on global war against terrorism and praised the achievements attained by Pakistani government and its security forces.

The Cuban Ambassador highlighted that Cuba would continue to identify more avenues where both the countries can intervene and work together towards mutual cooperation and development bringing both the nations close to each other and cementing the bilateral ties to new level. He also extended invitation on behalf of Cuban Speaker to Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to visit Cuba along with his parliamentary delegation.


National Assembly To Meet On 12th May, 2016 At 4:00 PM - May 11, 2016

Islamabad; May 11th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly has been pleased to call sitting of the National Assembly at 4.00 pm instead of 10.30 am on Thursday, the 12th May, 2016 in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Speaker has called the sitting of the National Assembly in exercise of powers conferred by rule 49(2)(b) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.


Pakistan keen to expand Economic Trade Cooperation in the Region: NA Speaker - May 11, 2016

Islamabad, May 11, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan was keen to expand its economic and trade cooperation in the region extending to Central and South East Asia. He said that Pakistan desired to facilitate foreign investment in Pakistan’s infrastructure, information technology, health and energy sectors.  He expressed these views while speaking to Ambassadors of Japan and Turkmenistan, who called on him separately today at Parliament House, Islamabad.

While talking to Japanese Ambassador Mr. Takashi Kuria, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Japan enjoyed cordial relations validated by trade and cooperation between the two nations. Referring to Pak-Japan robust relations, he added that both the countries stood with each other side by side when faced with challenges. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan had shown immense interest in cementing trade and economic relations with Japan. He stated that Japan was one of the largest import destinations for Pakistan.


The Speaker urged the need for regular exchanges of Parliamentary delegations for facilitating all-encompassing robust bilateral relations. He remarked that the Parliamentary Friendship Group between Pakistan and Japan at National Assembly of Pakistan exhibited the notion of commitment to strong bilateral relations between both the countries.

Appreciating Pakistan’s economic potential, Japanese Ambassador highlighted that Japan would continue to work with Pakistan in order to strengthen economic relations with Pakistan. He endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations. He appreciated Pakistan’s role in global fight against terrorism.

While speaking to Ambassador of Turkmenistan Mr. Atadjan Movlamov, the Speaker remarked that Turkmenistan held a unique importance in Pakistan’s strategic calculations for regional cooperation. He highlighted that Pak-Turkmenistan relations were grounded in shared perspective on regional challenges and stronger cultural affinities and urged the need for taking this relation to a new height. He outlined that TAPI pipeline was not just an energy pipeline but a milestone in forging greater integration between South and Central Asian nations. He remarked that Pakistan confidently counted on Turkmenistan’s cooperation for restraining Pakistan’s energy dip.

Mr. Atadjan Movlamov highly appreciated Pakistan’s renewed shift in policy to focus on Central Asia and its endeavors for facilitating infrastructural connectivity. He reaffirmed his commitment for expanding trade and cultural relations with Pakistan and urged the need for greater exchanges of Parliamentary delegations. He further added that Turkmenistan aspired to deepen people to people contacts with Pakistan for strengthening bilateral relations.


Informed Decision making is Central to uplifting Parliament's Performance: NA Speaker - May 10, 2016

Islamabad, May 10, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that informed decision making is central to uplifting Parliament’s performance. He added that strengthening of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) through appointment of competent leadership is highly essential for robust research and legislative support to the legislatures.  He was presiding the meeting of Board of Governors of PIPS in Islamabad today. The matter of appointment of Executive Director of PIPS was the agenda of the meeting.

The participants were informed that six candidates had been shortlisted for the interview after a thorough scrutiny and careful evaluation of the applicants’ credentials. Minute details of the credentials of the short-listed candidates including their academic excellence and extensive relevant experiences were focused for the final selection. The shortlisted candidates were interviewed by the Board members chaired by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. After rigorous interviews by the Board, Mr. Zafar ullah Khan was finally appointed as the new Executive Director of the PIPS.

The Speaker highlighted that highest level of transparency was ensured during the entire selection process. He said that PIPS was mandated with providing parliamentary services to the national and provincial legislatures along with conducting training workshops for the parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. He highlighted that PIPS warranted a competent and a visionary individual at the highest management position who could exhibit acute leadership skills and bring innovative changes in the institution.

The Speaker also announced that the Ministry of Law has allowed PIPS Act to be amended to incorporate the Speakers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assemblies as member of PIPS Board of Governors.

Deputy Chairman Senate Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Mr. Zahid Hamid, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Dr. Meher Taj Roghani; Senators Mr. Farhatullah Babar, Ms. Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and Ms. Nuzhat;  and MNAs Mr. S. A. Iqbal Qadri, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Ms. Marryam Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan attended the meeting.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Nephew of Majeeb Ur Rahman Shami, Chief Editor Daily Pakistan. - May 8, 2016

Islamabad May 8, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of nephew of Majeeb ur Rahman Shami, Chief Editor Daily Pakistan.

In their separate condolence messages to Majeeb ur Rahman Shami, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his nephew. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Congratulates London’s First Muslim Mayor-Elect Sadiq Khan - May 7, 2016

Islamabad, May 7, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has warmly congratulated Sadiq Khan on being elected as first ever Muslim mayor of London in a landslide victory. In his felicitation message to Sadiq Khan, the Speaker remarked that entire Pakistan was jubilant with Khan’s landslide victory in the British capital and added that victory had conferred great responsibility on his shoulders as mayor of one of world’s most multiethnic capitals.

Expressing his confidence in Sadiq Khan’s abilities as mayor of London, the Speaker said that he was confident that Sadiq Khan would deliver to the hopes of Londoners in general and Pakistani diaspora in particular. He urged Khan to leave no stone unturned in providing a conducive environment and opportunities for all Londoners to reach their potential. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highly appreciated Londoner’s unambiguous choice of a mayor and expressed his hope that Mr Khan’s era would set historic precedence of effective governance and service delivery to the general public as his own life demonstrated a triumph of hope over fear.

Referring to the Pakistani origins of Khan, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that overwhelming support for Sadiq Khan had bolstered confidence of Pakistani community in Britain’s pluralistic democracy. He said that it also reflected the strength of deep rooted democratic culture in the British politics that allowed the son of a Pakistani bus driver to contest and get elected as the mayor of the UK capital.

The Speaker also congratulated Pakistani diaspora in Britain and urged them to make a good name for homeland by proactively contributing to Britain’s civic, political and economic development. He added that people of Pakistan sincerely wish good luck for his tenure in office as mayor of London.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Senior Journalist Nazir Ahmed Aulakh - May 3, 2016

Islamabad:   May 03, 2016: The  Speaker,  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi National Assembly  have condoled the death of father of Senior Journalist and Chief News Editor Daily Nai Baat, Nazir Ahmed Aulakh.

In their separate condolence messages to Nazir Ahmed Aulakh, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his father. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of mother of Khshnood Ali Khan - May 1, 2016

Islamabad May 1, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of mother of senior journalist Mr. Khushnood Ali Khan.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


Protection of Labour Rights, Imperative for Economic Development: Says NA Speaker - April 30, 2016

Islamabad: April 30, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that nation's economic strength and vigour is determined by the status and standard of living of its labour class and protection of their rights. He said this in his message on May Day being commemorated world over tomorrow.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the labour class plays a vital role in the development and progress of a country; therefore, it is essential to ensure their welfare and payment of proper and timely remuneration for their services. The Speaker said that Islam lays a great emphasis on the welfare and proper award of labour. He said that all the civilized societies in the world have legislated to ensure the rights and welfare of their labour force.

"We are observing May Day with a resolve to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of labour and to pay tribute to the valiant and heroic struggle of the workers of Chicago who sacrificed their lives for the fundamental rights of their fellow workers," he added. The Speaker said that Pakistani labour force is rendering valuable services and contribution in the economies of other countries and was a great source of our foreign exchange earnings.

He said that the present democratic government is pursuing labour friendly policies and have legislated for ensuring welfare of the labour class in the country. The Speaker said that rights and duties go side by side and urged the labour class of the country to work hard with devotion to harness the country's immense resources for the prosperity and development of the country and its people.
 


NA Speaker Condoles The Death Of Uncle Of Deputy Speaker National Assembly - April 27, 2016

Islamabad: April 27, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has condoled the sad demise of uncle of Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Hameed Anwar Abbasi who died today.

In his condolence message, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of Hameed Anwar Abbasi. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

Hameed Anwar Abbasi was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Seer Garbi, District Abbotabad.


Pak-Russia Parliamentary Interaction Central To Robust Cooperation: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - April 21, 2016

Islamabad, 21st April, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that parliamentary interaction was central to robust cooperation between Pakistan and Russian Federation. He said that vast opportunities for Pakistan and Russia were available in economic and trade sectors that could provide long-term benefits for both the countries. According to a message received from Moscow, he expressed these views while speaking to his Russian counterpart, Chairman of the State Duma, Mr. Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin on the sidelines of first conference of the Speakers of Parliament of Eurasia being held in Moscow, Russia.
 
While speaking to Mr. Naryshkin, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan considered Russia a valuable friend who had been partner in economic and infrastructure development in Pakistan. He said that constant engagement from either side had added depth to the existing relations. He outlined that new regional blocks and structures were emerging to address issues that were global in nature. Urging the need for comprehensive cooperation between both the countries, Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that terrorism, climate change, energy crunch and diseases had profoundly constrained the region and stressed on the need for collaboration in addressing these challenges.
 
The Speaker said that he endeavored to strengthen the ties between the legislatures of the two countries. The Speaker informed the Chairman of the State Duma that Pakistan-Russia Friendship group had been established in National Assembly and interaction between parliamentarians through this forum could play an important role in creating better understanding between both the countries. Apart from parliamentary cooperation, the Speaker underlined the need for deepening people to people contacts, business and economic ties and defense cooperation as part of larger framework for robust Pak-Russia relations.
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq informed Mr. Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin that people of Pakistan desired cordial and comprehensive relations with Russia. He elaborated that Pakistan’s geographical location, economic turnaround and its renewed vigor for fostering regional connectivity could offer immense opportunities for Russian investment in Pakistan. He said that both countries could strengthen bilateral relations through enhanced cooperation in trade and commerce sectors. 
 
Mr. Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin stated that Pak-Russia cooperation was highly central for tackling regional challenges including terrorism, drug trafficking and regional stability. He added that Russia attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and assured that Russia was ready to assist Pakistan in diverse fields including agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, defense and education. He underlined the need for diversification of bilateral relations and effective collaboration on various international forums.


Interaction Among The Legislatures Of The Eurasia States To Have Long Term Impact On Regional Prosperity: NA Speaker - April 20, 2016

Islamabad, April 20, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan endorsed the idea of interaction among the legislatures of the Eurasian countries. He said that periodic meetings with increase in people to people contacts, enhanced business and cultural exchanges among the member states would have a long term impact on the prosperity of the Eurasian region. He expressed these views while addressing the 1st Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of Eurasia Countries held in Moscow, Russian Federation, according to a message received from Moscow.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for close coordination among member states by addressing the common challenges to carve out peace and stability in the region and beyond. He said that interaction in the field of security, intelligence sharing and fight against terrorism and narcotics trafficking would further cement these ties. He said that the Eurasia region was passing through defining moments in terms of economic and strategic developments at regional and global level. “Changes in the global power equation and structure that we are witnessing today will shape strategic and economic developments in the times to come”, he added.

The Speaker stressed upon the need to exploit the true potential of the region through enhanced cooperation. He said that the rise of Eurasia as the political and economic epicenter was fast becoming a reality. He made reference to accelerated pace in growth of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and said that the SCO’s endorsement of China’s One Belt One Road would open many new avenues of regional cooperation.

Highlighting Pakistan’s role in the global war on terrorism, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan was the stage of one of the biggest fight against terrorism and a military operation Zarb-e-Azb was in its final stage which had subsequently minimized the terror threats yielding positive results. He said that Pakistan was making efforts to resolve all outstanding disputes, including Kashmir, with India peacefully through dialogue. He said that peaceful resolution of outstanding issues was imperative for regional peace and stability.

The Speaker applauded the initiative taken by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Russian Parliament of holding the 1st Conference of Speakers of the Eurasia Countries. He said that this opportunity had laid the foundations for forging closer ties and enhancing interaction among the Parliaments of the Eurasian countries. He also proposed establishment of committees to explore possibilities of cooperation in specific areas of common interest and concern in order to facilitate genuine integration amongst Eurasian countries.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker Condole the Death of Father in Law of Senior Reporter Asghar Chaudhary - April 20, 2016

Islamabad: April 20, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the father-in-law of senior reporter Mr. Asghar Chaudhary of Roznama Jehan Pakistan. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Asghar Chaudhary, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father-in-law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Condole The Death Of Ch. Abdul Ghafoor - April 19, 2016

Islamabad: April 19, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of former Federal Minister Ch. Abdul Ghafoor.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They said that Ch. Abdul Ghafoor was a politician of high repute and his services for promotion of democracy and supremacy of Constitution in the country will be remembered for a long time to come. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Speaker Baluchistan Assembly Calls On Na Speaker - April 15, 2016

Islamabad April 15, 2016:  Speaker Baluchistan Assembly, Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House today.  The matters pertaining to legislative business, parliamentary affairs and democratization process in the country were discussed during the meeting.   

The Speaker congratulated Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani on her election as first ever woman Speaker of the Baluchistan Assembly. He was confident that under her sagacious leadership the Baluchistan Assembly would play a vibrant role in order to legislate for the welfare of the masses of the Province.  He said that mitigation of the sufferings of the people of Baluchistan was the top priority of the present democratic set up and substantial fund has been allocated for development and prosperity in the province. He stressed the need for closer liaison between the parliamentary institutions for strengthening democratic process in the country.  He assured all out support of National Assembly Secretariat and PIPS in the fields of research, legislations and training for capacity building of members and staff of Baluchistan Assembly.

The Speaker Baluchistan Assembly thanked the Speaker National Assembly for his kind remarks and agreed with the Speaker for closer cooperation between the legislatures of the country. She appreciated the steps taken by the Government for the development and peace in Baluchistan.  She congratulated the Speaker on establishment of a dedicated Secretariat in the Parliament House for achieving SDGs and the Solar Power Project initiative that enabled Pakistan Parliament as a first Parliament in the world to go green.  She also appreciated the training programs initiated at PIPS for capacity building of members and staff of the democratic institutions and expressed the hope that these trainings would be helpful for better legislation and strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Chairs Meeting Of The Na Finance Committee - April 14, 2016

Islamabad; April 14, 2016: The Finance Committee of the National Assembly met under the chairmanship of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House, today.

The Committee approved the proposed budget of the National Assembly Secretariat for the fiscal year 2016-17 amounting to Rs.3,468 million. The Committee was informed that there was no variation between the revised estimates and sanctioned budget for the year 2015-2016.

The committee appreciated the prudent leadership of the Speaker for initiating austerity measures in the National Assembly Secretariat. The Committee approved the up gradation of the Telephone Attendants and continuation of temporary posts in the National Assembly Secretariat. The Committee also approved the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th March, 2016.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Ch. Armaghan Subhani, Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas, Malik Ihtbar Khan, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mian Abdul Manan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Nasir Khan, Secretary National Assembly Secretariat, Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat, Additional Secretary M/o Finance and other senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Speaker Chairs BoG meeting of PIPS - April 13, 2016

A meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) chaired by Speaker National Assembly/ President PIPS Board of Governors was held on 13th April, 2016 in PIPS, Islamabad.

The Executive Director presented the budget estimates for the financial year 2016-17 and revised budget estimates for financial year 2015-16 amounting to Rs. 210.960 million and Rs. 178.237 million. The Board provisionally approved the budget estimates for FY 2016-17 and revised budget estimates for FY 2015-16. The Executive Director informed the Board that PIPS Satellite offices have been opened at the provincial assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and Auditor General Pakistan has completed financial audit for the years 2013-14 and 2014-25. Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA informed the Board of PIPS HR Review Sub-Committee report.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law & Justice, Senator Rubina Khalid, Dr. Meher Taj Roghani, Deputy Speaker Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; MNAs Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Secretary Senate, Secretary National Assembly and Acting Executive Director, PIPS. The Board will meet on May 10, 2016 for interviews of shortlisted candidates and appoitment of Executive Director, PIPS.


NA Speaker Stresses The Need For Enduring Partnership Between Pakistan And Turkey - April 12, 2016

Islamabad, 12 April, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Turkey are committed to an enduring partnership in the face of regional challenges. He highlighted that Turkey shines prominently in Pakistan’s strategic calculations. He further added that a robust partnership is inevitable given the shared perspectives on democracy, geopolitics, development and trade.  He was speaking H.E. Mr İsmail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday. The Convener Pak-Turk Friendship Group Muhammad Pervaiz Malik and Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan were also present during the Call on.

The Speaker National Assembly strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks in Ankara and Istanbul and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He added that the people of Pakistan, being the victims of terrorism, share the pain of Turkish families who lost their loved ones in recent terror attacks in Turkey.  Ayaz Sadiq outlined that the entire Islamic world is facing a wave of violence, extremism armed conflict and displacement and urged for a renewed cooperation in fight against terrorism and extremism.  He outlined that Pakistan’s present government was committed to root out this menace from the country under National Action Plan and better civil military coordination. He highlighted that Pakistan’s fight against terrorism will continue till extermination of last terrorist. He said that National Assembly strongly desires to enhance parliamentary relations between both the countries.

Appreciating the Turkish advances in strengthening democracy, the Speaker highlighted that Turkish democracy has emerged as a vibrant and modern democratic model for Islamic countries which has established a harmonious balance between the institutions. He urged for cooperation in exchange of information regarding best Parliamentary practices and added that regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations is inevitable for forging stronger partnership. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for diversification and strengthening of trade relations with Turkey. He further remarked that both the countries need to deepen people to people contacts for effective bilateral engagement. He stressed on need for taking bilateral trade to new heights and added that Turkey is highly valued destination in Pakistan’s regional outreach. The Speaker also informed his Turkish Counterpart regarding the Pakistan’s commitment towards attaining sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with establishment of a dedicated Secretariat in the Parliament House for SDGs and the Solar Power Project initiative that enabled Pakistan Parliament as a first Parliament in the world to go green.

The Speaker said that Pakistan was a peace loving country and wanted friendly relations with all its neighbours and resolve all contentious issues through dialogue.  Talking about Kashmir dispute the Speaker said that resolution of Kashmir Issue was imperative for peace in the region.  He stressed the need for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute according to United Nations Resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir.  He appreciated Turkish support at regional and international forums in this regard.

The Turkish Speaker Mr. İsmail highly appreciated Pakistan’s hospitality and expressed solidarity with the terrorism affected people in Lahore, Peshawar, Charsadda and Mardan. He outlined that Turkey acknowledges and appreciates Pakistan’s contribution in the fight for global peace and added that Pakistan has paid a heavy price for global peace and security.  He also endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for concrete partnership in the fight against terrorism.    He reinforced Turkey’s resolve to diversify and cement trade relations with Pakistan and added that Turkey is committed to embark on joint initiatives for strengthening democracy, enhanced cooperation in defense, agriculture and tourism. He agreed that Parliamentary Friendship Groups could play a vital role in enhancing bilateral relations.


NA Speaker Receives Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly at Nur Khan Airbase today - April 11, 2016

Islamabad April 11, 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq received Turkish Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly at Nur Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi this evening. He was accompanied by Convener Pak-Turk Friendship Group Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik MNA and Senior Officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.

Talking to the distinguished guest, the Speaker said that it was indeed a matter of immense pleasure to receive his Turkish brothers. He said that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy close fraternal relations and close and frequent contacts at the highest level have been the hallmark of these relations. He was convinced that the parliamentary contacts would bring both the brotherly countries more closer. He wished him a pleasant stay in Islamabad.

Reciprocating, Mr. Ismail Kahraman Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly said that he was touched by the arousing welcome accorded to him upon his arrival in Pakistan. He said that Turkey considers Pakistan as its brother and desires to further solidify the fraternal bonds. He agreed that parliamentary interaction between both the countries was a way forward in this regard.


Supremacy of Constitution Our Ultimate Destination: NA Speaker - April 9, 2016

Islamabad, April 9, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that supremacy of Constitution was our ultimate destination that guaranteed democracy, fundamental rights and security for each and every citizen of the State. He said that the sanctity of this sacred document was immense which must be upheld at any cost. He expressed these views on the eve of “Constitution Day” being celebrated on April 10, 2016 across the country.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted the historical significance of the day and said that 43 years ago the chosen representatives of the first democratically elected legislature of the country - united by common purpose and an unwavering resolve  – unanimously passed the Constitution of the country as a guiding principle to our journey towards a democratic, peaceful and prosperous country. He lamented that periodic interventions by undemocratic forces by holding the Constitution in abeyance set back the dream of a strong federation and democratic culture. Such misadventures were proved detrimental to state of security, human rights and development of the country, he added.

Remembering the sacrifices rendered by the political forces of the country to ensure supremacy of the Constitution, Speaker National Assembly said that the democratic forces with unrelenting resolve had faced enormous challenges while confronting the tyrannical regimes to strive for reinstating Constitution and restoring democracy in the country. He paid rich tribute to those unsung heroes who ceased to exist in the history but made every effort to defend the sanctity of the Constitution by facing torture, imprisonment and even execution enforced by the autocratic regimes.

Speaker National Assembly said that by virtue of such struggles, the elected representatives successfully restored the Constitution of 1973 in its true spirit by adopting historic 18th Constitutional Amendment with collective wisdom of all the political forces in the same month after 37 years. He said that it was now upon the current political leadership to ensure the implementation of the Constitution in its essence by guarding the fundamental rights of everyone by delegating the powers to federating units.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that this historic day provided us an opportunity to reiterate our pledge to protect, preserve and defend each and every word of this sacred document that united as a nation to live together with liberty, social justice and equality.


Speaker & Deputy Speaker NA Express Grief and Sorrow Over Loss of Precious Lives in Recent Heavy Rainfalls - April 6, 2016


No Parallel of Pak-China Relations: Speaker NA - April 5, 2016

Islamabad, April 5th, 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pak-China relations have no parallel in international relations. Based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interest, Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time, he added. He was speaking to member of the Central Committee Political Bureau of Communist Party of China (CPC) and Party Secretary of CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Mr. Zhang Chunxian who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday. Ambassador of China in Pakistan Mr. Sun Weidong was also present.

The Speaker reiterated that the historic Pak-China relations have entered a new phase of unprecedented cooperation. He termed this alliance of two friends as highly imperative for responding to regional and global challenges. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Pakistan confidently counts on its ‘time-tested’ friend China at various multilateral forums and added that the two friends have shared perspective on regional issues.

Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Speaker remarked that the joint initiative heralds a new age of prosperity for Pakistan as well as the entire region. On behalf of members of Pakistan’s Parliament, he thanked the Chinese government for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to be completely powered by Solar Energy. He outlined that Pakistan and China have embarked upon joint initiatives to restrain Pakistan’s energy crisis.

Mr. Zhang Chunxian asserted that Pakistan has an unrivalled importance in China’s strategic calculations and added that the leadership of both countries have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He reiterated that a vibrant Pak-China cooperation is central for tackling challenges in the region and beyond.

Mr. Zhang Chunxian highlighted that China is highly committed to assist Pakistan in genuine economic development. He remarked that China will continue to assist Pakistan in technology, infrastructure development and exploration of renewable energy resources. Expressing his confidence in Pak-China relations, he reiterated that Pak-China relations will always stand the test of time.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Son of Superintendent of NA Secretariat - April 4, 2016

Islamabad: April 04, 2016:  The Speaker, National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the death of son of Superintendent National Assembly Secretariat, Shahzad Razaq.

In their separate condolence messages to Shahzad Razaq , the Speaker and Deputy Speaker  expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of his son.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Express Grief Over the Loss of Lives Due to Flood and Heavy Rains in KPK - April 3, 2016

Islamabad April 3, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives and property in Shangla, Swat, Malakand, Mansehra, Upper Dir, Charsadda and different parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to heavy rains and floods.
 
In their statement, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt sympathies with the families effected by flood and said that whole nation would stand by them at this juncture of distress and agony. They called upon federal and provincial governments to take all possible measures to rescue the trapped people in floodwater.

They asked the philanthropist and volunteers to extend maximum assistance to affected people and support the government agencies in rescue activities. They also asked people living along the river banks and low-lying areas to shift to safer places. They prayed to Almighty Allah for the eternal peace of deceased and grant of patience and fortitude to the bereaved families.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate the newly Elected Office Bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) - April 1, 2016

Islamabad:   April, 01, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

In their separate messages to the newly elected President of APNS Mr Sarmad Ali,  Senior Vice President, Ms. Rameeza Majid Nizami, Vice President, Mr. Mumtaz Tahir,  Secretary General, Mr. Umar Mujib Shami, Joint Secretary Mr. Ehsan Munir Jillani and  Finance Secretary, Syed Ali Hassan Naqvi,.  The Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of journalist’s fraternity.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country and hope that under the newly elected leadership the APNS will continue to make great strides towards a tolerant and plural press. They were confident that relations between the Government and Press will be further consolidated under their sagacious leadership and the problems being faced by the Members Publications will be resolved.


Parliamentary Exchanges To Further Strengthen Bond Between Pakistan And Romania: Says NA Speaker - March 29, 2016

Islamabad: March 29, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq held a meeting with his Romanian Counterpart Mr. Valeriu Zgonea at Parliament House, according to a message received from Bucharest, Rumania.

On the invitation of Mr. Valeriu Zgonea, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called his visit to Romania as part of Pakistan’s outreach to build broad-based, substantive and long-term relations with Romanian legislature. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is the first Pakistani Speaker National Assembly to visit Romania and he stated the visit is being undertaken to initiate a new era of vibrant Pak-Romania relations.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan share the grief of European citizens who lost their lives in recent wave of terror attacks in France and Belgium. He termed terrorism, a threat to the global peace and called for coordinated efforts to eradicate terrorism.

The Speaker strongly underlined the need for expansion and diversification of Parliamentary and commercial relations. He invited the Romanian investors to take advantage of huge investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq invited Romanian Speaker Mr. Valeriu Zgonea to Pakistan and underlined the need for frequent bilateral exchange of Parliamentary delegations for further strengthening Pak-Romania relations. He added that relation with Romania is a stepping stone for Pakistan’s broader outreach to European Union.

Condemning recent suicide attack in Lahore, Romanian Speaker Mr.Valeriu Zgonea remarked: “We are with Pakistanis; cruelty against innocent citizens mustn’t go unpunished”. He added that Romania acknowledges Pakistan’s contribution in global efforts for eradication of terror.

Reiterating commitment to enriching bilateral relations, Mr. Valeriu Zgonea added that Romania also values its relations with Pakistan and wants to strengthen them through cooperation in diverse sectors. He urged for greater partnership between Pakistan and Romania for cementing regional stability and tackling global challenges.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Extend Warm Felicitations to the Christian on the Eve of Easter - March 27, 2016

Islamabad: March 27, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has extended warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Easter.

The Speaker said that Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. He inculcated spiritual values among his followers to work for the Divine pleasure. His eternal message of love for humanity and for members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in today’s world. He said that in the day of turbulence in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.

He reiterated that the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities in Pakistan will be fully safeguarded by the government according to the Constitution of Pakistan and guiding principles of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. 

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also extended his appreciation to the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country. Their unmatched contribution in the process of nation building, especially in the field of health and education was a glowing chapter of our national history, he added.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings to his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Easter.

 


Na Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Suicide Attack at Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore - March 27, 2016

Islamabad: March 27, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have strongly condemned the suicide attack at Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Mushtaq Ahmed Kaifi - March 24, 2016

Islamabad; March 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Director News Radio Pakistan, Mushtaq Ahmed Kaifi. 

In their separate condolence messages the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of  Mushtaq Ahmed Kaifi. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Greet Hindu Parliamentarians and Hindu Community on Holi - March 23, 2016

Islamabad March 23, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has greeted Hindu Parliamentarians and the Hindu community on Holi being celebrated today i.e. 23 March.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that he was delighted to send his warmest greetings to Hindu Parliamentarians and everyone in Hindu community on the occasion of Holi. In his message, the Speaker also recognized the huge contributions made by Pakistani Hindu community to the prosperity of the country. He said that their involvement in every sphere of our national life was extremely commendable.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly also conveyed his sincere and warm greetings on Holi to his fellow Hindu Members of the National Assembly. He also appreciated their contribution in national development, fostering national unity and cohesion.


Spirit Of National Unity Can Usher Us To A New Era Of Prosperity And Development: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - March 22, 2016

Islamabad, March 22 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has said that ‘Pakistan Day’ reminds us the dream of Allama Iqbal, the consistent efforts and hard work of Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Muslims of Sub-Continent that strengthened the struggle in search of a separate homeland to live with dignity, peace and follow their own beliefs. He was expressing his views on the eve of Pakistan Day that is celebrated on March 23.

The Speaker highlighted that Lahore resolution paved the way for creation of an independent Muslim state that came into being as a result of massive struggle and sacrifices that resulted in creation of independent country for the Muslims of the Sub-Continent.

The ‘Pakistan Day’ is celebrated to pay a tribute to untiring efforts made by Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and sacrifices rendered by our forefathers, remarked by the Speaker. Talking about the present generation the Speaker added that ‘Onus is on your shoulders and it is your utmost responsibility to take this nation to the edge of pride.’

Comprehending the essence of independence the Speaker remarked that great nations never forget its history and now it is the time to contribute on our part with full determination to compete with the present challenges and lead our nation towards social and economic stability. This day reminds us that we have a collective and individual responsibility to uplift our country and shine as a nation with glory and prosperity, added by the Speaker.

Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the promoting tolerance and humanism will deepen our values for all segments of society including minorities. Alluding to Quaid vision for an inclusive democracy he appreciated the contributions of minorities for the development of Pakistan. He stressed on the need for equal development of all segments of Pakistan society.  

The Speaker underlined that it is incumbent upon us to enrich the spirit of national unity and follow the Quaid’s guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline that will capitalize our strengths and usher us in a new era of economic and social development.
 


Na Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Eminent Writer, Poet And Critic Dr. Anwar Sadeed - March 21, 2016

Islamabad: March 21, 2016:   Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the death of   eminent writer, poet and critic Dr. Anwar Sadeed.

In their separate condolence messages to bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tribute the services of Dr. Anwar Sadeed in field of Urdu literature and   expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise.   They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Applauds KSA’s Role In Promoting Regional Peace And Stability - March 21, 2016

Islamabad: March 21, 2016: Pakistan values high its relations with Saudi Arabia and both the countries are tied in the eternal bonds of religion, history and culture. These views were expressed by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly, while talking to Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who called on him in Parliament House, today.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the menace of extremism and terrorism had adversely affected the region’s progress. Region’s peace and progress needed collective efforts and Saudi Arabia had always played pragmatic role in promoting stability and development of the region, the Speaker added.

The Speaker underlined the need for greater exchange of parliamentary delegations of both the countries for strengthening relations and establishing people to people contacts.

The Saudi Ambassador Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani said that his government wanted Pakistan to prosper and develop. He stressed the need for spreading the true message of Islam for curbing extremism and terrorism.
He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further strengthen by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries.


Careful Use Of Water Resources Critical For Survival - March 21, 2016

Islamabad March 21, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that pure water was central to both the well-being of the people and the planet at large. He said that careful use of water resources was critical for saving this precious element that guarantees life. He expressed these views in his statement issued for World Water Day being commemorated worldwide on March 22 under the auspicious of United Nations.

Endorsing 2016’s theme for World Water Day; “Water and Jobs” the Speaker added that there was a dire need to focus on providing those who work in the water-related sectors with adequate and pure water for that was central to their survival. “World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation certainly give us the opportunity to reflect on promoting increased cooperation at all levels for the management and use of water resources as a way to achieve sustainable development”, Speaker added.

Stating water as the core of sustainable development, the Speaker highlighted the need for international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. The Speaker further stated that in order to protect and carefully manage this fragile and finite resource, countries must cooperate together at regional and international level as multiple actors to make every possible effort involving the management of water and its use.

Referring to the changing consumption patterns and rapid depletion of water resources across the world, the Speaker said that we needed to save water not only for future generations but also for wild life and other inhabitants of our ecosystem. The Speaker urged the states to promote modern techniques of water conservation, recycling and irrigation systems like sprinkle and drip irrigation for the sustainable use of water as well as the optimal productivity in agriculture.


Ambassador of Argentine calls on Speaker NA - March 18, 2016

Islamabad; March 18th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for expanding trade and economic relations for sustained engagement with Argentine. He was speaking to Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin-Saravia, outgoing Ambassador of Argentine to Pakistan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Friday.



The Speaker asserted that Parliamentary engagement and economic cooperation give strength to the warm relations between Pakistan and Argentine. He expressed his confidence in Parliamentarians from both countries to forge better understanding and vibrant people to people contacts. He stressed on the need for strengthening Pak-Argentine Friendship Group for robust bilateral relations.

He complimented the Ambassador for taking the relations between two countries to new heights during his tenure as Ambassador. He was confident that the incoming diplomatic representative of his country would continue to strengthen the relations between both the countries.

The Ambassador of Argentine Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin-Saravia said that Argentine considers Pakistan its closest friend and economic partner. He also endorsed the urgent need for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for greater exchanges of delegations to cement bilateral relations.

He expressed his gratitude to Speaker for his views and said that during his stay in Pakistan, he has found Pakistanis friendly, peace-loving and resilient who have withstood the test of time. He presented his book “Bonds friendship between Argentine and Pakistan” to the Speaker.


Speaker NA urges people to particiapte in Earth Hour - March 18, 2016

Islamabad, March 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the world was experiencing diverse impacts of climate change more than ever and it was important to empower people to become part of climate change initiatives. He said this in his message on the occasion of ‘Earth Hour’ being commemorated all over the world on 19 March, 2016.

The Speaker remarked that in pursuant of reducing emissions, the parliament of Pakistan became the first ever parliament completely powered by solar energy. He added that under the ‘Net-Metering License’ the parliament will contribute surplus electricity to the national grid.

The Speaker highlighted that numerous environment friendly initiatives at Parliament house were in the pipeline. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq asserted that Pakistan’s experience should be emulated by the global community to address genuine climate concerns.

“People are on the frontlines of climate change, the earth hour reminds us that individual and global community actions can prove to be a milestone to transform the climate challenges and protect the generations to come”, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s Vision 2025 considered Climate Change as one of the top national priorities and provided a sound basis to integrate climate change budgeting into national development planning.

Endorsing Earth Hour, the Speaker highlighted that today individuals around the world and most iconic landmarks on the earth will switch off their lights to show their commitment and solidarity with climate protection.


Ukraine’s Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - March 17, 2016

Islamabad, March 17, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that relation with Ukraine form an important pillar in Pakistan’s outreach to the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia as part of its endeavors for forging stronger connectivity and deeper cooperation. He was speaking to ambassador of Ukraine, Mr.VolodymyrLakomovwho called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker outlined that Pakistan aspires sustained Parliamentary engagement with Ukraine for fostering robust and comprehensive bilateral relations. He remarked that extensive cooperation in defense equipments and trade forms the bedrock of Pakistan-Ukraine relations. He said that cooperation in energy, textile, and agriculture, technological and cultural exchanges offers immense scope for expanding the existing ties.

The Speaker reiterated his commitment for cementing Pakistan-Ukraine Friendship Group in the National Assembly and urged the Ambassador to reciprocate Pakistan’s endeavors in the Parliament of Ukraine. He added that stronger and pro-active inter-Parliamentary Friendship Groups may play a significant role in fostering exchange of information on addressing regional and global issues.

Ambassador of Ukraine, Mr.Volodymyr Lakomov reinforced Ukraine’s commitment for cementing and expanding bilateral relations with Pakistan and added that a number of Ukrainian companies are interested in building power plants, pipelines, bridges and railways in Pakistan.

He endorsed Speaker’s remarks for strengthening Parliamentary Friendship Groups. He underlined the need for cooperation in promoting sustained cooperation in civilian and defense sector, promoting political dialogue and exchange of best Parliamentary practices.


Ambassador Of Norway Calls On NA Speaker - March 16, 2016

Islamabad March 16, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan considers Norway as its trusted friend and an economic partner and wants to further strengthen its existing bilateral relations. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was speaking to Mr. Tore Nedrebo, Ambassador of Norway to Pakistan who called on him in Parliament House.

The Speaker said that Pakistan appreciates Norway's unwavering support in the hour of need. He said that economic cooperation between both the countries has witnessed increase, however it needs to be further enhanced. He stressed for Norwegian support in Hydro-Power sector in order to overcome the energy crises in Pakistan.

 He urged that regular interaction between political hierarchy, people and parliaments of both the countries would further cement those ties. The Speaker emphasized the need for enhancing cooperation and interaction between the parliaments and parliamentarians of both the countries for exchange of views and experiences. He said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its existing cordial relations with Norway which has always been supportive of Pakistan.

Mr. Tore Nedrebo, the Norwegian Ambassador reiterated his country’s desire to further cement existing ties through people-to-people contacts, parliament to parliament and cooperation in social and economic sectors. He said that Pakistani Diaspora in Norway have rendered great services for an inclusive and prosperous Norwegian democracy.

Mr. Tore Nedrebo acknowledged Pakistan’s endeavors and sacrifices in the war on terror and applauded Pakistan’s role in addressing terrorism in the wider interest of global peace. He remarked that in recent years Pakistan has made great strides towards a broad-based democracy and its economy is witnessing greater progress

 He highlighted that there is immense scope for widening economic cooperation, bilateral trade and cultural exchanges. He assured the Speaker National Assembly of Norway’s cooperation at various international forums.


NA Speaker Meets President of Turkmenistan - March 16, 2016


Pakistan and Tajikistan Entering Into a New Era of Unparalleled Cooperation: Speaker NA - March 15, 2016

ISLAMABAD March 15th, 2016:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Tajikistan have entered a new era of unparalleled cooperation. Referring to the robust historical relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan, he highlighted that Pakistan attaches paramount importance to its cultural and economic ties with Republic of Tajikistan. He was speaking to Tajikistan Parliamentary delegation led by his counterpart Mr. Shukurjon Zuhurov who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Speaker outlined that Pakistan-Tajikistan relations derive its strength from geopolitical realities, economic interests and cultural affinities. He remarked that cooperation between the two friendly countries is highly imperative for tackling regional security and economic challenges. Appreciating the ‘Open-door Policy’ adopted by Republic of Tajikistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that prospects of trade cooperation between Pakistan and Tajikistan have grown manifolds. He added that ‘The Joint Economic Commission’ between both the countries has laid grounds for new epoch of advancement in the field of commercial, economic, science and technical cooperation. The Speaker outlined that Tajikistan’s energy potential may greatly assist in restraining Pakistan’s power shortages and reciprocally Pakistani sea ports as well as  expertise in agriculture sector, food processing and textiles will potentially benefit Tajikistan.

Ayaz Sadiq added that Pakistan-Tajikistan cooperation with other regional countries is central to international endeavors for a peaceful Afghanistan. Referring to the recent Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement (PATTTTA), the Speaker remarked that this initiative will open new doors of cooperation between the three countries. The Speaker added that Pakistan is committed to deepen cooperation with Tajikistan on various bilateral and multilateral forums including Economic Cooperation Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The Speaker underlined the need for facilitating Central Asia and South Asia (CASA) electricity transmission projects. He further emphasized that Parliamentary diplomacy between Tajikistan and Pakistan should be given a new fillip through regular exchanges of delegations and diversification of bilateral relations. The Speaker also informed the dignitary regarding Pakistan’s commitment towards attaining sustainable goals with establishment of a dedicated secretariat in Parliament House for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Solar power project initiative that enabled Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to go green.

Mr Shukurjon Zuhurov congratulated the Speaker for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to go green. He added that Tajikistan is determined to foster robust ties with Pakistan through bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Endorsing Ayaz Sadiq’s emphasis on bilateral cooperation for tackling regional challenges, Zuhurov remarked that both the countries have great responsibility in addressing regional challenges. He also reiterated his commitment for expansion and diversification of trade and economic relations.

Mr. Zuhurov remarked that Tajikistan aspires to foster stronger inter-Parliamentary cooperation with Pakistan. He stressed on the need for facilitating people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges as part of Pakistan-Tajikistan friendship initiatives. Later on Mr. Zuhurov visited the Green Parliament Solar Power Project and signed the visitor’s book along with his comments.


Parliamentary and Economic Cooperation to Strengthen Relations Between Pakistan and Spain: Says NA Speaker - March 10, 2016


French Ambassador Calls On NA Speaker - March 9, 2016

Islamabad, March 9th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan-France partnership is highly imperative for fight against terrorism and extremism and improving governance. He outlined Pakistan’s commitment for fostering an enduring partnership and the value Pakistan attaches to its relations with France. He was speaking to French Ambassador to Pakistan Mrs. Martine Dorance who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Speaker informed that Pakistan’s Parliament is first in the world to establish a dedicated secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals and also the first ever Parliament to be completely powered by Solar energy. He apprised the Ambassador regarding the Pakistan-France Friendship group established in National Assembly of Pakistan and urged for stronger inter-Parliamentary relations and regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations. The Speaker urged for stronger Pak-French partnership for fostering an inclusive and robust democracy in Pakistan.

The Speaker outlined that Pakistan is the France’s second largest trading partner in South Asia and Pakistan-France relation derives its strength from people-to-people contacts. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged for expansion and diversification of trade relations and strengthening of “Pakistan-France Business Alliance”. He expressed gratitude on behalf of Pakistani public for France’s generous assistance to Pakistan. The Speaker urged for more robust cooperation in scientific research, energy, environment, education, livestock and governance.

The French Ambassador Mrs. Martine Dorance highly appreciated solarization of Pakistan’s parliament building and establishment of SDG secretariat at National Assembly of Pakistan. She added that Pakistan’s advances and contribution in global war on terror deserves candid appreciation and assured the Speaker that France will continue to support for this collective cause.

Mrs Dorance expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s progress in strengthening democracy and human rights in Pakistan and reinforced commitment of France for partnering with Pakistan in enhancing capacity of civilian institutions. She also endorsed expansion of cooperation in energy, education, environment and agriculture. She added that France-Pakistan cooperation is highly crucial for tackling evolving challenges in the region and beyond.
 


“Energy Experts Vowed to Emulate Green Initiatives at Parliament” - March 8, 2016

Islamabad 8 March 2016: In quest for emulating solarization of Pakistan’s Parliament building, energy experts from public and private sectors have started visiting the “Savior of Energy  Scarcity” – The Solar Power Plant of Parliament House. Since inauguration on 23rd February 2016, the Solar Power Panels Site has attracted immense attention from energy experts and environmentalists across the country.

The delegates were informed that under the leadership of Honorable Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the project was completed in a shortest span of time with Chinese assistance. The delegates also received comprehensive briefing regarding installation of revolutionary “Net-Metering” license which has enabled Pakistan’s Parliament to feed excess electricity into the national grid.

The installation of solar power plant in aesthetically designed Parking of the Parliament’s building is being highly appreciated by energy experts, environmentalists and authorities of different government organizations.The delegates expressed deep admiration for vision of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who steered the idea of powering Parliament’s building by solar energy and added that both public and private sectors should emulate Parliament’s initiative in producing energy from alternate renewable energy resources.

Being the first Parliament in the World to go green, Parliament of Pakistan has drastically reduced its carbon footprints and established a fully Green Legislature to have all its electricity needs met by solar power.
 


Speaker Ayaz Sadiq reiterated for entertaining Gender Equality on the ‘International Women Day’ - March 7, 2016

Islamabad, March 07, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that equal development and inclusive democracy is not possible without ensuring gender equality. He outlined that the International Women day is commemorated across the globe to remind us our commitments for the advancement of women in every walk of life. He made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of celebrating the ‘International Women day’.

 Endorsing 2016’s theme for International Women Day; “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, the Speaker highlighted that women constitute half of the population of the world and gender equality in all spheres of life is an absolute necessity. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said “Pakistan has made a remarkable progress in enacting ‘Pro-women legislation’ for ending gender based discrimination” he further added “Women empowerment is also one of the 7 Pillars of ‘Pakistan’s Vision 2025’ Program.

Referring to the Constitutional guarantees for achieving gender equality, he highlighted that Chapter 1 of the Constitution of Pakistan describes the Fundamental Rights of its citizens based on the principle of equality and non-discrimination and further added that article 25, 26 and 27 of Chapter one of the Fundamental Rights, guarantee equality for citizens, non-discrimination in respect of access to public places and safeguard against discrimination in services.

The Speaker added that Pakistan has demonstrated a sincere commitment to international human rights treaties endorsing women rights and gender equality in its society. The country encourages women participation parallel to men in various fields of socio-economic and political sphere. The Speaker remarked that Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in Parliament House is a milestone in strengthening the role of women members of Parliament for an active role in policy making.

“It’s high time we recognized the meaningful role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women by accepting the fact that the constitution of Pakistan promises dignity, freedom and equality to all citizens and forbids discrimination on the basis of gender”, Speaker added.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn Bomb Blast at Shabqadar, Charsada - March 7, 2016

Islamabad: March 07, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the suicide attack out side the Session Court, Shabqar, Charsada and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the country. They said that such shameful acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


Pak-Us Cooperation Is Inevitable For Peaceful And Prosperous South Asia: Speaker NA - February 25, 2016

Islamabad, February 25, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that a comprehensive Pak-US cooperation was inevitable for peaceful and prosperous South Asia. He outlined that Pakistan was committed to an enduring partnership with US for regional stability, improved governance and fight against terrorism and extremism. He was speaking to US Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. David M. Hale who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan-US alliance was not confined within the parameters of War against Terrorism rather it was a broad based comprehensive engagement in diverse fields as the convergence of strategic interests had necessitated deeper cooperation and strong partnership. He said that stronger inter-Parliamentary relations, people to people contact and US assistance for strengthening legislative capacity of Pakistan’s Parliament were crucial for fostering an inclusive and robust democracy in Pakistan.  The Speaker highly appreciated US assistance to Pakistan’s civilian institutions for enhancing governance in Pakistan and urged for greater cooperation in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and education.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq informed the Ambassador that Parliament of Pakistan was first in the world to establish a dedicated secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals and also the first ever Parliament to be completely powered by Solar energy.

Referring to Pakistan’s services in War on Terror, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan’s struggle in this war was motivated for global peace and security. He informed that last phase of operation Zarb-e-Azb had been launched to defeat, destroy, degrade and dismantle militants’ network in Pakistan.

American Ambassador Mr David M. Hale appreciated industriousness and vitality of Pakistani public and added that US was committed to engage with Pakistan to harness its potential to create a brighter economic future for the people of Pakistan. He added that resilient U.S.-Pakistan partnership was vital to regional and global security and reaffirmed US commitment to address evolving challenges in South Asia and beyond. He applauded the role played by Pakistan in war against terrorism and extremism. He said that Pakistan was not alone in fighting against this strange and unprecedented enemy and US shared Pakistan’s concerns and interests in this regard.

He reinforced commitment of US for strengthening democratic governance in Pakistan and added that US would continue to partner with Pakistan in enhancing capacity of civilian institutions, parliamentarians and the parliamentary support staff in order to improve parliamentary oversight. He also endorsed strengthening inter-Parliamentary relations and people to people contact between the two countries.


Mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation Calls on NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker - February 24, 2016

Islamabad:  February 24, 2016:    Mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation called on the Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly separately at Parliament House today.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq congratulated Shiekh Ansar Aziz on his election as Mayor of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation. He said that his election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Party leadership and elected representatives of the Corporation. He said that Metropolitan Corporation could play a significant role in resolving the civic issues confronted by citizen of Islamabad.   He expressed his confidence that under sagacious leadership of Sheikh Ansar Aziz the Capital territory will become a model city for the rest of the country. He assured his all out support to the chosen representatives of the civic body.

The Deputy Speaker in his meeting with the Mayor also congratulated him on his election. He expressed the hope that Mr. Sheikh Ansar Aziz would come up to the expectations of the citizen of Islamabad. He said that it was the first ever local body elections held in the capital territory and it would require a lot of handwork to initiate the metropolitan operations from the beginning. He added that the rural areas surrounding the city needed special attention for development. He urged the newly elected mayor to provide facilitations and ensure proper registration of people relocating from different parts of the country. He extended his best wishes to the newly elected representatives and leadership of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation.

The newly elected Mayor thanked the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker for expressing their confidence and assured them that he would make all possible efforts to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted by people of Islamabad and to address the difficulties faced by them. He said that governing the capital would be a difficult task but he and his team would take every measure to address those challenges under the guidance of the visionary leadership of PML-N.


Ambassadors of Iran and Uzbekistan called on Speaker NA - February 23, 2016

Islamabad: February 23rd, 2016: Ambassadors of Iran and Uzbekistan called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, Islamabad, today. Wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and their respective countries came under discussion.

Talking to the Ambassador of Iran Mr. Mehdi Honardoost, the Speaker said that stronger Pak-Iran relation was inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He highlighted that lifting of sanctions would pave a way for revival of economic and commercial relationship between Pakistan and Iran. He added that Iran and Pakistan were intertwined by stronge multi-dimensional relations. Appreciating Iran’s geo-political significance, he remarked that Iran’s role was central to unifying the Muslim world and underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to promote further cooperation amongst the Muslim countries.

 



He highly appreciated Iran’s role in recently held conference of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) in Baghdad.  He highlighted that Iran’s cooperation in energy sector was crucial to easing Pakistan’s energy crisis and further urged for diversification and expansion of trade relations.

Iranian Ambassador Mr. Mehdi Honardoost thanked Pakistan’s national leadership for lifting sanctions on Iran. He highlighted that this step would unleash a new era of mutual cooperation in trade and commerce between Iran and Pakistan. He assured the Speaker National Assembly that Iran was committed to assist Pakistan in resolving its energy crisis and further added that Iran attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He also appreciated Pakistan’s recent shuttle diplomacy between Tehran and Riyadh and added that Pakistan’s earnest endeavors for unification of the Islamic world deserved candid appreciation.

While talking to the Ambassador of Uzbekistan Mr. Furkat Sidikov, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan had long cherished cordial bilateral relations in promoting all round cooperation in different areas including trade, commerce and culture. Referring to historic, cultural and commercial ties, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan and Uzbekistan were natural partners in promoting regional prosperity and stability.

 



 

Uzbekistan Ambassador Mr. Furkat Sidikov endorsed views of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and added that Uzbekistan was committed to strengthen Parliamentary relations with Pakistan. He also urged the need for diversification of trade and commercial relations.


Pakistan and Afghanistan to play important role in improving Economy and Security of the Region: Says NA Speaker - February 23, 2016

Islamabad; February 23, 2016: ‘Pakistan and Afghanistan can play an important role in improving economy and security of their region and their strong bilateral relations can serve as role model for other countries to follow’. This was stated by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while welcoming Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga of Afghanistan Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi at Parliament House on Tuesday who was visiting Pakistan along with a parliamentary delegation.



 

While talking to his Afghani counterpart, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged for stronger Pak-Afghan inter-Parliamentary engagements cemented by frequent exchange of delegations. Referring to Pak-Afghan ties, he highlighted that Pak-Afghan relations was deep rooted in stronger people-to-people contact, cultural affinities and shared interests. ‘Pakistan is the largest stakeholder in a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan and added that the future of both countries is linked’, he added. Stating to the value Pakistan attaches to its relations with Afghanistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq termed Afghanistan as the heart of Asia.

The Speaker stressed the need for cooperation in furthering an inclusive democracy in the region. He assured his Afghan counterpart that Pakistan will assist Afghanistan in capacity building of the Members and Staff of Afghan Wolesi Jirga, sharing best Parliamentary practices, legislative drafting and research. He also added that Pakistan was committed to dignified repatriation of the Afghan refugees and willing to provide all kinds of assistance in post American withdrawal Afghanistan. He expressed confidence in resilience of the Afghan and Pakistani public that they will overcome joint challenges and will strengthen existing economic and cultural relations.

The Speaker of Afghan Wolesi Jirga Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi stressed the need for stronger inter-Parliamentary relations for an inclusive democracy in Afghanistan. Mr. Ibrahimi highly appreciated Pakistan’s gesture of supporting the Afghan Parliament in capacity building of its staff and members. He added that relations with Pakistan were of paramount importance in Afghan foreign policy and expressed his hope that people on both sides of Pak-Afghan border share their future in a peaceful and prosperous region.

Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi remarked that Afghan population was highly indebted to Pakistan for providing shelter and economic opportunities to Afghan refugees for more than 37 years. In quest of achieving shared prosperity, he underlined the need for further expansion of Pak-Afghan relations

Convener Pak Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Member National Assembly Sajid Hussain Turi were also present in the meeting.


NA Speaker Calls For Eu Support For Socio-Economic Development In Pakistan - February 22, 2016

Islamabad, February 22, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with European Union which are deep rooted in bonds of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding on various issues. He was speaking to the Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday.

The Speaker appreciated EU support for the strengthening of democratic process and institutions in Pakistan. He said that political leadership of Pakistan envisioned a long term strategic partnership with EU with special emphasis on strengthening of economic and trade partnership, peace and security and parliamentary cooperation.

“We are standing parallel in the row that commits to the pursuit of democracy, economic development, peace globally and in particular in South Asia” the Speaker said. He also mentioned that today many Pakistanis had found a home in Europe and were valued members of their societies; indeed, some of them had become members of their parliaments.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq informed about the National Assembly’s Strategic Plan aiming at capacity building of the members of the Parliament as well as the secretariat staff besides converting the House into e-Parliament with paperless, green and eco-friendly environment.

Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain appreciated the remarks of the Speaker and said that EU would continue its unwavering support to Pakistan for the development of infrastructure, gender equality, education and health.

He also assured the Speaker for assistance to the Parliament through its programmes including strengthening democracy and capacity building of Parliamentarians and secretariat staff.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Senior Journalist and Anchorperson Imran Mir of Neo TV - February 19, 2016

Islamabad: February 19, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the Mother of Senior Journalist and Anchor Person Imran Mir. 

In their separate condolence messages to Imran Mir, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Mother of Imran Mir. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


National Parliamentary Meet on Malnutrition Concludes: Ayaz Sadiq presents Recommendations for Wayforward - February 18, 2016

Islamabad, February 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has said that development challenges such as the  ‘fight against malnutrition’  were very complex which asked for an integrated approach of all the stakeholders likewise the Parliament, government, experts from development sector including media and civil society. He said that during the past two years, the Parliamentary Task Force had been working actively to chalk out a national parliamentary development agenda. He expressed these views while addressing the concluding ceremony of two day’s National Parliamentary Meet on Malnutrition (NPMM) organized by National Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which concluded today in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad.

He said that today’s firm resolve and commitment is just the starting points. “This opportunity must lead all of us to collaborate  our efforts and collectively devise a roadmap for upcoming years to confront the development challenges specially child and maternal malnutrition” the Speaker said. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his hope that the Provincial and Legislative Assemblies would follow the suit and replicate the same within their respective assemblies.

In the concluding speech, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq presented concrete recommendations composed of pragmatic approach for monitoring & evaluation components, as a way forward to curtail the growing challenge of malnutrition among mother and child in Pakistan. The recommendations were compiled after rigorous brain-storming sessions and deliberations followed by group activities in the conference.

Recommendations agreed at the meeting read out by Speaker NA which called for declaration of national emergency on malnutrition. Establishment of an autonomous and empowered National Commission on Malnutrition of ‘Mother and Child’ was also suggested. Lastly, media was directed to dedicate at least 10% of airtime to create awareness regarding this grave concern.

Earlier Convener SDGs Task Force Punjab Ms. Azma Bukhari chaired a session focusing on ‘End poverty everywhere in all its forms’ and came up with recommendations to eradicate poverty by improving the quality of life. Another session led by Convener SDGs Task Force Sindh Ms. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi contemplated on ‘End hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ suggesting long term policy formulation for ensuring food security. It was followed by session on ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ chaired by Convener SDGs Task Force Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Arif Yousaf that discussed compilation of existing legislation on malnutrition in other legislatures.

The last break out session chaired by member National Parliamentary Task Force for SDGs Romina Khursheed reflected on ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ which recommended an increased budget allocation to mother and child health and nutrition. The meet has decided to complete a cycle of malnutrition meets in all provincial and legislative assemblies beginning from first meet scheduled in Lahore after a couple of months.


Pak-Australian Parliamentary Cooperation; Central to Regional Challenges: Speaker NA - February 18, 2016

Islamabad, February 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Australia enjoy cordial relations based on common interest and shared perceptions on major international issues. He was speaking to the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms. Margaret Adamson who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan strongly desires to further diversify its existing relations through people-to-people contacts and parliamentary cooperation between National Assembly and Australian Parliament. He thanked the Australian government for consistent increase in number of scholarships awarded to Pakistani students.

He urged for cooperation in institutional strengthening and democratic governance in Pakistan and added that Pakistan aspires to benefit from Australian Parliamentary practices regarding the training opportunities in legislative drafting and Research, and in committee system specifically the Public Accounts Committee in its exercising oversight functions.

He informed Ms. Margaret Adamson that Pakistan is an exciting market for renewable energy production and processed foods. He remarked that Pakistan offers immense opportunities for Australians in mining, agricultural and livestock expertise.

Ms. Margaret congratulated Speaker NA on successfully launching the first ever Solar Panel Power Project in any Parliament in the world and also congratulated for making the parliament first in the world to establish an exclusive Secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals. She added that apart from official relations, the people of Pakistan and Australia share a passion for sports and stand united under the banner of Commonwealth.

She said that Australia will continue to cooperate with Pakistan in educational uplift, democratic governance and sustainable economic development in the region. She said that Australian government is willing to cooperate with Pakistan in training Parliamentarians and Staff of the Parliament, along with providing assistance in agriculture, mining and livestock sectors. She also mentioned that Australia is committed to increase educational and vocational linkages for Pakistani students.


NA Speaker Stresses For Parliamentary Initiatives To Address Thr Gravity Of Malnutrition - February 17, 2016

Islamabad, 17 February, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stressed the urgency for strong parliamentary initiatives to address the gravity of malnutrition in the country. He said that among other causes, early marriage of malnourished girls was also the reason for the spread of this menace. He expressed these views while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the National Parliamentary meeting on Malnutrition organized by the Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), today.

Highlighting the factors contributing towards malnutrition, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that most of the factors were inter-related and inter-dependent including poverty, food insecurity, illiteracy, poor hygiene and sanitation along with inadequate nutritional knowledge of mother and under-recognized role of nutrition in the country. He stressed upon the need of a multi-pronged strategy on national and provincial level and called for a vigilant role of the National and Provincial SDG task forces in this regard. He said that National Assembly would provide its complete support and would also share its experiences with the provinces to assist in achieving composite Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the imperative of a national policy based on consensus and coherence of all the stake holders to tackle the challenge of malnutrition. He said “by adopting the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we, as the global community, had committed ourselves to a shared vision of inclusive growth and development by ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ “ .He further said that it’s very encouraging to see diverse stakeholders participating in today’s meeting including representatives from Parliament, government machinery, and experts from development sector, civil society and media working together in the right direction.

Appreciating the role of the women parliamentarians, Speaker NA said that female legislators have exhibited firm commitment and dedication towards legislation in social and development sectors. He said that probably women parliamentarians can better understand the issues of mother and child as compared to male counterparts.

State Minister for National Health Services Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, National Convener SDGs Taskforce Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Former Chairperson Special Committee of NA on MDGS Ms. Shehnaz Wazir Ali and President Parwaan Ms. Mehnaz Aziz also spoke at the occasion. While addressing, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb Chairperson of the Parliamentary Task Force elaborated on the agenda of the Conference. However, a large number of the diplomats was also present at the meeting.


NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq inaugurates SDG's Secretariat - February 16, 2016

Islamabad, the 16th February, 2016: The Parliament of Pakistan is all set to create another benchmark with the inauguration of a first of its kind state-of-the art Secretariat on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in any parliament of the world. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Speaker of the National Assembly will inaugurate the Secretariat in an impressive ceremony being held today at the Parliament House.

The inauguration of the secretariat coincides with the holding of a National Parliamentarians meet on Malnutrition in Pakistan, which is being organized by the Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs.

The Conference is being attended by all Speakers of the provincial land legislative assemblies of the country. In addition, more than two hundred delegates, including all Education and Health Ministers of the country, the representatives of provincial departments of Planning and development, leading health practitioners, members of the civil society, media and representatives of the international development community have also been invited.

“This will also be the first conference on the sensitive subject, which has been affecting the lives and prosperity of millions of children and women across Pakistan,” said Marriyum Aurangzeb, the Convener of the Task Force.While elaborating the agenda of the Conference, she informed that this meet was planned to bring all federal and provincial legislators on board to agree on a consensus agenda to address the reasons and determinants of malnutrition in Pakistan. “Globally, Malnutrition is directly responsible forthree lac deaths per year in children younger than five years in developing countries and contributes indirectly to more than half of all deaths in children worldwide. Pakistani women and children suffer from some of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world with a national nutritional stunting prevalence among children under five of 43.7%.[1][2] Pakistan also has the second highest number of severely wasted children next to India. The magnitude of the country’s nutrition problem is reflected by the fact that half of the world’s malnourished women and children, and an estimated 78% of the world’s wasted children live in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Each year, more than 45% children are born with serious problems of stunting due to malnutrition.

The two-day moot will invite case studies from every region of the country and deliberate on mechanisms for effective oversight of the executive in its pursuits to tackle the growing problem.

Later, the parliamentarians will join the Speaker for the inauguration ceremony of the SDGs Secretariat, which has been established to provide technical assistance to the parliamentariansto effectively oversee, address the legislative gaps and ensure the rights of their respective constituents. The Secretariat has been established with the cooperation of the UNDP Pakistan with zero burden on the national exchequer while the National Parliamentary Meet on Malnutrition is being organized by the National Assembly at and assisted by Pakistan Institution for Parliamentary Services.


Speaker National Assembly Chairs the meeting of Board of Governors of PIPS - February 16, 2016

Islamabad, 16th February, 2016:  Meeting of Board of Governors of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) held under the chairmanship of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at PIPS today. Matters pertaining to appointment of Executive Director (ED), PIPS and Human Resource Review of PIPS were discussed in the meeting.

While talking about appointment of Executive Director, PIPS the Speaker National Assembly said that a competent and visionary officer with scholastic achievements and leadership qualities should be appointed who could bring innovative changes in the institution. The participants were informed that around fifty five applications were received for the said vacancy which were compiled and final selection will be made by the governing body of PIPS. In this regard, Speaker National Assembly has directed to constitute a committee that would scrutinize the applications and would submit its recommendation to the governing body. Speaker National Assembly also instructed to ensure complete transparency and adherence to merit in the process. It is pertinent to mention that post of ED was vacant after the death of former ED Saleem Mehmood Saleem.

During the meeting, the participants agreed to review the human resource policy in recruitment of new candidates and merit should be the yardstick for recruitment. It was also decided to review and improve the job descriptions and responsibilities of the employees currently working in the PIPS.

Addressing the meeting, Speaker NA said that PIPS services should not be confined for the National Assembly and Senate only; rather it should involve all provincial and legislative assemblies of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He added that currently PIPS is providing training facilities to the NA and Senate Secretariat employees. At that note, Speaker Balochistan Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani apprised the participants about the lack of capacity of Provincial Assembly Secretariat employees in legislative drafting particularly in Committee System and underlined for the need of training in these departments. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq responded that PIPS would conduct workshops in legislative drafting and committee system for the employees of provincial assemblies and assured his all out support in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Speaker Balochistan Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Senators Farhatullah Babar, Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and MNAs Syed Naveed Qamar, Zahid Hamid, Shafqat Mahmood, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan. Secretaries Senate and National Assembly Secretariats and Acting ED of PIPS were also present at the meeting.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Sheikh Rohail Asghar, MNA - February 15, 2016

Islamabad;   February 15, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq,  Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of mother of Member National Assembly,  Sheikh Rohail Asghar.

In their separate condolence messages to Shiekh Rohail Asghar, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Parliamentary Engagement To Add Substance To Pak-German Relations: Says Speaker NA - February 15, 2016

Islamabad; February 15, 2016: Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Germany enjoys cordial and cooperative relations which needs to be further strengthened through substantive and long term parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said this while talking to Ambassador of Germany Ms. Ina Lepel in Parliament House, today.

The Speaker stressed the need for a regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries that would take the existing relations to new heights. Underlining the need for exploring possibilities, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq added that Pakistan is potential country for investment with emphasis on trade and development for enhancing cooperation between the two countries. This will strengthen impetus of bilateral economic relations among the two countries. 

Exchanging views on global and regional issues, he remarked that Pakistan has a keen interest in promoting regional stability and is making consistent efforts for regional peace and economic stability. The speaker asserted that Germany remains one of the vocal and staunch supporters of Pakistan and political engagement on both sides will bring the nations closer and pave ways for inter-parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation.

The German Ambassador Ms. Ina Lepel acknowledged the sentiments of the Speaker and said that his government also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through cooperation in diverse fields. She agreed that frequent interaction between business communities and parliamentarians would be beneficial for both the nations.

She also highlighted that Germany as Europe’s largest economy, is keen to maintain intensive and friendly relations with Pakistan. She further said that Germany would continue to support Pakistan at the regional as well as international level in its efforts towards achieving democratic and economic development. She also conveyed good wishes of German Speaker and invitation to Speaker National Assembly to visit Germany.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Raja Muhammad Asghar Senior Journalist of Daily DAWN - February 13, 2016

Islamabad: February 13, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Raja Muhammad Asghar senior journalist of Daily Dawn. 

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Raja Muhhamad Asghar, they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


Ambassador of Iraq calls on Speaker NA - February 12, 2016

Islamabad February 12, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Iraq are united in battling against terrorism, fostering cooperation among the Muslim world and in furthering an inclusive democracy. He was talking to the Ambassador of Iraq, Dr. Ali Yasin Mohammad Karim who called on him in Parliament House, Islamabad on Friday.



The Speaker highlighted that Iraq enjoys great historical reverence for Muslims throughout the world therefore peace and security of the Middle East is inherently dependent upon a peaceful Iraq.

He added that active participation of the parliamentary delegates from the entire Islamic World in Conference of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) hosted by Iraq was a demonstration of confidence in Iraq’s society to defy the threat of terror. The Speaker also expressed his gratitude for warm hospitality extended to Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation during the recent PUIC  hosted by Iraq while appreciating Iraq’s diplomatic endeavors to address common issues that afflict the Muslim Ummah.

Referring to the cultural, religious and eternal bonds of brotherhood between Iraq and Pakistan, the Speaker emphasized that both countries have resolved to usher in a new era of cooperation for tackling the challenges which have inversely affected the region and the Muslim World. He stated that Pakistan has immense confidence in the resilience and capacity of the Iraqi government and society.

The Speaker reiterated Pakistan’s reach out to Iraq through stronger inter-Parliamentary engagements and support for each other on various forums. He also stressed on the need for strengthening economic and military ties. He assured Iraq’s Ambassador of Pakistan’s full cooperation in various fields specially health, legislation and counter-terrorism.

Iraqi Ambassador Mr. Dr. Ali Yasin Muhammad Karim admired Pakistan’s deep confidence in Iraq and the value it attaches to its enduring brotherly relations with Iraq. He remarked that an excellent relation with Pakistan is paramount in Iraqi foreign policy. He added that Pakistan’s generous assistance for effective governance and legislation is a milestone in Pak-Iraq parliamentary diplomatic engagements and added that Ayaz Sadiq has initiated a new era of sustained parliamentary engagements.

The ambassador also appreciated Pakistan’s diplomatic endeavors for fostering cooperation among the Muslim World and the role of Pakistani delegates played in the recent PUIC conference to highlight problems of the Muslim world requiring durable solutions.


Pakistan's Parliament Goes Green - February 12, 2016

This vision of Speaker Ayaz Sadiq saw the light of the day when the National Assembly met on Friday the 12th February, 2016, under solar energy consumption.

The Speaker proudly announced that ever since the 1MW project of ‘Solar Energy’ at the Parliament House Islamabad was opened alive, it had generated 80 MW electricity,of which 62 MW were consumed by the Parliament House and the rest surplus production of 18 MW electricity was contributed to the National Grid.

This makes Pakistan Parliament the first in the world to shift on Solar Power completely. Earlier, Knesset, the parliament of Israel was also consuming the solar energy but it only generates10% of its total energy needs through solar means.

It is worth mentioning that Pakistan’s Parliament is the first in the country to have been issued a ‘Net-Metering” license by NEPRA. ‘Net-Metering’ mechanism helps in delivering and adding the surplus production of energy to the National Grid. This very project is environment friendly as it reduces the emission of hazardous gases which invite global warming.

The honourable Speaker National Assembly acknowledged the assistance of the Chinese government for financially supporting this ‘Solar Project’ of 1 MW/hr. The Speaker also thanked the fellow Parliamentarians, the media and employees of Parliament for their confidence and support in boosting up the role of the Parliament of Pakistan for an ‘enlightened’ future of the country. It may also be recalled that the Solar Project was launched jointly by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during the former’s visit to Pakistan last year.

The Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif is expected to formally ‘Switch On’ the Parliament’s Solar Programme, sometime, later this month.

A hallmark among Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s numerous initiatives, the project seemingly promises a success story for other state institutions to follow in order to help getting rid the nation from its prevailing acute energy crises. 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Renowned Playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia - February 11, 2016

Islamabad: February 11, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled  the death of   sad demise of renowned  playwright and novelist Fatima Surayya Bajia.

In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tribute to the services of late Fatima Surayya Bajia in the field of Urdu literature and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the passing away of eminent playwright. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Elder Brother of Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi. - February 8, 2016

Islamabad, February  08, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the  death  of  Farid Ahmed Murtaza   Elder Brother of Rizwan –ur-Rehman Razi, Executive Editor, Daily Nai Baat.

In their separate condolence messages to Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his elder brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Kashmir Issue not just a Territorial Dispute but a Struggle for inherent Right: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - February 4, 2016

Islamabad, February 04, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stated that Kashmir issue was not just a territorial dispute rather an issue of millions of people of Kashmir who were genuinely struggling for their right of self-determination since 1947. He remarked that peace in South Asian region was not possible when India continued to deny Kashmiris their inherent right and when their peaceful demonstrations were met with Indian high-handedness. He said this in his message at the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day to be commemorated across Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on February 5 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

Highlighting the Kashmir issue, the Speaker said that the Kashmir dispute was one of the oldest unresolved humanitarian crises and only a just solution could bring lasting peace in the region. Reiterating support for the Kashmiri people, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan strictly adhered to UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir to determine the future of Kashmiri people as per their aspirations. The Speaker added that Pakistan’s persistent diplomatic struggle had kept the Kashmir issue on UN top priority agenda. He added that the UN and international community should fulfill its obligation towards the Kashmiri people to ensure peaceful solution to the unfinished agenda through a free and fair plebiscite.  

Referring to Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir, the Speaker remarked that he pulled back Pakistan from hosting 61stCommonwealth Parliamentary Conference when India agitated for extending invitation to Assembly of Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir was more important than hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

The Speaker urged the international community to pay heed to the plight of Kashmiri citizens and play a role in peaceful resolution of decades long persistent conflict. He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference. 

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various international forums. He added that a compromise on Kashmir as contrary to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people was unacceptable. 

Appreciating the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris in their just struggle against the atrocities inflicted upon them, the Deputy Speaker asserted that Pakistan shall always stand with the people of Kashmir to achieve their right to self determination.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Renowned Novelist & Author Intezar Hussain - February 2, 2016

Islamabad: February 2, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the sad demise of renowned novelist and author Intezar Hussain.

In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tribute to the services of late Intezar Hussain in the field of Urdu literature and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the passing away of eminent writer. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole The Death of Brother of Ayub Nasir - January 31, 2016

 

Islamabad January 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of elder brother of senior journalist of Daily Jang, Sheikh Ayub Nasir.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


Pakistan & Iraq have a wide room to improve bilateral cooperation; Speaker Sadiq tells Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Ebadi - January 26, 2016

Islamabad, January 26: Sardar AyazSadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, has stressed Iraqi leadership to expand cooperation with Pakistan to create a ‘win-win’ situation for the two countries. According to a message received from Baghdad, the Speaker made these remarks during his two-hour long meeting with the Prime Minister of Iraq Dr. Haider Al Ebadi.

The visiting Speaker and his delegation were warmly received by the Prime Minister who paid glowing tributes to the people of Pakistan for their unparallel sacrifices in the war on terror. The Prime Minister observed that Iraq itself was a victim of extremism for over a decade and was currently facing the severe onslaughts of Daaish, therefore, it could understand the plight of the people of Pakistan.

The two sides agreed that there was a dire need of mutual cooperation in diverse fields of defense, industry, trade, agriculture, human resource, communications and intelligence sharing. The Speaker offered to provide skilled manpower to Iraq in the services sector, especially, in medicine and Information Technology. It was also observed that Pakistan could be an economical supplier of food items to the war ravaged country which was spending its precious foreign exchange on the import of these types of items from the western countries. Though, aviation sector was also identified as a possible avenue of meaningful cooperation.

The Iraqi Prime Minister took keen interest in Pakistan’s peace initiatives regarding the Middle East and South Asia. He inquired from the Speaker about the improving relations with Afghanistan while admiring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s peace initiative in the Saudi-Iran standoff. He observed that confrontation and divide was not in the interest of the Muslim World as the enemies of Islam wanted to pitch Muslim brothers against each other. He observed that the rise of Daaish and the Taliban was a well-knitted conspiracy from the same elements who wanted to destabilize the Muslim World. It was thus important for the Muslim World to seek joint and indigenous solutions rather than to look towards the other states.

The Speaker agreed to the observations of the Iraqi Prime minister and apprised him of the Operation Zarb-e-Azab and the establishment of the military courts by amending the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and other relevant laws through the Parliament. He also informed that the anti state elements were on a run as those initiatives had become their achilles heel, resultantly, the peace was fast returning to the troubled areas of Pakistan.  Mr. Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that it was important to consolidate the gains by building cooperation networks among all stakeholders of the region, especially the Muslim World.


Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Elected Vice Chair of the 11th Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries - January 25, 2016

Islamabad; January 25, 2016: Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was unanimously elected as the Vice Chairman of the 11th General Assembly of the Parliamentary Union of the Islamic Countries which was jointly inaugurated amidst much fanfare here in the Iraqi capital by the President of Iraq Mr. Fuad Masumand and the Prime Minister Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi, according to a message received from Baghdad.

While proposing Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s name, the Speaker of Iran Dr. Ali Larijani paid rich tributes to Pakistan’s struggle against terrorism and the sincere efforts of its leadership to unite the Muslim Ummah. This was carried unanimously by all Speakers and head of delegations from 32 countries attending the moot.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, meanwhile, had a busy day in Baghdad where he held meetings with the Speakers of Iran, Kuwait and Somalia along with the parliamentarians from Egypt, Palestine, Afghanistan and Kurd Autonomous Region.

In his meeting with the Kuwaiti Speaker, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq stressed for unity and reconciliation among the Ummah. The two sides took note of the deteriorating situation of Middle East while the Speaker of Kuwait praised the efforts of Pakistan’s Prime Minister in playing a role of bridge between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The Iranian Speaker Dr. Ali Larijani also expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s efforts and stressed for widening the cooperation among Muslim States. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq congratulated Iranian Speaker on the lifting of sanctions and hoped that the recent development in that regard would usher into a new era of development in the region.

Speakr Ayaz Sadiq, in his meeting with his Somali counterpart Mohammad Sh. Osman Jawari extended Pakistan’s complete support to the developing Parliament of Somalia in terms of trainings and legislative drafting. The Somali Speaker took keen interest in the “Protection of Pakistan Act” and other similar legislation, carried out by Pakistan’s Parliament in combating terrorism.


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Mian Amir Mehmood - January 25, 2016

Islamabad, January 25, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly have condoled the  death  of  Mian Zahoorul Haq Father  of  Chairman Punjab Group of Colleges, Owner of Dunya TV, Editor In-chief  of daily Dunya and former Nazim, Lahore  Mian Amir Mehmood.

In their separate condolence messages to Mian Amir Mehmood, the Speaker and the Acting Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker arrives in Baghdad to participate in the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) - January 23, 2016

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan arrived at Baghdad to lead a parliamentary delegation of Pakistan to participate in the 11th Session of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) being hosted by Iraq from 20-25 January 2016.

According to the message received from Baghdad, the Speaker was warmly received on arrival at Baghdad by H.E. Dr. Saleem Al-Jabouri, Speaker of Iraqi Parliament, the senior officials of the Iraqi Parliament and the Ambassador of Pakistan to Iraq.

During his stay in Iraq besides representing Pakistan in the PUIC will be interacting with the Heads of other participating delegations and also be meeting with the Iraqi Leadership.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condole the death of father-in-law of Senior Editor Khursheed Rabani - January 23, 2016

Islamabad: January 23, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Father in law of Mr. Khursheed Rabani  Senior Editor, Daily Nawa -i- Waqt . 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Khursheed Rabani, Speaker and Acting  Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Father  in law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Mughees Baig - January 22, 2016

Islamabad, January 22, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the  death  of  Father  of Senior News Editor Daily Jang, Rawalpindi Mughees  Baig.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Mughees Baig, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Murtaza Javed Abbasi to Act as Speaker, National Assembly - January 22, 2016

Islamabad:  January 22, 2016: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly vice Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly who has proceeded on a visit abroad to attend the Conference of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries in Baghdad, Iraq.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Terrorist Attack at Bacha Khan University - January 20, 2016

Islamabad: January 20, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, today and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over loss of precious human lives in the incident.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and said that the elements involved in such activities were enemy of the country. They said that killing of innocent students and teachers who educate the nation was an act of ultimate barbarity and such inhumane violence are carried out by those who do not deserve to be called human beings.

They said that such attacks on educational institutions cannot be justified by any religion, moral or beliefs whatsoever. They were confident that the culprits involved in this heinous act will not be spared and will be brought to justice. They sympathized with aggrieved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and for early recovery of injured. They directed the concerned authorities to take strong measures to beef up the security of educational institutions in the province and provide best medical facilities to the injured.  


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Brother-in-Law of PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif - January 20, 2016


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast At Jamrud, Khyber Agency - January 19, 2016

Islamabad: January 19, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the suicide attack at check post near Jamrud, Kyber Agency and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
        
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice. 
           
They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


Ambassador Designate To Bulgaria Called on NA Speaker - January 19, 2016

Islamabad, January 19, 2016: Ambassador Designate to Bulgaria A.S. Babar Hashmi has called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, today. Matters of Pak-Bulgaria relations and mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.

While talking to Ambassador Designate, Speaker said that Pakistan and Bulgaria enjoy long standing friendly relations and Pakistan wants to revitalize the existing relations through enhanced economic and parliamentary coordination.

He said that there was a great potential in trade and commerce sectors for both countries to avail investment opportunities. He said that Pakistan desires to broaden the existing cooperation in diverse fields including trade, cultural and business areas. He underlined the need to increase interaction between business and trade communities of both countries to enhance economic cooperation.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq applauded Mr. Hashmi’s diplomatic services rendered in Pakistan Foreign Service by building better relations with various countries. He asked him to utilize his diplomatic expertise to further improve the relations with Bulgaria by presenting a favorable image of Pakistan to secure trade and investment in Pakistan.


Ambassador Designate to Bulgaria A.S. Babar Hashmi expressed his gratitude to Speaker National Assembly for kind words and assured to make all out efforts to further strengthen the relations between both the countries.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast At Security Forces Vehicle In Quetta - January 18, 2016

Islamabad: January 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at security forces  in Quetta and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives of security forces personnel.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the country. They said that such shameful acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice. 

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


NA Speaker Congratulates The Newly Elected Office Bearers Of Lahore Press Club - January 18, 2016

Islamabad: January 18, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Lahore Press Club.

In their separate messages to the newly elected President of Lahore Press Club, Mr Muhammad Shahbaz Mian, Secretary General, Mr. Shadab Riaz, Vice President Mr. Abdul Majeed Sajid, Finance Secretary, Mr. Zaheer Ahmad Babar, Joint Secretary Mr. Zahid Gogi and members governing body, the Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. He said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Journalist fraternity reposed in them.

The Speaker hoped that they will work for welfare of Journalist Community and freedom of press. He said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed the hope that under the new leadership the problems of Journalist’s community would be resolved. He prayed for their success during their tenure.


NA Speaker Elected to the Commonwealth Speakers' Standing Committee - January 15, 2016

Islamabad, January 15, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has been unanimously elected as the Representative from Asia to the 54 Member Commonwealth's Standing Committee. His election was conducted at the 23rd Conference of the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Countries (CSPOC) held in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s name was proposed by the Speaker of the Majlis of the Maldives Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed and was seconded by Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. The motion was carried unanimously. Consequently, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will serve the Standing Committee as its Member for a two-year term till 2018.

A two-member parliamentary delegation from Pakistan, headed by the Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbassi participated in the three-day conference. Murtaza Javed Abbassi successfully persuaded the participants to support Pakistan for the seat. He underscored the sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan for democracy, global peace and regional development and stressed the member states to consider Pakistan’s nomination.

Deputy Speaker also asked the forum to engage more effectively to promote the ideals of parliamentary democracy and good governance by bringing more transparency and creating linkages with the people. He called upon the fellow Speakers to take notice of the human rights violations in the Commonwealth by negating people’s right to choose their destiny, hence creating frustration that leads to violent behaviors.

CSPOC comprising the Speakers of the Commonwealth countries is considered a prestigious parliamentary forum, which holds its meeting after every two year to discuss issues concerning the Chair in the smooth functioning of the institution of Parliament.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast at Anti Polio Centre, Quetta - January 13, 2016

Islamabad: January 13, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at anti Polio Centre in Quetta, causing the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country.  They said that such shameful acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice. 

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured. 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Sister of Senior Journalist Masood Majid Syed - January 13, 2016

Islamabad: January 13, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of sister of senior reporter Masood Majid Syed,  daily Jinah and widow of senior journalist Late  Muhammad Ismail.
          
In their separate condolence messages to Masood Majid Syed, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his sister. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. (Ameen)


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Brother Of Sardar Muhammad Yousuf - January 8, 2016

Islamabad: January 08, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of brother of Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf. 
           
In their separate condolence messages to Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. (Ameen)
 


NA Speaker Pays Tribute to Aitezaz Hasan Shaheed - January 7, 2016

Islamabad, January 7, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly paid rich tribute to bravery and courage Shaheed Aitezaz Hasan on the eve of second anniversary of his martyrdom. Shaheed Aitezaz Hasan had gallantry saved the lives of hundreds of students at the cost of his own life to foil a suicide attack at his school in District Hangu two years back.

The Speaker remarked that Shaheed Aitezaz Hasan is Pakistan’s youngest hero and stands as a symbol of courage, bravery, fearlessness and patriotism. Eulogizing the valour of Aitezaz Hasan the Speaker remarked that Shaheed Aitezaz Hasan is immortal and still lives amongst us as icon and example for humanity. The security and integrity of Pakistan is intact to sacrifices of the patriotic sons of the soil, he added. The speaker highlighted that Pakistan Army, law enforcement agencies and civilians have rendered great sacrifices for peaceful Pakistan and that such sacrifices will not go in vain dream of prosperous, peaceful and progressive Pakistan is just around the corner, he added.

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi hailed Shaheed Aitezaz Ahsan as real hero and said that his sacrifice will never be forgot. He mentioned that Aitezaz imprinted a tale of courage and audacity on the heart and mind of the nation.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole The Death of Wife of Haji Ghulam Ahmed Balour - January 7, 2016


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate the newly elected office bearers of National Press Club (NPC) - January 5, 2016

Islamabad; January, 05, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of National Press Club (NPC).

In their separate messages to the newly elected President of NPC Mr Shakeel Anjum, Secretary General, Mr. Imran Yaqoob Dhiloon,  Senior Vice President Mr. Naveed Akbar, Vice Presidents Mr. Asif Bhatti, Mr. Ibrahim Qambar and Ms. Nazia Toheed, Finance Secretary, Mr. Ishaq Ch., Senior Joint Secretary Mr. Iqbal Malik, Joint Secretaries, Mr. Mohsin Ijaz, Mr. Amanullah Khan, Ms. Shakila Jalil  and members governing body, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Journalist fraternity reposed in them.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker hoped that they will work for welfare of Journalist Community and freedom of press. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country. They expressed the hope that under the new leadership the problems of Journalist’s community would be resolved. They prayed for their success during their tenure.


NA Speaker Condoles the Death of Mother of Khawaja Ahmed Hassan - January 4, 2016

Islamabad: January  04, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly has condoled the death of mother of Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, senior leader of PML(N) and former Lord Mayor, Lahore.  

In his condolence message to Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, the Speaker expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pak and KSA to join hands to confront the global challenges: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - January 1, 2016

Islamabad, January 1, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has asserted that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were twin brothers who would join hands to confront the global challenges. The Speaker said that the New Year had come up with new regional and global problems for Muslim Ummah that needed to be addressed through mutual cooperation by Islamic countries. He said that while talking to Mr. Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who called on him at Parliament House, this evening.

The Speaker underlined the need to rectify the distorted image of Islam as projected by the extremists and negatively propagated by the western media as intolerant and violent religion.  He reiterated that Islam was a religion of peace that abhorred terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.

Highlighting Pakistan’s contribution in the war against terrorism, the Speaker said that Pakistan had suffered immense social, economic losses besides loss of precious human lives. He said that present government was committed to root out this menace from the country under National Action Plan and better civil military coordination. He highlighted that Pakistan’s fight against terrorism will continue till extermination of last terrorist.

Referring to the brotherly ties between the two countries, the Speaker said that Pakistan attached immense importance to its historic relations with Saudi Arabia that were deep rooted in religion, history and culture. The Speaker said that the support, both the countries extend to each other on different issues and forums was a manifestation of strong ties between Pakistan and KSA.  Apprising the dignitary about the Pak-Saudi Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly, the Speaker termed it an effective way to bring both the nations specially parliaments closer.

Mr. Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani expressed his gratitude to the Speaker for his remarks and said that KSA also desired to further consolidate the brotherly relations through parliamentary and economic cooperation. Appreciating the working of Pakistani expatriates in KSA he highlighted that his government was keen to encourage further Pakistani trained human resource to take part in vast construction projects undergoing in KSA.

He agreed that dispelling negative propaganda against Islam should be the priority of Muslim Ummah and assured his government’s support in that regard. Referring to shared Pak-Saudi perspective on various matters, he further assured cooperation on regional and international forums.


Saudi Ambassador Called On NA Speaker - January 1, 2016


Nation to Continue Fight Against Terrorism to Bring Peace in the Country: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - December 31, 2015

Islamabad: December 31, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that Pakistani nation would continue to fight against the menace of terrorism to bring peace and prosperity in the country. He said that in his felicitating message to the nation at the eve of New Year.

While greeting the nation at the advent of 2016, Speaker National Assembly said that the entire nation has exhibited firm commitment to fight war against terrorism in this year. He applauded the progress made in rooting out the militancy and fighting the menace of terrorism that culminated into bringing the ever awaited peace and prosperity into the country. He appreciated the untiring endeavors of the government and the political forces and also paid tribute to the armed forces and law enforcement agencies for their bravery and valor in this war. He said that people of Pakistan have rendered matchless sacrifices during this war and made it possible to successfully implement National Action Plan as pledged and desired at the commencement of the preceding year 2015.

He was confident that Pakistan would make the best of available opportunities and make them productive in the succeeding year and would usher towards the accomplishing of not too distant goals of social harmony and economic development with the commencement of a game changer project China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

In this continuation, he mentioned that, the significance of energy sector revamp, dissemination of quality education and provision of the modern day health facilities could not be swept under the carpet at any cost, as they could be a panacea to the incumbent socio-economic perils, we are incumbently abreast with. He said that utilization of the alternative energy recourses and exploration of new energy avenues could help us in mitigating the energy crunch sooner than later.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also stressed upon the need for reducing unemployment rate by creating skilled human capital and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation to generate new employment opportunities. 

He expressed his hope that the dawn of 2016 would make us unequivocally reflect on the year gone by with a view to analyze the high points and shortcoming we experienced in our national life. The Speaker prayed that the New Year would bring joys and happiness to our nation and would offer us an opportunity to overcome the challenges confronting the nation with firm determination.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Former Additional Secretary of National Assembly Secretariat - December 30, 2015

Islamabad: December, 30 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of Mr. Junaid Iqbal who was former Additional Secretary of National Assembly Secretariat and father of senior reporter Daily Dawn Nasir Iqbal.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Nasir Iqbal, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker paid tribute to the services of late former Additional Secretary and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the said demise. They prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with patience and forbearance.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast at Nadra Office Mardan - December 29, 2015


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Aunt of Arshad Waheed Choudhary - December 28, 2015

Islamabad December 28, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of aunt of senior journalist of Geo News and Daily Jang, Arshad Waheed Choudhary.
 
In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Extend Warm Felicitations To The Christian On Christmas - December 24, 2015

Islamabad: December 24, 2015; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have extended their warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.

In his message, the Speaker said that Prophet Jesus Christ was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. The Muslims deeply revere Prophet Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Almighty Allah, he said. The Speaker said that the Christmas day remind us the beginning of new hopes and plans for the future, resolution of conflicts, nurturing creativity and ideas; and sowing seeds of peace and cooperation for future generations.   
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, on this happy occasion, reiterated the pledge of the Parliament and government to fully safeguard the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities according to the Constitution of  Pakistan and guiding principles of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings to his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. He said that Jesus Christ’s eternal message of love for humanity and for the Members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in the world.

He said that in face of the current challenging situation in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies. He also extended his appreciation to the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Deputy Secretary National Assembly - December 24, 2015

Islamabad: December 24, 2015; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of the mother of M. A. Daheri, Deputy Secretary (Administration) National Assembly Secretariat.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. M. A. Daheri, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Urge The Nation To Forge The Edifice Of Our Motherland As Envisioned By The Father Of The Nation - December 24, 2015

Islamabad: December 24, 2015; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly paid a floral tribute to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his 139th Birth Anniversary, and congratulated the entire nation on this auspicious day.

The Speaker said that history fails to offer any other parallel to what the Quaid-i-Azam achieved. He quoted the renowned historian Stanley Wolpert, who has paid a rich tribute to the Quaid. Stanley Said, “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history, fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”

Furthermore, the Speaker remarked that nature endowed the Quaid-i-Azam with exceptional qualities of leadership, integrity, determination and indomitable will which enabled him to defy the mighty hostile forces that had joined hands to deprive the Muslims of the sub-continent of their political rights and liberties. Quaid’s exemplary courage, statesmanship, lofty vision and dedication to the cause of Muslims of South Asia made it possible for us to be citizens of a free, independent and sovereign Islamic State.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly stated that the great Quaid was a true democrat and upholder of equality and social justice. He was a staunch believer in the values of honesty, truthfulness and sublime human values.
The Deputy Speaker mentioned that Quaid-i-Azam was a great advocate of social and economic justice. He aspired to construct a society where the rich could not exploit the poor. The nation to forge the edifice of our motherland as envisioned by the father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he urged.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Felicitate Newly Elected Speaker Of Balochistan Assembly And Deputy Speaker Of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly - December 24, 2015

Islamabad: December 24, 2015; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani and Dr Mehar Taj Roghani on their election as Speaker Baluchistan Assembly and Deputy Speaker of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly

In their separate congratulatory messages, they said that elections of a woman as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Provincial Assemblies have established a new tradition in the country’s parliamentary history. It reflects that Pakistani nation truly believes in democratic values and recognizes the status of women as equal member of society, they added.

They expressed hope that newly elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker will run their Houses according to rule and work for strengthening the democratic norms in their Provinces. They prayed for their success during their constitutional tenure.
 


Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is Humanity's Best Role Model - December 23, 2015


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Passing Away of Former MNA Zaib Gohar Ayub Khan - December 19, 2015

Islamabad December 19, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of wife of former Speaker of National Assembly Gohar Ayub Khan, mother of former State Minister for Finance Omar Ayub Khan and former MNA Zaib Gohar Ayub Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to Gohar Ayub Khan and Omar Ayub Khan, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their deep sense of grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They said that she was a seasoned politician and during her tenure as Member National Assembly, she had rendered valuable contributions in Legislative Business.

They prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage and strength to her bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Passing Away of Mother of Muhammad Ayaz Soomro MNA - December 19, 2015

Islamabad December 19, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away the Mother of MNA Muhammad Ayaz Soomro.
 
In their separate condolence messages the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their deep sense of grief and sorrow over the sad demise.

They prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage and strength to her bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abassi has expressed his annoyance over non-implementation of the decisions taken by the House and Library Committee. - December 17, 2015

Islamabad: December 17, 2015: Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abassi has expressed his annoyance over non-implementation of the decisions taken by the House and Library Committee. The Deputy Speaker said that decisions taken in the meeting of the Committee were duly conveyed to the Capital Development Authority; however, the Authority does not seem to be interested in their implementation. He made these observations while chairing a meeting of the National Assembly House and Library Committee held in Parliament House, this afternoon.

Referring to the under-construction additional family suites for the Parliamentarians, the Deputy Speaker said that the poor performance of the Contractor was repeatedly brought into the notice of CDA and directions were conveyed to CDA for getting the family suite completed without further delay, however, still the construction work was far behind the schedule. He said that the delay in completion of the family suites, Parliamentarians were facing problems who had not been provided accommodation in the Parliament Lodges. He observed that the project was supposed to be completed in 2013. He directed CDA to bring the Contractor in next meeting of the Committee to be held on 22nd December to explain his lethargic attitude towards the project. He directed CDA to submit a detailed progress report on the issue in question and get written assurance from the contractor for completion of the project within the revised schedule.

The Committee also directed CDA to reduce administrative expenditure of being incurred on maintenance staff as major chunk of the budgetary allocation for maintenance of the lodges was being spent on pay and allowances of the staff. The Committee directed for ensuring payment of minimum wages to his Janitorial staff that has been approved by the government i.e. Rs.13000/-

While discussing the issue of possession of plots to the employees of the National Assembly in NA Staff Cooperative Housing Society by the Management of Federal Employees Cooperative Hosuing Society (FECHS), the Committee directed for handing over early possession of the plots as per commitment. The President FECHS apologized to the committee for not fulfilling his commitment, however, he assured the Committee that possession of 226 plots would be handed over by 31st December, 2015 and the remaining by April, 2016. The Deputy Speaker directed that the timeline should be strictly followed. He also directed CDA to approve the layout plan of the society after completion of the formalities and Administrator NASECHS to submit the necessary documents for further action by CDA.


Quran Khawani For APS Martyrs Arranged In The Parliament House - December 16, 2015

Islamabad. December 16, 2015: Quran Khawani for martyrs of Army Public School (APS) carnage, who lost their lives in the massacre last year in Peshawar, was arranged in the Parliament House Mosque, today. A large number of people including Speaker National Assembly, members of the National Assembly, Senators, Secretariat officers and staff were present at the occasion.

Remembering the Army Public School tragedy, Speaker NA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that more than 132 children along with teachers were killed coldheartedly that shook the entire world. He remarked that mourning families and friends were not alone, and the entire nation equally shared their pain and stood shoulder to shoulder with them.

Quran Khawani was offered after the Zohar prayer followed by Faateha for the departed souls and prayers for the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. Attendees also offered special prayers for national security and success of military operation being carried out against the terrorists.


NA Speaker Calls for Establishment Of Regional Parliament - December 15, 2015

Islamabad, December 15, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stressed upon the need of establishment of a regional parliament comprising of SAARC, ASEAN and OIC countries. He said that such platform would provide a forum for regional states to protect their common interests and tackle common issues. He said that while talking to a three member delegation of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), United Kingdom led by Ms. Dina Melham, Regional Director who called on Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House, today.

He mentioned that Parliament of Pakistan is going to design standard courses in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) for secretariat staff of National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies for capacity building. He said that National Assembly is willing to build up its links with House of Commons to strengthen democracy and parliament by adopting best practices. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq stressed the point that desired cooperation should be carried out directly with the National Assembly without engaging any local or international NGOs as the third party.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also highlighted the initiatives of the Parliament which has been taken during his tenure. He mentioned that 1MW Solar Power Project for Parliament Housewas about to be completed which would turn it into Green Parliament. He also mentioned the e-parliament initiative that is in progress under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project of the National Assembly to save wastage of paper and resources. He also highlighted the establishment of Legislative Drafting Council of the Parliament to improve the legislative work done. Speaker NA informed the delegation about working of non- partisan Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) that assists in legislative business ensuring equality and protection of women rights.

NA Speaker mentioned the in-house initiative of Legislative Training in Secretariat headed by Additional Secretary Legislation to discuss, the Constitution, Rules and Procedure of the National Assembly in order to have create a better understanding of rules and functions of the Parliament. However, he stressed that there was always a room for improvement that can be brought through different capacity building programs. He also extended his invitation to the British Pakistani Member Parliaments to visit Pakistan.

Ms. Dina Melham appreciated the efforts undertaken by the Parliament of Pakistan in strengthening democratic process in the country. She also praised the working of WPC in the National Assembly and agreed that UK and Pakistan can cooperate with each other over parliamentary and legislative affairs to learn from each other’s experience and WFD could play a bridging role in this regard.


Children Of APS Engraved The Message Of Peaceful Pakistan With Their Blood: NA Speaker - December 15, 2015

Islamabad, December 15, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that children martyred in Army Public School (APS) carnage engraved a message of peaceful Pakistan with their blood. He said that December 16 reminded us the unforgettable tragedy that befell Pakistan and the collective pain and grief that afflicted this nation a year ago. He said that in his commemorative message on the first anniversary of APS deadly attacks.

Remembering the Army Public School tragedy, Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that more than 132 children along with teachers were killed coldheartedly that shook the entire world. He remarked that bereaved families and friends were not alone, and the entire nation equally shared this pain and stood shoulder to shoulder with them. He termed the loss of those innocent children as a national tragedy and said that no words of sympathy could lessen the pain of mourning families.

Applauding the resilience of Army Public School’s students, their parents and teachers, he stated that the whole nation is proud of their phenomenal courage when they returned to school with a new found spirit and an unflinching resolve for education. He highlighted that history will not be able to offer such precedents of bravery. The resilience and courage of the bereaved families and students of Army Public School has bolstered the nation’s resolve to root out militancy in all forms and manifestations. He further added that the Parliament has crafted National Action Plan and has provided a mandate to law enforcement forces to destroy and dismantle terror networks. “However, it is the schools and colleges where we have to win the battle against militant mindset that despises even education”, he added

Reflecting on the nation’s response to the APS tragedy, he said “We have promised the martyred souls of the Army Public Schools that your sacrifices would not go in vain; that your siblings across the country would live up to your dream; that there shall be no politics in bringing the perpetrators of terror to the book.” He resolved the commitment of the nation to defeat the mindset that knew only violence, bigotry and hatred.


Pakistan To Continue Providing Diplomatic, Political And Moral Support To Kashmiris: NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq - December 14, 2015

Islamabad, December 14, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Kashmir dispute remains close to the heart of every Pakistani and the future of both Pakistan and Kashmir is linked. He asserted that durable peace in South Asia cannot be achieved without resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He said that while talking to President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan who called on Speaker Nation Assembly in Parliament House, today.

Reiterating support for the Kashmiri people, the Speaker said that Pakistan will stand by Kashmiris till the realization of their demands for a peaceful resolution of the issue and will continue to provide diplomatic, political and moral support to them. He said that current government was availing every opportunity to raise Kashmir dispute on international forums. He said that brave people of Kashmir have rendered countless sacrifices in course of claiming the right to self-determination and have remained resolute and steadfast against the oppression, spreading more than six decades.

President AJ&K Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan expressed his gratitude on Pakistan’s stanch and firm support to the people of Kashmir. He said that the present government has taken up this issue irrespective of political differences amongst parties and represented Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to Kashmiris’ plight on regional and international forums. He praised the government for raising human rights violation and atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir on such platforms. He said that Pakistan’s withdrawal as host of the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference on the grounds of decision not to extend an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly reflects the firm and unwavering resolve of Pakistan to remain committed to the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination in accordance with the Resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Sardar Yaqoob admired federal government’s development and educational endeavors including establishment of University of Azad Kashmir in AJ&K. He said that such projects would not only bring social and economic prosperity in AJ&K but would also strengthen brotherly ties of people of Kashmir with the people of other provinces of Pakistan.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast In Para Chanar - December 13, 2015

Islamabad: December 13, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Para chanar and  expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the Government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism.They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyreds in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured.


Deputy Speaker NA Invites Qatar’s Investors For Investment In Energy And Economic Sectors In Pakistan - December 11, 2015

Islamabad, December 11, 2015: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that immense potential exists in energy and economic sectors in Pakistan. He invited Qatari investors in Pakistan to take advantage of such opportunities. He said that while talking to Ambassador of Kingdom of Qatar Mr. Saqr-Bin-Mubbark Al-Munsouri who called the Deputy Speaker in Parliament House, this morning.

Referring to time immemorial relations with Qatar, the Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan and Qatar were intertwined in inbounds of religion, history and culture. He expressed the desire to further consolidate this relation through people to people, parliamentary and economic cooperation. He also stressed the need for unity amongst Muslim Ummah for countering the negative portrayal of Islam. The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan appreciates support of Qatar on international and regional forums.

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi also underlined the need for enhancing bilateral trade and cooperation between both the countries. He appreciated the support of state of Qatar that has been extended to Pakistan for its socio-economic and infrastructure development specially education and health sectors. The Deputy Speaker said that Qatar could benefit skilled human resource potential in Pakistan.

Underlining the need for enhancing parliamentary contacts between legislatures of both the countries, the Deputy Speaker said that parliamentarians from either side could bring both the nation closer and learn from each other’s experience. He also invited members of parliament of Qatar to visit Pakistan.

Ambassador of Qatar Mr. Saqr-Bin-Mubbark Al-Munsouri said that Qatar also attaches great importance to brotherly relations with Pakistan and desires to strengthen them through cooperation in diverse sectors. He assured his government’s all out support for addressing energy constraints. He also appreciated contributions of Pakistan expatriates living in Qatar and said that his country was keen in importing skilled Pakistani human resource. He also agreed for enhancing parliamentary contacts between legislatures of both the countries.  
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Additional Secretary National Assembly - December 8, 2015

Islamabad: December 8, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of the mother of Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Additional Secretary (Legislation) National Assembly Secretariat.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Stresses the Need For Unity Amongst Muslim Ummah To Confront The Challenges Of Terrorism - December 8, 2015

Islamabad, December 8, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has underlined the need for forging unity amongst Muslim Ummah to confront the challenges of terrorism and extremism. He said that Muslims should rectify the distorted image of Islam which was being projected by the extremists. He said that while talking to Dr. Omar Al-Berzinji, Under Secretary for legal affairs and multilateral relations, Republic of  Iraq in Parliament House, this evening.

The Speaker said that Islam is religion of peace and abhors terrorism and extremism in its all forms and manifestations. He said that western negative propaganda has distorted the image of Islam and presented it as an intolerant and violent religion. He asserted that terrorists neither have any nationality nor religion.

He informed the visiting dignitary about his efforts for bringing Muslim Ummah together through parliamentary diplomacy. He said that he was in contact with Muslim members of the Inter Parliamentary Union for bringing a resolution condemning Israeli atrocities committed against innocent Palestinians in its next meeting being held early next year.

The Speaker said that Pakistan has been fighting against terrorism and extremism for more than a decade and has suffered immense economic loss besides loss of precious human lives and damage to infrastructure. He said that present government is committed to root out this menace from the country for which military operation was underway and would last till extermination of last terrorist.

Referring to its brotherly ties with Iraq, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its historic relations with Iraq that are deep rooted in religion, history and culture. He said that government and the Parliament of Pakistan stand firm with their Iraqi brethren in war against terrorism and offer its support for the reconstruction initiatives in Iraq. He also apprised the dignitary about the constitution of Pakistan-Iraq Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly terming it an effective way to bring both the nations specially parliaments more closer.

Dr. Omar Al-Berzinji expressed his gratitude to the Speaker for his remarks and said that Iraq also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and desires to further consolidate them through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He agreed that dispelling negative propaganda against Islam should be the priority of Muslim Ummah and assured his government’s support in that regard. He also agreed for enhancing parliamentary contacts between legislatures of both the countries.

Apprising about the law and order situation in Iraq, Dr. Omar Al-Berzinji said that Iraqi forces were steadily moving ahead and reclaiming territories from the occupation of terrorists. He said that Iraqi government has drawn up a compressive strategy to revive its economy and rebuilt infrastructure. He said that his government was keen for importing Pakistani trained human resource to take part in reconstruction process in Iraq. He also invited Pakistani investors and business community to take advantage of investment opportunities in Iraq.
 


Outgoing Ambassador of Azerbaijan Calls on Speaker NA - December 7, 2015

Islamabad; December 7, 2015: Outgoing Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Dashgin called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, this evening.  While talking to the Ambassador, the Speaker appreciated contributions of the Ambassador in bringing Pakistan and Azerbaijan more closer. The Speaker said that Pakistan values its close brotherly relations with Azerbaijan that are based on historic, cultural and religious commonalities.

The Speaker said that the support, both the countries extend to each other on different issues and forums was a manifestation of strong ties between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He appreciated Azerbaijani support to Pakistan on the principled stand of Kashmir. The Speaker appreciated the Ambassador for his efforts in facilitating Azerbaijani business community to visit Pakistan for exploring further avenues of cooperation in diverse fields.

The Ambassador thanked the Speaker for his remarks and said that he had received affection and cooperation from the Government and people of Pakistan during his posting in Pakistan. He said that government and people of Azerbaijan greatly value their friendship with Pakistan. He said that Azerbaijan and Pakistan share same views on various matter including Kashmir issue and would continue extending its support on regional and international foras. He said that legislature of Azerbaijan strongly desires to strengthen its ties with Pakistan through parliamentary cooperation.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - December 7, 2015

Islamabad; December 7, 2015: Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq chaired a meeting of the House Business Advisory Committee in Parliament House, this evening to discuss the business for the 27th Session of the National Assembly.

It was decided in the meeting that the Session of the National Assembly will continue till 18th December, 2015. It was further decided that the address of the President to the Joint Session of the Parliament would be taken up for discussion during the current session apart from question hour, calling attention notices and other legislative business.

The meeting was attended by Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence Production, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief Whip of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, MNAs; Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Shahjee Gul Afridi.


CPEC to prove a milestone in The Socio-Economic Development of the Region: Says Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - December 3, 2015

Islamabad; December 3, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistani and Chinese political leadership were determined to further consolidate all-weather and time-tested Pak-Chinese Friendship. The Speaker said that CPEC will provide a solid foundation to the socio-economic development in Pakistan and would prove to be a milestone in the development and prosperity of the region. He said that while talking to a Chinese delegation led by Mr. Wang Sanyun, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of Gan su Province who called on Speaker in Parliament House, this morning.

The Speaker said that the political leadership of Pakistan places considerable importance on the maintenance of an extremely close and cordial relationship between China and Pakistan. He said that China-Pak Friendship was all-weather and exemplary for the world. He expressed the need to further expand people to people contact and cultural & political exchanges which would indeed play a pivotal role in transmitting the rich traditions of our friendships to future generations.

He expressed his gratitude to the Chinese unwavering support to Pakistan for economic, energy, communication and infrastructure development sectors. He thanked for Chinese assistance for establishing solar Power Generation system at Parliament House terming it recognition of long standing relations between Pakistan and China. He said that Parliament of Pakistan would have the distinction of being the first Parliament in the region to go green.

Admiring the visionary Chinese Leadership, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the Chinese leadership has guided the Chinese economy to attain a remarkable level.  The Speaker said that CPEC would further expand the Pak-China relationship by providing it a solid foundation to the socio-economic development in Pakistan. The Speaker also apprised the delegation about the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC which would guide the government on monitoring and implementation of the projects.

Talking about the menace of terrorism and extremism, the Speaker called for global collective efforts for countering this challenge. He said that government was committed to eradicate terrorism through military Operation Zarb-e-Azb which will continue till extermination of last terrorist.

Mr. Wang Sanyun thanked the Government of Pakistan for hospitality extended to his delegation and praised the government for pursuing economic development in the country. He also commended the courage and resilient of people of Pakistan for showing commitment to continue the course of development and economic prosperity despite facing the challenges of terrorism and extremism. He briefed the Speaker on socio-economic development in the Province of Gan su and said that it was keenly looking forward to participate in the CPEC projects. He further informed that Gan su province is planning to host International Cultural Exhibition in 2016 and extended invitation to the Speaker to witness the event. He agreed that exchange of political, cultural and business delegations would further deepen the China-Pak relations. Mr. Sun Weidong, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan also accompanied the delegation.


Na Speaker And Acting Speaker Condemn The Incident Of Firing On Military Vehicle At Karachi - December 1, 2015

Islamabad; December 01, 2015. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting   Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the incident of firing on a military vehicle at Karachi today.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief over martyrdom of military personnel and term this incident inhuman act of militancy and extremism. They said that such cowardice act cannot deter the Government’s firm resolve against terrorism and extremism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in this tragic incident would not be spared and brought to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families.


NA Speaker meets Russian and Kazakh Speakers - November 27, 2015

Islamabad November 27, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met his Russian and Kazakh counterparts on sidelines of the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) being held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, today. Wide range of matters including enhancing bilateral relations between their respective legislatures was discussed in the meeting.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while talking to his counterpart Chairman Russian State Duma (National Assembly) Mr. Sergey Naryshkin underlined the need for enhancing parliamentary ties between National Assembly of Pakistan and Russian State Duma. The Speaker said that parliamentarians from either side could potentially contribute towards bringing both the countries more closer. He also paid his gratitude to the Chairman State Duma for arranging parliamentary dialogue on Security issues. He said that Parliamentarians need to discuss for addressing the critical issues of terrorism and extremism which were global threats. He also said that world major players should play their leading role in resolving global disputes.

Chairman State Duma Mr. Sergey Naryshkin said that Russian Duma also desires to strengthen its relations with Pakistani legislature. He congratulated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on his election as the Speaker. He said that terrorism was posing a serious threat to the global peace and security therefore parliamentarians should play their role in finding solutions. He agreed that finding solution for longstanding disputes was imperative for global peace. He apprised the Speaker about formation of Russia-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Russian State Duma.

Later, Mr. Kabibolla K. Jakupov, Speaker of the Mazhilis (House of Representative), Kazakhstan met Speaker National Assembly. While talking to the Kazakh Speaker, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Kazakhstan and wants to further them through regular interaction between the parliamentarians of both countries and enhanced economic cooperation. He invited Kazakh Speaker to visit Pakistan along with a parliamentary delegation.

Mr. Kabibolla K. Jakupov, Speaker of the Mazhilis thanked Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for his sentiments and agreed strengthening bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He said that presently the world and the Central & South Asian region were confronting numerous challenges which needed to be addressed through parliamentary discourse. He also underlined the need for resolution of international conflicts and disputes.


NA Speaker Calls for Global Legislative and Political Measures to Address the Challenge of Terrorism and Violent Extremism - November 26, 2015

Islamabad November 26, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called for global multi dimensional legislative and political measures to address the challenge of terrorism and violent extremism. He said that terrorism and extremism were posing severe threat to global peace and prosperity. He said that terrorism should not be associated with any religion, culture, or society. The Speaker was addressing the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) being held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, today.

The Speaker said that the rise of terrorism and extremism is directly related with conflicts and disputes and called upon the international community to pay urgent attention to address festering disputes and unresolved conflicts, aggression, foreign occupation and denial of the right of self-determination. He said that the religious, racial, and ethnic discrimination or persecution and economic disparities create polarization. He was of the view that extremists use these situations to lure youth into supporting their agenda. He stressed upon the international community to focus on countering the defamation of certain religions and communities, especially unfair and biased portrayal of Islam and Islamic beliefs is unacceptable and propaganda should not be allowed. He said that legislative measures should be adopted to prohibit insults to religions and to establish a clear distinction between free speech and hate speech.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Highlighting Pakistan’s role in eliminating terrorism and extremism, he said that a comprehensive approach against this menace was actively being pursued and consequently, legislation has been adopted by the Parliament to facilitate the prosecution of terrorists in the court of law.

He said that Pakistan’s parliament played a vital role in creating a consensus in society and all organs of state by adopting and implementing a multi dimensional National Action Plan consequent to the barbaric attack on a school at Peshawar in year 2014. As part of the plan, Pakistan has taken measures to curb violent extremism including ban on hate speech, steps against religious persecution and prevention of the use of social media for extremism and its glorification.

The Speaker reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to the fight against terrorism said that a law-enforcement operation against terrorists was launched and were exterminated. He further said that Pakistan is committed to intensifying international cooperation in the security, police, financial and other aspects to curb violent extremism and eliminate terrorism and terrorist groups and networks.  He said that Pakistan will continue to its efforts to eliminate terrorism.


Government Is Committed To Protect Women From All Kinds Of Violence: NA Speaker - November 24, 2015

Islamabad: November 24, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Government is committed to emancipate women and protect them from all kinds of exploitation and violence. He said that in his message on the International Day for elimination of violence against women being commemorated throughout the world on 25th November.

Speaker said that violence against women is a serious human rights abuse that needs to be eliminated through coordinated efforts. The violence against women- both physical and mental - happens everywhere and its consequences last for generations, thus, posing threats to social fabrics of societies around the globe.

He said that political forces are determined to make Pakistan a place where everyone has the same opportunities to participate in all walks of life with dignity and self-esteem. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan is fully aware of its responsibility to protect and guard the rights of women comprising more than half of the country’s population.

He said that women quota is 33% in government boards, whereas, their quota has been raised from 5% to 15% in government jobs ensuring greater participation of women. He said that centers for immediate response are being constructed across the country for women who are victims of domestic violence. The Speaker said that the formation of Women Parliamentary Caucus was the joint effort by the women parliamentarians and they are committed to play a key role in putting together all different areas around a common agenda to ensure protection and access of rights for women.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq call upon the civil society, NGOs, international development partners, media, corporate sector and particularly the women themselves to come forward and play their role for protection of women’s rights against violence.
 


Sheikh Nawaf Saud Nasir Al-Sabah Chief Executive (KUFPEC) Calls on NA Speaker - November 24, 2015


NA Speaker & Deputy Condoles the Death of Makhdoom Amin Fahim, MNA - November 21, 2015

Terrorism: Threat to Global Peace: Says NA Speaker - November 20, 2015

Islamabad; November 20, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has strongly denounced the recent terror attack in France. He termed the terrorism, a threat to the global peace and called for concerted efforts for eradicating it. He said this while talking to Ambassador of Romania Mr. Emilian Ion who called on him in Parliament House today.

The Speaker said that Pakistan values its 50-years old strong relations with Romania and wanted to further cement them through reinvogating parliamentary and economic contacts. He said that Pakistan-Romania relations are based on mutual goodwill and understanding as well as converging views on important global issues.

He said that National Assembly of Pakistan strongly desires to build broad-based, substantive and long-term relations with Romanian legislature. He underlined the need for bilateral exchange of Parliamentary delegations for further strengthening of Pak-Romania relations. He informed the Ambassador about the Parliamentary Friendship group in the National Assembly and asked for replicating the same in Romanian Legislature. He said that interaction between legislators from both the countries would provide them opportunities to exchange views and share experiences.  

The Speaker said that Pakistan and Romania possess enormous economic potential which needed to be tapped for mutual benefit. He said that investors from either side could collaborate in diverse fields including investment, energy, manufacturing, agriculture, science and technology. He invited the Romanian investors to take advantage of those huge investment opportunities in Pakistan. He asked the Ambassador to play his role in arranging interaction between Pakistani and Romanian investors, in that regard.

The Ambassador Mr. Emilian Ion appreciating the remarks of the Speaker said that Romania also considers Pakistan one of its closest friends and wants to further strengthen it through Parliamentary and economic cooperation and people-to-people contacts. He agreed that investors for both sides could create ripples in the economic arena. He said that Romanian mission in Islamabad was actively pursuing the issue and has already arranged interaction between Pakistani and Romanian business communities and various pacts of cooperation would be inked.


Pakistan Abhors All Kinds and Manifestations of Terrorism and Extremism: NA Speaker - November 15, 2015


NA Speaker Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Paris - November 14, 2015


NA Speaker Greets Hindu Community On Deewali - November 12, 2015

Islamabad, November 11, 2015:Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has greeted the Hindus across the world and in particular Hindu community of Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of Deewali. In his message on the eve of jubilant Hindu festival of light and colors, he extended his warm wishes and said that this festival aims to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

On this occasion, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq paid tribute to Hindu community in Pakistan and said that Hindus in Pakistan have reflected strong commitment to their motherland and contributed in the development and progress of the country. He said that aside from social, educational and development sector, Hindus in Pakistan have rendered great services in the constitutional and political landscape in Pakistan as well.

He called for strengthening inter-faith harmony and tolerance in Pakistan and expressed firm resolve of the Government to continue fighting against religious apartheid and racial elements in the society.


Governor Punjab Felicitates NA Speaker - November 11, 2015

Islamabad, November 11, 2015: Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, Islamabad today. Matters pertaining to parliamentary affairs, political and economic matters and issues of mutual interests were discussed in the meeting. Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi was also present at the occasion.



Congratulating Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for his re-election, Governor Punjab said that his re-election as Speaker National Assembly by overwhelming majority of the legislature reflects highest regard and trust in his persona as the custodian of house by the Parliament and also tantamount to a tribute to his services rendered for strengthening of democracy in the country. He expressed his confidence that Sardar Ayaz Sadiq would continue to flourish democratic norms through his conduct by exhibiting impartiality and neutrality irrespective of political affiliations.

Speaker Natiional Assembly expressed his gratitude for the kind words and apprised the Governor about the legislating business and other parliamentary affairs of the House. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that he always endeavors to conduct the proceeding of the House in an unprejudiced and objective manner. He said that a vibrant opposition with constructive role is exhibiting dynamic performance in the House which reflects its commitment to democracy. He informed the Governor about the performance of Standing Committees of the National Assembly and expressed his commitment to enhance their effectiveness.


Pakistan Desires To Further Solidify Parliamentary and Economic Cooperation with Belarus:NA Speaker - November 10, 2015

Islamabad November 10, 2015:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq calls on the visiting Prime Minister of Belarus Mr. Andrei Kobyakov in Islamabad, today. Matters pertaining to mutual interest and economic and diplomatic cooperation were discussed.

Talking to NA Speaker, Prime Minister of Belarus expressed his desire to build congenial relations between Belarus and Pakistan through enhanced economic and diplomatic relations. He felicitated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for being re-elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan and said that his election by the voting of overwhelming majority of the legislature reflects highest regard and trust in his persona as the custodian of house by the Parliament and also tantamount to a tribute to his services rendered for strengthening of democracy in Pakistan
 

He said that Belarus legislature keens to cement its ties with Parliament of Pakistan. He said that Belarus and Pakistani business communities were in regular contact and has inked various agreements for mutual cooperation.  He stressed the need for regular interaction between Parliamentarians of both countries and said that parliamentary engagement could play a pivotal role to bring both nations closer. Premier of Belarus appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in combating terrorism and extremism in the country.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq observed that Pakistan-Belarus relations were becoming multifaceted and acquiring greater depth due to engagement of political hierarchies and business communities of both sides. He said that Pakistan considers Belarus a valuable friend and desires to further solidify parliamentary and economic cooperation with Belarus.

The Speaker said that constant engagement from either side has added depth to the existing relations and Parliament of Pakistan endeavors to strengthen the ties between the legislatures of two countries. He also called for diversification of the existing collaboration between both countries.


All resources will be made possible to rehabilitate the earthquake effectees - November 2, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Condemns The Bomb Blast At The Camp Office Of MNA, Sardar Amjad Farooq Khosa - October 14, 2015

Islamabad: October 14, 2015: The Acting Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has strongly condemned the bomb blast at the Camp Office of MNA,  Sardar Amjad Farooq Khosa in Taunsa Sharif, Dera Ghazi Khan.

In his statement, the Acting Speaker expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and sympathized with bereaved families. He termed it a cowardice and shameful act of terrorism and said that the elements involved in such activities were playing with the lives of innocent people and wanted to disrupt peace in the country. He was confident that the master mind of this heinous crime will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and for early recovery of injured.


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Lead NA Delegation To 133rd Assembly Of IPU Being Held At Geneva, Switzerland - October 14, 2015

Islamabad: October 14, 2015:  Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi   will lead a parliamentary delegation to the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) being held from October 17-21, 2015 at Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation will proceed to Geneva today.

The delegation comprises members of National Assembly of Pakistan that include Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Shabbir Ali Bijarani, Ms. Shirin M. Mazari, Makhdoomzada Basit Bukhari and Dr. Ibadullah.

The delegation will participate in the Assembly of the IPU and its related meetings. The delegation will also meet their counterparts from the IPU member states on sidelines of the Assembly and exchange views and experiences.

The IPU Assembly would conduct a general debate on the theme “The moral and economic imperative for fairer, smarter and more humane migration,” and additionally would converse upon the topic “Democracy in the digital era and the threat to privacy and individual freedoms”. The participants would also deliberate on reports of the standing committees on peace and international security; sustainable development, finance and trade; and on United Nations affairs.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among people and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. The IPU Parliamentary Assembly is held annually in one of the member countries. The venue and the agenda are decided in the preceding meeting of the Assembly.


NA Acting Speaker condoles the death of Gulzar Ahmed Khan and Syed Faisal Imam - October 6, 2015

Islamabad; October 6, 2015:  Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of former Senator Gulzar Ahmed and Syed Faisal Imam.

In his condolence message to Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan, the Acting Speaker paid rich tribute the political and social services of late Senator Gulzar Ahmed Khan. He expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the passing away of Senator Gulzar Ahmed Khan.   He prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his blessings on the departed soul and grant fortitude to him and other members of family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Acting Speaker also condoled the death of Syed Faisal Imam, younger brother of former speaker National Asse,bly  Syed Fakhar Imam.

In his condolence message to Syed Fakhar Imam, the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his brother.   He prayed Almighty Allah for the eternal peace of departed soul and grant courage to him and other members of family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Acting Speaker Condoles the Death of Justice (R) Javed Iqbal - October 3, 2015

Islamabad; October 3, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of Justice (R) Javed Iqbal.

In his condolence message to bereaved family, he expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Green Parliament Project Would Add A New Chapter To The Existing Cordial Relations Between Pakistan And China: Says NA Acting Speaker - October 1, 2015

Islamabad, October 1, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Pakistani and Chinese political leadership are determined to further strengthen all-weather and time-tested Pak-Chinese Friendship known to the world. He said that while chairing a high level meeting with Chinese delegation regarding Green Parliament Project at Parliament House, Islamabad today.

Acting Speaker said that establishment of 1-MW Solar Power Generation system by the Chinese Government is the first major project under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that reflects the continuation of Chinese resolve in supporting Pakistan in its socio-economic development. He said that this project would add a new chapter to the existing cordial relations between Pakistan and China. He praised the commitment and untiring efforts of China in this regard and said that Parliament of Pakistan would hold the distinction of being the first Parliament in the world to go green. He stressed the need for replicating the model in other government buildings to address the prevalent energy constraint. The Acting Speaker felicitated China on its National Day and expressed his wishes of continuous prosperity and development of China.

The Chinese delegates said that China attaches great importance to the maintenance of an extremely close and supportive relationship with Pakistan. They said that China-Pak Friendship is all-weather and solar power generation system for the Parliament of Pakistan would be a gift from China that will be a state-of-the-art development to be completed within shortest possible period and Chinese Embassy will take every measure to ensure the high quality of this project.

The meeting was attended by senior officials from both countries including First and Second Commercial Secretaries from Chinese Embassy and Additional Secretary Economic Affair Divisions and officers of National Assembly Secretariat from Pakistan.


Parliamentary Committee On CPEC To Meet On 15th September - September 10, 2015

Islamabad: September 10, 2015; 1st meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be held on Tuesday 15th September, 2015 at 11:00 am in Parliament House, Islamabad.  The meeting has been summoned for election of the Chairman of the Committee.

Acting Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi approved the constitution of the Parliamentary Committee on 9th September, 2015 in pursuance of motions adopted by the National Assembly and Senate and in consultation with the Honourable Chairman Senate and Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties.


NA Acting Speaker Streeses For Stringent Awareness Compaign To Sensitize The Masses Regarding Hiv/Aids - September 8, 2015

Islamabad September 8, 2015:  The Acting Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that HIV/AIDS was the issue of concern for whole world and this crippling disease was also spreading rapidly in Pakistan.  He said that ignorance was the major cause for spreading this fatal disease.  He stressed the need for stringent awareness campaign to combat HIV/AIDs.  He expressed these views while talking to UNAIDs team headed by Steve Kraus Director, Regional Support Team for Asia who called on him in Parliament House, today.

The Acting Speaker has said that Government has given high priority to prevention and control of HIV/AIDs in the country.  “It was honour for me to be a part of struggle for making Pakistan free from HIV/AIDs,” he said. He expressed his concern over growing rate of HIV/AIDs in Pakistan and vowed to make all possible efforts to sensitize the masses in this regard.  Recalling his meetings along with other Parliamentarian with the representatives of UNAIDS about finding way out to contain this fatal disease from Pakistan, he said that the members of the Parliament have shown keen interest to aware the masses about HIV/AIDs and effectively monitored the measures adopted by the hospitals to make the country free from HIV.  The Acting Speaker lauded the United Nations in their efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDs virus and expressed his gratitude to United Nations for under taking this noble work for humanity. 
 
Discussing Pakistan’s efforts to achieve developments goals, he informed the UN team members that the Parliament of Pakistan has transformed its agenda from Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has already constituted Parliamentary Task Forces at national and provincial levels for monitoring and evaluation purposes of steps taken to achieve these goals.

Mr. Steve Kraus, Director, Regional Support Team for Asia, highlighted issues related to HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and expressed his concerned regarding the current situation of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. He said that national leadership can play vital role to curtail this issue and assured all technical and financial support and cooperation of USAIDS to find way out for HIV/AIDS.  He appreciated the steps taken by the government of Pakistan to initiate community based testing for HIV/AIDs that will lead to treatment and prevention of the fatal disease.
 


National Assembly Pulls Back As Host Of The 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Parliament Of Pakistan Strongly Supports Kashmiris’ Right Of Self-Determination And Resolution Of Kashmir Dispute In Accordance With UN Resolutions - August 20, 2015

Islamabad; August 20, 2015: The National Assembly of Pakistan regrets to announce its decision to pull back as host of the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference as a consequence of the Emergency Tele-Conference of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which was held yesterday i.e. August 19, 2015.

It may be recalled that Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was unanimously elected as the President of the CPA in October 2014 in Cameroon on the occasion of the 60th CPC. It was also decided there that the next Conference of the 53-Member nations’ 178 parliaments would be held in Islamabad, Pakistan from September 30 – October 8, 2015.

On its part, Pakistan had agreed to host the Conference when Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was personally approached by the late Secretary General of the CPA Dr. William F. Shija. He had informed the Speaker of the Association’s difficulties in finding hosts for the annual conferences and had pleaded Pakistan’s Parliament to take up the responsibility. As an emerging democracy, Pakistan’s National Assembly had agreed to accept the request with a view to strengthen democracy, dialogue and cooperation among the developing countries of the Commonwealth.

However, at no point had the elected Parliament of Pakistan shown even a distant sign of flexibility on its principled and historic stand on Jammu & Kashmir. The unsettled dispute remains the flash-point for regional peace and stability and is very much alive on the United Nations’ agenda.There are outstanding UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir, which call for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices. The relevant UNSC Resolutions rule out any alternative to Plebiscite in Jammu &Kashmir as a possible disposition of this issue. In addition, the Parliament of Pakistan, especially the National Assembly has also passed numerous unanimous resolutions, calling for the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

It was in light of this that the President of the CPA, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq decided not to extend an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend the 61st CPC. This decision reflects the firm and unwavering resolve of Pakistan to remain committed to the Kashmirs’ right of self-determination in accordance with the Resolutions of the UN Security Council at all costs, even if it means sacrificing the opportunity of hosting the CPC.

Nevertheless, the Parliament of Pakistan whole-heartedly thanks the 115 branches of the total 178 parliaments of the 53 CPA Countries, including the 415 delegates and observers, who had already registered and confirmed their participation in the Conference. The Parliament of Pakistan hopes to host the friends and well-wishers of democracy and people’s right of self-determination as and when conducive environment prevails. It also thanks all Regions for understanding Pakistan’s principled stand.

Although the Parliament of Pakistan could not host the 61CPC, however this occasion has enabled Pakistan to once again highlight the Kashmir dispute as the unfinished agenda of the 1947 partition and remind the world community, especially the 52 countries of the Commonwealth, the plight of the Kashmiri people with a dire need for an amicable solution as per the aspiration of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Attack On Rashid Godil, MNA - August 18, 2015

Islamabad: August 18, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly deplored the attempt on life of MNA Abdul Rashid Godil.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their grave concern and shock over the attack, Abdul Rashid Godil seriously injuring him and loss of his driver’s life. They termed it cowardice and shameful act of terrorism and said that such ghastly attack could not deter fight against terrorism. They called for thorough investigation into the incident so that culprits behind this heinous act could be apprehended and brought to justice. They expressed their heartfelt grief over the loss of life of driver of Mr. Godil and prayed for speedy recovery of Abdul Rashid Godil.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn bomb blast at residence of the provincial interior Minister of Punjab - August 16, 2015


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Shujah Khanzada - August 16, 2015


Youth: Catalyst of changes in Political and Democratic System, Economic Wellbeing and Prosperity of the Country: says NA Speaker - August 12, 2015


Youth are capable to change the future of the country: Speaker N.A - August 11, 2015


National Assembly Of Pakistan Launches Strategic Plan - August 10, 2015

Islamabad, Monday August 10, 2015: The Honourable Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq launched National Assembly’s Strategic Plan (NASP) on Monday, August 10, 2015 at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS). The Plan spells out Hon’ Speaker’s vision of transforming the National Assembly into a more modern and more efficient, transparent and responsive institution that is in line with the most developed Parliaments in the world. The NASP was developed by a Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC) formed by the Hon’ Speaker with representation of MNAs from all major political parties.

MNA Marriyum Aurangzeb, an active member of SPOC, presented the salient features of NASP in a ceremony that was attended by Members of the Parliament, Ministers, Diplomatic Community and major international Donors. She elaborated the six main goals of the programme that feature Strengthening of Legislation; Ensuring oversight, transparency, accountability and judicious utilisation of time and resources; Safeguard the integrity and improve representative role of members; Introduce Structures reforms in Information Communication and Technology to increase efficiency of Parliamentary Business; and to strengthen the capacity of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services to make it into a premier training and research institute for Members and staff of the National Parliament, the four Provincial Assemblies and two Legislative Assemblies.

The Hon’ Speaker while addressing the ceremony stated that NA is fully committed to accomplishing the goals set forth in the NASP. He reiterated his resolve to improve the efficiency and quality of Parliament’s output and ensured that implementation of NASP will show high rewards in the coming days. He informed the gathering that implementation of priority actions of NASP have already been initiated which include hiring of dynamic Human Resource through the Federal Public Service Commission, to ensure transparency and excellence. These actions also include establishing a Legislative Drafting Counsel to facilitate quality legislation; to expand existing portfolios of the Public Relations and International Relations branches to ensure Parliament’s accessibility and transparency and support PIPS in their delivery of support to the National Parliament, Provincial Assemblies and Legislative Assemblies.

Commending the efforts of the SPOC, the Hon’ Speaker said that he congratulates all the Members of SPOC who contributed towards the development of NASP as a team of Parliamentarians, with the collective objective of strengthening and improving Parliamentary services, regardless of party affiliations.

The Hon’ Speaker also mentioned the contribution of the European Union for providing assistance in the process of NASP development and appreciated their commitment to the strengthening of democratic institutions in Pakistan.


National Assembly Set To Launch Its Strategic Plan 2015-2018 - August 9, 2015

Islamabad August 9, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will launch National Assembly Strategic Plan (NASP) 2015-2018 on Monday, August 10, 2015 at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad. The Ceremony will be attended by Parliamentarians, Representatives of the diplomatic community, intellectuals and media representatives.

This plan was made under the supervision of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who formed a Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC) with representation from all major political parties and to ensure sustainability and continuity of previous useful measures, key MNAs. He clearly demonstrated its vital need to continue all positive developments for the august body, regardless of political, leadership or affiliation.

The Speaker immediately after assuming his office, initiated reforms within the House. These reforms were aimed at moving away from the traditional piecemeal approach to a more holistic approach ensuring that the entire House, benefits from the reform process. The cornerstone of Speaker’s vision is to ensure that the National Assembly moves away from conventional working environment which is deemed to be outdated, to a more modern, more professional and automated form of working. The Speaker envisioned transforming the current National Assembly to an e-Parliament and to bring the NA at par with other developed Parliaments of the world. Information Communication and Technology (ICT) reforms are one of the six Goals that will be crosscutting through the five Goals that drive the Strategic Plan.

SPOC deliberated upon development of the National Assembly Strategic Plan (NASP) for 2015-2018 with the assistance of Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan (IP3) an EU funded Project and the Project Management Unit (PMU). The Committee did rigorous work to make this plan effective, successful and achievable. For this, strategic plans and literature of successful and progressive parliaments like UK House of Commons, Parliament of South Africa and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was reviewed and incorporated making it compatible with the practices of Parliament of Pakistan.

Six key goals were set under this strategic plan i.e. Strengthen all aspects of legislation making it effective and beneficial to the People of Pakistan; Ensure and oversight is enabled at all times and across all platforms particularly for Parliamentary Committees assuring transparency, accountability and judicious use of time and resources; Safeguard the integrity of the assembly by improving its representative role; Move from the traditional mode of working towards an automated e-parliament by undertaking structured reforms in Information Communication and Technology (ICT);Strengthen PIPS (Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services) into a premier training and research institute for Members and staff of the National Parliament and the Four Provincial Assemblies. 

To assure the implementation of set six goals priority actions are proposed to take including (a) the introduction of an independent professional service cadre within the Secretariat (b) establish a permanent Integrated Human Resource Management Unit, (c) transform the Project Management Unit (PMU) with additional responsibility to implement the Strategic Plan, (d) establish a Legislative Drafting Counsel (LDC)  (e) expand existing portfolios of the Public Relations and International Relations branches to include all aspects of dissemination and communications recommended in this NASP and (f) support PIPS in their delivery of support to the National Parliament and Provincial Assemblies.

The uniqueness of this Strategic Plan is that almost all interventions will be supported through existing studies and assessments that have been collated by the Project Management Unit (PMU). The PMU under the leadership of MNA Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb who tried her best ensuring that the Plan is realistic and achievable.

The working and implementation strategy of National Assembly Strategic Plan 2015-18 show high rewards in the days to come. It will improve the efficiency and quality of work of the House.


Parliament Of Pakistan Strongly Supports Kashmiris’ Right Of Self-Determination And Resolution Of Kashmir Dispute In Accordance With UN Resolutions, Inviting Jammu And Kashmir Assembly In CPA Conference: A Violation Of Un Security Council Resolutio - August 8, 2015

Islamabad August 8, 2015: Attention has been drawn to media reports that a meeting of Speakers of Indian Provincial and Federal Assemblies has called on the Parliament of Pakistan as host of the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) to issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. It is also been reported that the meeting inter alia also decided that in case,an invitation to the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) is not issued, Indian Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)would boycott the 61st CPC.

The 60thCPC, held in October 2014 in Cameroon, unanimously elected Sardar Ayaz  Sadiq, Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, as the President of the CPA and decided to hold the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Islamabad from September 30 – October 8, 2015. The Parliament of Pakistan as the host of the 61st CPC has made elaborate arrangements for hosting this important conference and the National Assembly, in consultation with the Senate of Pakistan, has laid out a comprehensive and elaborate plan for this important international parliamentary moot.

As a result thereof, 115 branches of the total 178 parliaments of the 53 CPA Countries, numbering 403 delegates and observers have already registered and confirmed their participation in the Conference. This also includes 27 legislatures of the total 32 member Assemblies of the Indian Region.

The Parliament of Pakistan had, however, decided that under no circumstances would the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly be invited to attend this event despite their membership of the CPA. It based this decision on the principled and historic stand of Pakistan that the Jammu & Kashmir issue is on the UN agenda, as an unsettled dispute since 1947. There are outstanding UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir, which call for the Kashmiris’ right to self determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices. The relevant UNSC Resolutions rule out any alternative to Plebiscite in Jammu & Kashmir as a possible disposition of this issue.In addition, the Parliament of Pakistan has also passed numerous unanimous resolutions, calling for the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

Pakistan upholds the right of people of Jammu & Kashmir to self determination in accordance with the Resolutions of the UN Security Council. As such, the Parliament of Pakistan cannot issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend this Conference, as it would be in violation of the UNSC Resolutions. Our position on this issue as such is rooted in international law and UNSC Resolutions.

The Parliament of Pakistan, nevertheless, looks forward to welcoming all invited Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to Islamabad for the 61st CPC and assures warm hospitality. The Parliament of Pakistan hopes that its position on this issue would be understood in the proper context and that CPA Members will help it host a successful Conference.


NA Speaker Commends Role Of Senate Of Pakistan For Creating National Harmony, Politicial Understanding And Cohesion - August 6, 2015

Islamabad August 6, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Senate of Pakistan has played a commendable role for creating national harmony, broad based political understanding and provincial cohesion since its inception. He said that unanimous adoption of 1973 constitution was a turning point in the history of Pakistan when entire political spectrum agreed to revert to the state’s original philosophy by conceiving a bicameral federal parliament. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while addressing Senate of Pakistan Founding Day commemorative function held in Parliament House, Islamabad this evening as Chief Guest.

While addressing the august gathering, the Speaker said that it was his pleasure to join the illustrious parliamentarians in marking this historic day which was surely a step forward in documenting the democratic history of Pakistan. He congratulated Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani for this initiative which will enable the youth to learn about their true inheritance.

He said that Senate of Pakistan in it’s over four decades of history, had evolved as an important institution where standard of debate has become a parliamentary bench-mark while the maturity of its members has brought sagacity to the institution of Parliament. The Speaker said that with the passage of subsequent amendments in the constitution of Pakistan, Senate has become more powerful in all maters of legislation, representation and oversight.

The Speaker said that Bicameralism was essence of a multi-ethnic, multilingual and multi-cultural federation which has helped the democracies around the world to become participatory and pluralistic instead of drifting towards the tyranny of majority. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan was envisaged as a federal parliamentary democracy by the Quaid-e-Azam but unfortunately the chosen path was discarded and the nation was put on a blind ally of authoritarian rule. He said that persistent denial of provincial autonomy and the consequential absence of the federating unit’s voice in the affairs of the state in over two decades of the country’s initial points towards the quest for meaningful democracy.

Apprising the audience about his initiative of launch of Parliamentary studies programme in universities, he said that it was a beneficial way to inculcate democratic culture in the minds of youth highlighting the history, struggle and importance of parliamentary democracy in Pakistan. “No text book educates young minds about those unsung heroes who struggled for people’s rights and democracy”, he said.

The Speaker said that Senate and National Assembly have always stood together for defence of constitutional rights and freedoms. He expressed his commitment to further cement this comradeship for making the institution of Parliament supreme as envisaged by the constitution of Pakistan.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi - July 29, 2015

Islamabad; July 29, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of mother of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources.

In their separate condolence messages to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


High Commissioner Of Brunei Darussalam Calls On Speaker National Assembly - July 29, 2015

Islamabad July 29, 2015: High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam H.E Dato Mahmud Saidin called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, this afternoon.

Referring to Brunei’s relations with Pakistan, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to strengthen them through enhancing cooperation in diverse sectors. He stressed the need for enhancing interaction between Members of the National Assembly and Shura of Brunei Darussalam for exchange of views and sharing experiences. He suggested for enhancing contacts between business communities for investment in manufacturing, food processing, exploration and fisheries sectors. The Speaker also extended invitation to Speaker Shura of Brunei Darussalam to visit Pakistan along with a delegation.

High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam H.E Dato Mahmud Saidin thanked Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for his remarks and said that his country also attaches importance to Pakistan being one of its brothers and an economic partner. He agreed that people to people and business contacts could add milestones in the brotherly relations between both the countries. He said that investors from Brunei would certainly like to take benefit of huge potential in Pakistan. He informed the Speaker about his intent to establish Brunei-Pakistan Friendship Association which will help cement relations between Pakistan and Brunei.


Continuation Of Democracy, Solutions To All Problems: Says NA Speaker - July 28, 2015

Islamabad July 28, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that continuation of democratic process in the country was the solution to all problems. He said all the political forces in the parliament were united to curb the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country. He said this in a meeting with a 5–member cross party Parliamentary delegation from United Kingdom led by Mr. Rehman Chishti, Member of House of Commons in Parliament House, this afternoon. The delegation comprised MPs Ms. Tasmina A. Sheikh, Ms. Hannah Bardell, Ms. Catherine West and Ms. Yasmin Kureshi.

During the meeting, strengthening of bilateral parliamentary relations, working of Parliament, its committee system and initiatives taken by the Speaker for restructuring of the National Assembly Secretariat came under discussion. The Speaker said that all the political forces strongly desire to strengthen democracy in the country. He said that issues of national importance were threadbare debated upon in parliament which served guidelines for the government to formulate its future policies.

The Speaker said that parliamentary diplomacy could play an important role in bringing nations more closer. He said that a cross-party Pakistan-UK Parliamentary friendship group in the National Assembly has been constituted under the convenership of former Speaker. He opined that frequent interaction between Pak-UK Parliamentarians will provide them opportunity to exchange views and share best parliamentary practices. He asked the Parliamentarians of Pakistan origin to help portray the true image pf democratic and peaceful Pakistan in the west.

The Speaker also informed the guest Parliamentarians about his initiatives for restructuring of the National Assembly, capacity building of its Members and staff. He informed them that work on the project of electrifying the Parliament Building through Solar energy was in progress and hopefully it would be completed by the end of this September. He appreciated assistance extended by British Council for conducting Young Parliamentary Internship program.

MP Mr. Rehman Chishti said that UK also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and desires to see a stable and prosperous Pakistan. He praised the resilience of Pakistani Nation while dealing with menace of terrorism and extremism. He said that Britain appreciates and supports democratic governance in Pakistan. The other Parliamentarians also individually appreciated the statesmanship of Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in managing the political crisis and protecting the interest of Parliament. They supported the idea of exchange of parliamentary delegations for sharing views and experiences. They said that their instant visit had provided them a chance to see the real Pakistan.


Government Resolute To Root out Terrorism From The Country: Says NA Speaker - July 27, 2015

Islamabad July 27, 2015: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that government firmly resolves to root-out terrorism and extremism from the country. He said that military action in the troubled area would continue till the last terrorist outfit is busted. He was talking to Mr. Stephan Hedley, Chairman of Board of Directors of US Institute of Peace who called on Speaker, National Assembly along with a delegation in Parliament House, this morning.

During the conversation, strengthening of bilateral parliamentary relations, working of Parliament, its committee system and parliamentary oversight on Executive came under discussion. The Speaker said that military interventions in the yesteryears disrupted political process in the country; however, he was confident that democracy would strengthen by the continuation of political process. He said that issues of national importance were bring debated upon in parliament, providing guidelines for the government to formulate its future policies.

The Speaker said that being a staunch supporter of parliamentary diplomacy, he had formed Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFG) with friendly parliaments. He said that discourse between members of the parliaments provide opportunity to them for exchange of views, share experiences and bring their respective nations more closer. He specially mentioned the active Members of PFGs with China, Afghanistan, India, UK and Germany who have been actively engaged with their respective colleagues.

The Speaker also informed the Chairman USIP about his initiatives for restructuring of the National Assembly, capacity building of its Members and staffers and conservation of Parliament Building on Solar energy. He paid his gratitude to the development partners who have expressed their keenness to assist him in his initiatives.

Mr. Stephan Hedlay said that US also considers Pakistan as one of its close friends and will always support socio-economic development in the country, He also acknowledged the sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in fight against terrorism and extremism. He agreed that continuation of electoral politics was the solution to all problems. He appreciated the visionary personality of Speaker saying that democracy will strengthen under his statesmanship. He supported exchange of parliamentary delegations between US and Pakistan for sharing views and experiences. He extended his support for capacity building of parliamentarians and parliamentary staffers.

 
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Felicitate Nation On Eid-Ul-Fitr - July 17, 2015

Islamabad July 17, 2015:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has extended his warm greetings to the Muslim Parliamentarians and fellow countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

In his message, Speaker National Assembly said that he felicitates his elders, brothers, sisters and children on the joyous occasion of Eid. “We are thankful to Allah Almighty who gave us the opportunity to keep fasts, offer prayers and help our needy brothers and sisters during the month of Ramzan” the Speaker said.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the Eid day brings happiness for us; however the true joy relates with taking care of the needs of our poor brothers and sisters and to include them in our pleasures. Our acts should help to smooth the social irregularities and promote the spirit of sacrifice, mutual harmony and fraternity. Only then we can provide strong foundation for the establishment of a welfare Islamic society, he said.

He said that on this day let us renew our pledge and pray for the prosperity and development of entire Muslim Ummah.   He prayed to Allah Almighty to guide all the Muslims to us chose right path and help them follow the true spirit of Islam and protect them from every evil. “May Allah help and protect us all. Ameen”,  He added.  The Speaker called upon the nation to stand united on every issue of national importance to overcome the challenges confronting to the country at present.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, the Deputy Speaker, National Assembly also congratulated the fellow Parliamentarian and Nation on auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan - July 10, 2015

Islamabad: July 10, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have expressed their deep sense of grief over the sad demise of Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, , Supreme Leader of AJK Muslim Conference and former President Azad Jammu Kashmir. 

In their separate condolence messages to his son Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to social and political services of Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan.  They said that Sardar shaib have rendered great services for the independence of Kashmir.  They termed his death a great loss for the whole country.   They said that his services will be remembered in annals of history and vacuum created by his death to difficult is fill for the long time to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Condoles The Death Of Saudi Prince Saud Al-Faisal - July 10, 2015

Islamabad: July 10, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of former Foreign Minister Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud Al- Faisal.

In his condolence message to Saudi Royal family, the Speaker paid rich tribute to the diplomatic services of the deceased Prince.  He said that Pakistan has lost true and sincere  friend by the death of Prince Saud Al- Faisal. He said that Prince Saud Al- Faisal has special affection for the people of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan consider this tragedy a personal loss.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the members of royal family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker express their grief over the death of Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan - July 10, 2015


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of sister of Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani - July 9, 2015

Islamabad: July 9, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of sister of Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and wife of Maj. ® Moin-u-Islam Bukhari, former Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat.

In their separate condolence messages to Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani and Maj. ® Moin-ul-Islam Bukhari, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to them and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. (Ameen)

 

 
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Grieved over Train Accident near Gujranwala - July 2, 2015


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Wife Of Zahid Hamid - June 29, 2015

Islamabad: June 29, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of wife of Zahid Hamid, MNA and former Minister of Law.
      
In their separate condolence messages to Zahid Hamid, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his wife. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. (Ameen)
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Newly Elected Chief Minister of GB - June 27, 2015

Islamabad: June 27, 2015:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have congratulated Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman on his  election as Chief Minister of  Gilgit Baltistan .
 
In their separate congratulatory messages to Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that his election as Chief Minister of GB was an evidence of trust and confidence of leadership and members of GB Legislative Assembly reposed in them. They expressed the hope that under his sagacious leadership the GB Government would work hard to lead the province on the path of progress and prosperity.   The Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed for his success during his tenure as Chief Minister GB.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Newly Elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker GB Legislative Assembly - June 26, 2015

Islamabad: June 26, 2015: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have congratulated Fida Muhammad Nashad and Jaffarullah Khan on their unopposed election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly,  respectively.

In their separate congratulatory messages to Fida Muhammad Khan Nashad and Jaffarullah Khan the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that their unopposed election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of GB Legislative Assembly was an evidence of trust and confidence of leadership and members of GB Legislative Assembly reposed in them. They expressed the hope that under their sagacious leadership GB Legislative Assembly would play more active role to strengthen the democratic norms and institutions in the Gilgit Baltistan. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed for their success.