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The Sitting of the National Assembly has been adjourned to meet again on Monday, the 12th December, 2022 at 5.00 p.m. |In pursuance of the powers conferred by proviso to rule 4 of the Parliament (Joint Sittings) Rules, 1973, the Honourable Speaker has been pleased to call a joint sitting on Tuesday, the 20th December, 2022 at 4.00 p.m. instead of Friday, the 18th November, 2022 at 4.00 p.m.
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Upon the invitation of NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf, Parliamentary Delegation led by the Chairman of Mazhilis of Parliament of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerlan Koshanov arriving in Islamabad on 11th December 2022 - December 9, 2022

The visit of the Chairman of the Lower House of Kazakhstan first of its kind in the history of Pak-Kazakhstan bilateral ties
 
Islamabad: 9th December; Upon the special invitation of the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf, a high-level Parliamentary delegation of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan led by Chairman of Mazhilis of Parliament of Kazakhstan Mr. Yerlan Koshanov is arriving in Islamabad on three days official visit on Sunday 11th December 2022.
 
It is pertinent to mention that both Pakistan and Kazakhstan enjoy cordial relations based on mutual values and shared economic interests. Kazakhstan, being an important country among the Central Asian Republics (CARs), exercises sizable influence within the CARs. The Parliament of Kazakhstan is also a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO). This visit would not only serve as a tool in promoting the scope of cooperation between the two sides but also supplement the endeavors of the governments in broadening and deepening the bilateral ties in order to transform them; into necessary people-to-people contacts.
 
The Year 2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both brotherly countries and this visit of the Chairman of the Lower House of Kazakhstan is the first-ever in the 30 years history of bilateral relations between both countries.
 
During its stay in Islamabad, besides meeting with the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf, Kazakhstan Delegation would also call on the President of Pakistan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Chairman Senate and Members of Pak-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Parliament House. The delegation will also visit historical and cultural places in Islamabad.
 
The Parliamentary delegation of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan comprises of Mr. Yerlan Koshanov Chairman of Parliament of Kazakhstan, Mr. Aigul Kuspan Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs, Defense and Security, Mr. Darkhan Mynbay Head of Kazakhstan-Pak PFG, Mr. Amanzhol Altai Member of Committee for Social and Cultural Development, Mr. Serik Yerunayev and Mr. Yedil Zhanbyrshin Members of Committee for Environmental and Natural Resources, Mr. Gaziz Kulakhmetov Member of Committee for Economic Reform and Regional Development, Mr. Renat Aitayev Head of Staff of Parliament of Kazakhstan.


Implementing National Security Policy requires political Consensus across political parties says NA Speaker - December 7, 2022

Achieving the goals of the National Security Policy key to the progress and development of the country says Federal Minister Murtaza Javed Abbasi

7th December 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Implementing National Security Policy (NSP) requires National and Political Consensus. He said that a political Consensus is the only way forward to achieve the goals of NSP. He expressed these views during his meeting with Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Islamabad today.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan has been facing the challan of the global Climate challenge as recent devastating floods have caused loss of lives and properties. He also said that in order to grapple with socio-economic challenges, the National consensus to implement the goals of NSP for achieving the goals of Food security, water Security and Prosperity of common people.

Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Parliament is the only platform where political Consensus can be developed. He also said that the progress and development of the country are interlinked with the consensus between political leaders / Political parties on National issues. He, further, appreciated the cooperation extended by the National Assembly Speaker in this regard.


Achieving SDGs pivotal to tackle global challenges says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - December 6, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

Directorate General Of Media
Press Release 
 
 
*Achieving SDGs pivotal to tackle global challenges says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf*
 
*Unanimous approach required to achieve SDGs for regional development: Convener SDGs Ms Romina Khursheed Alam* 
 
Islamabad : 06th December 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the world at present is facing challenges of  climate change, hunger, malnutrition, promoting and  quality education. He said that  it was  an opportunity  to re-assess the national and regional strategies toward achieving the SDGs. He also said that  unimaginable scale of loss and damage caused by unprecedented climate-induced floods has rendered more than ever the need of achieving SDGs. He expressed these views on the occasion of Plenary Session to  Review SDGs in South and South West Asia on the occasion of 25th Sustainable Development Conference in Islamabad today.
 
 He expressed the resolve  that National Assembly of Pakistan would  continue to perform a proactive role for introducing innovative parliamentary mechanisms.  He said that  the irreparable loss of precious lives and, destruction of property, infrastructure, roads, houses, schools, and basic health units by recent floods in Pakistan makes it imperative for the Parliament of Pakistan to support its people. He said that Pakistan has been successful in achieving success in Climate Diplomacy.
 
The Speaker  congratulated  Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Convener SDGs, for her proactive role  to further the cause of achieving SDGs. Convener SDGs Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam appreciated the Special focus of NA Speaker for putting the case of climate diplomacy. 
 
Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf  also congratulated  Mr.Abid Qayyum Sulheri, Executive Director SDPI, Dr. Rajan Sudesh Ratna Deputy Head of the South and South-West Office of UN ESCAP for successfully organizing  25th Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) in Islamabad.

ووٹرز ڈے منانے کا مقصد ووٹ کی اہمیت و افادیت اجاگر کرنا ہے، سپیکر و ڈپٹی سپیکر قومی اسمبلی - December 6, 2022

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ووٹرز ڈے منانے کا مقصد ووٹ کی اہمیت و افادیت اجاگر کرنا ہے، سپیکر و ڈپٹی سپیکر قومی اسمبلی


عوام اپنا حق رائے دہی استعمال کر کہ بہتر قیادت کا انتخاب کر سکتے ہیں، راجہ پرویز اشرف
 

اسلام آباد، 6 دسمبر 2022: سپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف اور ڈپٹی سپیکر زاہد اکرم درانی نے کہا ہے کہ ووٹرز ڈے مانانے کا مقصد عوام میں ووٹ کی اہمیت کو اجاگر کرنا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوری نظام میں ہر شہری کو اپنا حق رائے دہی استعمال کرنے کا حق ہوتا ہے، اور عوام اپنے ووٹ سے مثبت تبدیلی لا سکتی ہے۔ ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے عالمی ووٹرز ڈے کے موقع پر کیا جو ہر سال 7 دسمبر کو پوری دنیا منایا جاتا ہے۔


سپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ  اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کا آئین ملک میں بسنے والے تمام لوگوں کو حق رائے دہی کے ذریعے جمہوری قوتوں کو مضبوط بنانے کا مکمل اختیار دیتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک میں شفاف انتخابات کے ذریعے عوام کی امنگوں کے مطابق قیادت کا چناؤ کیا جا سکتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوری نظام کے تسلسل کے لیے ضروری ہے کہ اسمبلیاں اپنی آئینی مدت پوری کریں اور ووٹ کے ذریعے اقتدار کی منتقلی عمل میں لائی جاے۔ انہوں نے تمام سیاسی جماعتوں کو آپس کے اختلافات کو بھلا کر مشترکہ طور پر انتخابی عمل مزید فعال بنانے کے لیے اصلاحات لانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔


سپیکر راجہ پرویز اشرف نے کہا کہ جمہوریت عام آدمی کو ملکی معملات میں اپنا حصہ ڈالنے کا موقع فراہم کرتی ہے۔ ان کا کہنا تھا کے ملک میں جمہوری استحکام پیدہ کر کے ہم اس کو ایک ترقی یافتہ ملک بنا سکتے ہیں۔


اس موقع پر ڈپٹی سپیکر زاہد اکرم درانی نے کہا کہ ووٹ کی طاقت عوام کو ایک مخلص قیادت چننے کا حق دیتی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم اپنے ووٹ کے ذریعے ملک کو بہترین قیادت دے کر اسے ایک روشن مستقبل دے سکتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے میڈیا پر زور دیا کہ وہ عوام میں ووٹ کی اہمیت کو اجاگر کرنے میں اپنا کردار ادا کریں۔


Speaker offered heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Senator Begum Najma Hameed - December 5, 2022

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has visited the house of Senator Begum Najma Hameed, the former president of the women's wing of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. The Speaker offered Fatiha for the departed soul of Begum Najma Hameed. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to MNA Ms.Tahira Aurangzeb, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb and other members of the bereaved family.
The Speaker also paid tribute to the political and social services of the deceased. He said that Begum Najma Hameed was a sincere, poor-loving and dignified political leader. His services for democracy will always be remembered. He further said that the vacuum created by her death will not be filled soon.


Provision of All the Basic Necessities to the Visually Impaired Persons is the Top Priority of the Incumbent Government: Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly - December 2, 2022

Islamabad, 2nd December 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani have said that differently abled persons have immense potential when they are provided equal opportunities of employment and education,  they play  positive role in the progress of the country. They said that provision of inclusive opportunity to all sectors of the society is the chief  priority of the encumbant government. They expressed these views in their separate messages on the occasion of International day of Persons with Disabilities, which is  commemorated on 3rd December every year under the flag of United Nations.

On the occasion, the Speaker said that differently abled  people are proving themselves in all fields of life. He said that Saimma Saleem who got her sixth position in Central Superior Services exam (CSS) is currently serving as a permanent representative of Pakistan in the United Nations  in Geneva, who fought the case of Kashmir on behalf of Pakistan in the UN General Assembly session last year.  He stressed upon   the need to utilize the skills of differently abled  people to play a positive  role in the development of the country.

The Speaker said that the incumbant Parliament is taking all possible measures to resolve the challenges  faced by the differently abled persons. In this regard, the  proper legislation has been enacted first time in the history of Parliament, to address the challenges faced by them in different walks of life. He said that First time in the history, the Parliament building was  made accessible for differently abled people. In this regard, the constitution of Pakistan was also  converted to brail system to make it accessible for visually impaired people. Similarly, the website of the National Assembly has been made accessible to visually impaired and speech impaired persons. He said that ramps have been installed on stairs to make it easy for physically handicapped  people to move freely. He emphasized on the need to ensure strict implementation of the quota reserved for the physically challenged in government jobs.

The Speaker said that it is our responsibility to treat differently abled people with love and affection, without showing any pity upon them. “They need our support not pity,” he said.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani said that differently abled  people are rendering their services in every field of life and are playing a vital role in the construction and development of the country. He emphasized upon providing equal employment opportunities to the disabled persons. He said that if they are provided equal opportunities for employment and education, they can prove to be useful citizens of the country.


NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER CONDOLE THE SAID DEMISE OF FORMER PRESIDENT OF CHINA, MR.JIANG ZEMIN - November 30, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

Directorate General of Media
Press Release
 
 *NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER CONDOLE THE SAID DEMISE OF FORMER PRESIDENT OF CHINA, MR.JIANG ZEMIN*
 
Islamabad: 30th November, 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani extend heartfelt condolences to the people of China on the sad demise of the former President of China, Mr.Jiang Zemin. 
 
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that former President Mr.Jiang Zemin was a visionary leader who led China’s rise to economic power and played a meaningful role in further strengthening Pak-China ties.They also extended deep sympathies to the bereaved family on this irreparable loss.

NA Speaker pays tribute to martyrs of Pakistan Peoples Party on the 55th foundation day of PPP - November 30, 2022

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan People's Party offered countless sacrifices for the promotion of democracy in the country. He said that Pakistan People's Party has always worked as per the aspirations of the people and has always prioritized common people. He said "it is our responsibility to continue the mission of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Ms. Benazir Bhutto and deliver their message to every house". He expressed these views on Wednesday at kurri Road Rawalpindi while addressing the participants of the event organized on the occasion of the 55th foundation day of Pakistan People's Party.

The Speaker said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto founded Pakistan People's Party on November 30, 1967. He paid tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan People's Party and said that Pakistan People's Party is a valuable asset of the Workers' Party. He also said that the leadership of Rawalpindi Division has always given honor, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Ms. Benazir Bhutto offered their lifes in the city of Rawalpindi. He said that the legacy of Pakistan People's Party will always be written in golden letters.

At the end of the ceremony, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf also attended the cake cutting ceremony of the 55th foundation day of Pakistan People's Party.

Later on, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf also participated as chief guest at the PPP Workers Convent at E-11 Islamabad. While addressing the participants, he said "Today, those who are going to be the pioneers of democracy do not even know the alphabet of democracy. He also categorically said, "it was Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who empowered the people, who fought for common people." While paying tribute to struggle of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutoo and Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, he said they would be ever remembered in the golden letters of the country's history.


اسپیکر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا اورکزئی علاقے ڈولی میں کوئلے کی کان میں گیس دھماکے سے ہونے والے جانی نقصان پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار - November 30, 2022

اسلام آباد:30 نومبر 2022:   اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی زاہد اکرم درانی نے اورکزئی کے علاقے ڈولی میں کوئلے کی کان میں گیس دھماکے سے ہونے والے جانی نقصان پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار کیا ہے ۔

اسپیکر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے گیس دھماکے میں شہید ہونے والوں کے خاندانوں کے ساتھ دلی ہمدردی کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے اللہ تعالی سے  شہداء کے درجات کی بلندی کےلیے دعا کی ۔انہوں افسوس ناک واقعہ میں زخمی ہونے والوں کی جلد صحت یابی کے لئے بھی دعا کی ۔


NA Speaker thanked Speaker House of Commons Canada for Relocation of Canadian visa process centre from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad - November 29, 2022

Enhancing parliamentary cooperation essential for strengthening Pak-Canada relations

National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has expressed gratitude to Parliament and Government of Canada for acceding his demand of relocating Canadian Visa processing Centre from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad. He also expressed his hope that Parliaments of both countries would continue to make efforts for enhancing mutual ties between both countries. He expressed these views in a letter written to Speaker of House of Commons Mr. Anthony Rota today. 

It is pertinent to mention that Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf undertook an official visit to Canada in August 2022 for a Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held in Halifax. On the margins of the Conference, the Speaker Pervez Ashraf held bilateral meetings with the Speakers of the House of Commons and Senate of Canada to discuss the possible avenues for advancing cooperation between the two sides. 

During the meetings, the Speaker of Pakistan urged his Canadian counterparts to relocate their Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Pakistan from Abu Dhabi as it would not only facilitate the Pakistani diaspora in Canada and Pakistani citizens visiting Canada, but also tremendously reduce the visa processing duration. The Canadian Presiding Officers assured the Speaker of Pakistan that they would take up the matter with their government and play their due role in making the arrangement possible. 

As a result of the successful parliamentary diplomacy by the Speaker and delegation of Pakistan, the Canadian government has now decided to move its Visa Application Centre to Pakistan. The relocation of the visa office to Islamabad will not only enable Canadian in Immigration officials to ascertain the credentials of applications within Pakistan but also reduce the processing time of the visa applications.


Reopening of Canadian Visa Centre in Islamabad manifestation of successful parliamentary efforts - November 28, 2022

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf undertook an official visit to Canada in August 2022 for a Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held in Halifax. On the margins of the Conference, the Speaker Pervez Ashraf held bilateral meetings with the Speakers of the House of Commons and Senate of Canada to discuss the possible avenues for advancing cooperation between the two sides. 

During the meetings, the Speaker of Pakistan urged his Canadian counterparts to relocate their Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Pakistan from Abu Dhabi as it would not only facilitate the Pakistani diaspora in Canada and Pakistani citizens visiting Canada, but also tremendously reduce the visa processing duration. The Canadian Presiding Officers assured the Speaker of Pakistan that they would take up the matter with their government and play their due role in making the arrangement possible. 

As a result of the successful parliamentary diplomacy by the Speaker and delegation of Pakistan, the Canadian government has now decided to move its Visa Application Centre to Pakistan. The relocation of the visa office to Islamabad will not only enable Canadian Immigration officials to ascertain the credentials of applications within Pakistan but also reduce the processing time of the visa applications. The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan has also written letters of thanks to his Canadian Counterparts for their expeditious action on the matter.


دنیا میں پائیدار امن کے قیام کے لیے مسئلہ فلسطین سمیت تمام تصفیہ طلب معاملات کا منصفانہ حل ضروری ہے ، سپیکر و ڈپٹی سپیکر قومی اسمبلی  - November 28, 2022

 

 پاکستان علاقائی و عالمی فورم  پر مسئلہ فلسطین کو  اقوام متحدہ کی قرار دادوں کے مطابق حل کرنے کیلئے  فلسطینی عوام کی اخلاقی ،سفارتی اور سیاسی  حمایت جاری رکھے گا،  راجہ پرویز اشرف
 
اسلام آباد، 28 نومبر 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف اور ڈپٹی سپیکر زاہد اکرم درانی نے  یوم اظہار یکجہتی فلسطین  جو ہر سال 29 نومبر کو  اقوام متحدہ کے زیر اہتمام پوری دنیا میں منایا جاتا ہے کہ موقع پر فلسطینی عوام سے اظہار یکجہتی کرتے ہوئے  فلسطینی عوام کی حق خود ارادیت  کیلئے پاکستان کی غیر متزلزل حمایت کے عزم کا اعادہ کیا ۔ انہوں نے  کہا کہ پاکستان فلسطینی عوام کے 1967 سے پہلی والی سرحدوں اور القدس الشریف  کو اس کا دارلخکلافہ بنانے  کے مطالبے کی پرزور حمایت کرتا ہے ۔ یاد رہے کہ  یوم یکجہتی فلسطین اقوام متحدہ کی فلسطین پر 1977  کو منظور  کی جانے والی قراردادوں کے تحت منایا جاتا ہے ۔
 
 اسپیکر نے اسرائیل کی جانب سے  فلسطینی عوام پر ڈھائے جانے والے مظالم  کے خاتمے کیلئے  مسلم امہ کو  اپنی صفوں میں اتحاد پیدا کرنے کی ضرورت  پر زور دیا ۔انہو ں نے کہا کہ 29 نومبر 1947 کو اقوام متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی نے فلسطینی علاقوں کو  تقسیم کر کے  عرب مسلم ریاست  ، یہودی  ریاست اسرائیل  قائم کرنے اور ییرو شلم کو  اقوام متحدہ کے زیر کنٹرول رکھنے کی قرار داد منظور کی  ۔ 
 
 تاہم 1967 میں فوجی طاقت کے بل بوتے پر اسرائیل نے متعدد فلسطینی علاقوں پر  ناجائز قبضہ  کر  لیا  اور  ان علاقو ں میں سکونت پذیر فلسطینیوں   کو  بے دخل کر کے ہجرت کرنے پر مجبور کر دیا ۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ اسرائیل اپنے قیام سے آج تک فلسطینیوں کو ان کی آبائی سر زمین سے بے دخل کرنے کیلئے فوجی طاقت کے ذریعہ  نہتے فلسطینیوں پر مظالم ڈھاتا رہا ہے ۔ انہوں  نے کہا کہ آج بھی لاکھوں فلسطینی  ہمسایہ مسلم ممالک میں کیمپوں میں  زندگی بسر کر نے پر مجبور  ہیں ۔ 
 
 اسپیکرنے کہا کہ گزشتہ  کئی  دہائیوں سے فلسطینی اپنی آزادی  کے حصول کیلئے  جدو جہد کر رہے ہیں اور اس جدوجہد میں بچوں، بوڑھوں اور عورتوں سمیت  ہزارو ں نوجوان شہید ہو چکیں ہیں ۔  انہوں نے تمام مسلم ممالک کو فلسطین کی آزادی کے لیے آپس میں اتحاد قائم کرنے پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے اقوام متحدہ سے مطالبہ کیا کہ وہ اسرائیل کی طرف سے فلسطینیوں پر ڈھائے جانے والے مظالم کا سختی سے نوٹس لے اور اقوام متحدہ جنرل اسمبلی کی قراردادوں کے مطابق  مسئلہ  فلسطین کے پرامن حل کے لیے اپنا کردار ادا کرے۔
 
اس موقع پر ڈپٹی سپیکر زاہد اکرم درانی نے کہا کہ آج کا دن ہمیں 29 نومبر 1947 کی یاد دلاتا ہے جب اقوام متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی  نے  اس قرارداد کی یاد دلاتا ہے جس کی روشنی میں فلسطین اور اسرائیل مسلم اور یہودی ریاست کے طور پر معرض وجود میں   قائم کی گئی ۔ انہوں نے  1967 والی  سرحدوں کے مطابق  آزاد   فلسطین ر یاست کے قیام کا مطالبہ کیا۔ انہوں نے اقوام متحدہ   سے کہا کہ  وہ فلسطین کی آزادی اور فلسطینیوں کی وطن واپسی کیلئے اپنی قرار داد پر عملدرآمد کو یقینی بنانے کیلئے اقدامات کرے ۔

 


Women inclusion in decision making: economies grow, peace prevails & Nations flourish says NA Speaker; Empowered women makes every Nation prosperous and developed says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - November 24, 2022

NA Speaker inaugurated National Coordination Forum - online Portal for coordination among women Parliamentary Causes

Islamabad : 24th November 2022: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has  said that  Parliamentary democracies are the only  vanguards of human rights, gender equality and sustainable developments in a country. He said that women have have been at  the center of development agenda of SDGs . While recognizing the role of women in the development of Pakistan, he said that  Without integration of women in legislation, economy, and politics  Nation’s development remains a distant dreams. He expressed these views while addressing the participants  ocof the "National Conference of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus”  organized by Women Parliamentary Caucus ( WPC)  in Pakistan Institute of Parliament Serves ( PIPS)  today .

 The Speaker congratulated  Secretary WPC Ms. Shahida Rehmani for arranging a National Conference of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus as it is for the first time that such an effort has been made to gather Women Legislators from National and Provincial Assemblies under one roof. He said that Women have always worked dedicatedly towards bringing sustainable change in the lives of their fellow women and  they have always played an imperative role in strengthening inter-provincial ties.

While commemorating the determination of  Mohtamra Shaheed Benzair Bhutto, the Speaker  said that she  is a symbol of invincible women as  a he served as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that  She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority country.

         Secretary WPC Ms Shahida Rehmani during her welcome remarks highlighted the extensive role played by women Parliamentarians in the development of Pakistan. German Ambassador also said "Germany supports women empowerment as their inclusion & participation in decision making is essential for sustainable development & building peaceful societies", Equal voice creates opportunities for equality.

         Ms. Asiya Nasir President, Resilient Women Network highlighted the significant role of Women Parliamentarians in policy intervention to promote women_rights & enhance their participation for socio-economic development of the country.She acknowledged the tireless efforts of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Fehmida Mirza & all other Women Parliamentarians in strengthening democracy.
 MNA/Former Secretary WPC  Ms. Nafisa Shah  highlighted  WPC works on the principal of issue based affiliations.  MNA Ms. Kishwer Zehra while talking about gender discrimination and inequality proposed to establish more platforms to ensure significant representation of women in every sphere.
Senator Sana Jamali appreciated efforts of Speaker National Assembly & Secretary  WPC  for bridging gap between Federal & Provincial Assemblies to promote substantial role of women Parliamentarians & work together for betterment of women across the country.

The National Conference of Women's Parliamentary Caucus was attended by women Senators, Members from Federal and Provincial  Assemblies,  women intelligentsia and  women graduates from across Pakistan.


NA Speaker inaugurated National Coordination Forum - online Portal for coordination among women Parliamentary Causes - November 24, 2022

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Women inclusion in decision making: economies grow, peace prevails & Nations flourish says NA Speaker
 
Empowered women  makes every  Nation prosperous and developed  says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf
 
NA Speaker inaugurated National Coordination Forum - online Portal for coordination among women Parliamentary Causes
 
Islamabad : 24th November 2022: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has  said that  Parliamentary democracies are the only  vanguards of human rights, gender equality and sustainable developments in a country. He said that women have have been at  the center of development agenda of SDGs . While recognizing the role of women in the development of Pakistan, he said that  Without integration of women in legislation, economy, and politics  Nation’s development remains a distant dreams. He expressed these views while addressing the participants  ocof the "National Conference of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus”  organized by Women Parliamentary Caucus ( WPC)  in Pakistan Institute of Parliament Serves ( PIPS)  today . 
 
 
The Speaker congratulated  Secretary WPC Ms. Shahida Rehmani for arranging a National Conference of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus as it is for the first time that such an effort has been made to gather Women Legislators from National and Provincial Assemblies under one roof. He said that Women have always worked dedicatedly towards bringing sustainable change in the lives of their fellow women and  they have always played an imperative role in strengthening inter-provincial ties. 
 
While commemorating the determination of  Mohtamra Shaheed Benzair Bhutto, the Speaker  said that she  is a symbol of invincible women as  a he served as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that  She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority country.
 
Secretary WPC Ms Shahida Rehmani during her welcome remarks highlighted the extensive role played by women Parliamentarians in the development of Pakistan. German Ambassador also said "Germany supports women empowerment as their inclusion & participation in decision making is essential for sustainable development & building peaceful societies", Equal voice creates opportunities for equality. 
 
Ms. Asiya Nasir President, Resilient Women Network highlighted the significant role of Women Parliamentarians in policy intervention to promote women_rights & enhance their participation for socio-economic development of the country.She acknowledged the tireless efforts of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Fehmida Mirza & all other Women Parliamentarians in strengthening democracy.
 MNA/Former Secretary WPC  Ms. Nafisa Shah  highlighted  WPC works on the principal of issue based affiliations.  MNA Ms. Kishwer Zehra while talking about gender discrimination and inequality proposed to establish more platforms to ensure significant representation of women in every sphere.
Senator Sana Jamali appreciated efforts of Speaker National Assembly & Secretary  WPC  for bridging gap between Federal & Provincial Assemblies to promote substantial role of women Parliamentarians & work together for betterment of women across the country.
 
The National Conference of Women's Parliamentary Caucus was attended by women Senators, Members from Federal and Provincial  Assemblies,  women intelligentsia and  women graduates from across Pakistan.

British MP Ms. Yasmin Qureshi calls on Speaker NA Raja Pervez Ashraf at Parliament House - November 22, 2022

Islamabad: 22nd November 2022: Ms. Yasmin Qureshi, Member of Parliament (MP) from the House of Commons (UK)/ Co-Chair of the All Parliamentary Group for Pakistan, paid a call on National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf at Parliament House, today.

While discussing relations between the two sides the Speaker remarked that Pakistan and UK enjoy exceptional bilateral and parliamentary ties based on mutual respect and mutual cooperation. He said that continuous interaction between legislatures of both countries would further induce upward momentum in enhancing existing cooperation in diverse sectors.

While commenting on the parliamentary cooperation between the two sides, the Speaker shared “Pakistan-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group is very vibrant and playing its active role in strengthening bilateral relations”. Moreover, high-level parliamentary exchanges would further augment relations between the two sides.

Speaker also expressed gratitude to the UK parliament, its government, and particularly the Pakistani diaspora for their timely support during floods, continuously raising the issue of Kashmir, cancellation of the international debt of Pakistan in the wake of recent climate-induced catastrophe in the country, and on all other matters of bilateral concern.


NA Speaker constitutes an Executive committee to outline attainable goals for PIPS - November 21, 2022

Islamabad: 21st November 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has stressed to enhance the performance capacity of PIPS and its role to support legislators and their supporting staff. He said, "PIPS as an organization has evolved over the years as a supportive organization for Federal and Provincial Parliaments yet there is a need to improve its work" He stressed the need to keep on updating the PIPS in modern ways so that it can achieve its organizational goals. He expressed these views while presiding over the meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in Islamabad today.
The Speaker expressed his hope that PIPS would follow the directions of members of the Board of Governors as they are experienced and seasoned parliamentarians. He sought the suggestions of all members of the Board of Governors to enhance the organizational capacity of PIPS. As per suggestions of members of the Board of Governors, the President Board of Governors PIPS Speaker constituted an executive committee to outline the attainable goals of PIPS. He also recommended to form an advisory committee to enhance the performance of PIPS. The Speaker also stressed the need to gear up the plan for the establishment of the PTV Parliament.
The matters pertaining to the establishment of PTV Parliament, and Parliamentary study programmes conducted by PIPS were discussed. Members of the Board of Governors stressed on the need to enhance collaboration with public universities to make the young generation aware of Parliamentary procedures and their importance.  
While responding to the briefing regarding Developing E-Portal for Members Parliamentary, the members said that a mobile-friendly website is developed so that members can be informed timely.
The Young Parliamentary subject expert programme, the legislative council of experts constituted by PIPS, the Rationale for creating new posts, and the establishment of Parliamentarians Resource Centre(PRCs) at the provincial parliament were other matters which were deliberated in a committee meeting. The members expressed their displeasure over the allocation of the non- Research staff at Parliament centers.
The members of Board of Governors also stressed the need to review the performance targets of PIPS. They also sought details of MOUs signed by PIPS.
Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi appreciated the performance of PIPS and stressed the need to support PIPS staff so that PIPS can perform better.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, expressed dismay over the lack of research-based input for capacity building of parliaments. She also stressed to make PIPS an effective tool to assist Federal and Provincial legislatures.
The Board of Governors meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Sibtain khan Speaker Assembly Punjab. Mr. Kauda Babar Senator/Member, Mr.Dilawar Khan Senator/Member, Dr. Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur Senator/Member, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema MNA/Member, Ms.Wajha Qamar MNA/Member, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb MNA/Member, Mr. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah MNA/Member, Mr. Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani MNA/Member, Mr. Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan Secretary Senate of Pakistan, Mr. Tahir Hussain Secretary National Assembly of Pakistan.

 


Establishment of Damage and Loss Fund in COP27 reflective of successful Parliamentary and Foreign Diplomacy says NA Speaker - November 20, 2022

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Establishment of Damage and Loss Fund in COP27 reflective of successful Parliamentary and Foreign Diplomacy says NA Speaker

NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker extend  felicitation to Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Federal  Minister for climate change for their successful climate diplomacy

Islamabad: 20th November  2022: Speaker National Assembly  Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the establishment of a damage and Loss fund in COP27  is the first appropriate step to mitigate the devastating impacts of global climate change in developing countries. He said, "this Fund would support developing nations in tackling climate disasters." While recognizing the successful Parliamentary and foreign diplomacy of Pakistan for climate justice, he said the establishment of the damage and Loss Fund in COP27 Egypt justifies Pakistan's stance on climate justice and supporting developing countries.

It is pertinent to mention that it was the National Assembly of Pakistan that first moved the resolution for the creation of the "Global Climate Fund" at the IPU General Assembly Session held in Rwanda recently.

This resolution was titled “Creating a Global Fund/Financing facility for climate vulnerable Countries to Address Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change"

It is  also appropriate to mention that the Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf  also vehemently  put forth the case of Pakistan while attending the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada in August 2022

Furthermore, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf remained at the forefront to sensitize the Parliaments of Asia Pacific regarding the devastation on the occasion of the 3rd IPU Regional Seminar for the Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Sustainable Development Goals held successfully in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani applauded the efforts of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Federal  Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Federal Minister for Climate Change for their successful parliamentary diplomacy. They equated this as the first right step on behalf of the global community to mitigate the disaster impacts of climate change, especially in developing countries.


Ensuring the provision of basic rights to each child: a catalyst for the development of every Nation says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - November 19, 2022

Ensuring the provision of basic rights to each child: a catalyst for the development of every Nation  says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf

Let's pledge to ensure mainstreaming  of our children in every  socio-economic sector of Pakistan: NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker

1st ever Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights to focus child-centric legislation indicate pledge of present Parliament to protect children Says NA Speaker

Islamabad: 19th November 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that safeguarding the rights of children as enshrined in the Constitution of the country is the prime priority of the present Parliament. He pledged that no stone would be left unturned to protect each and every child of Pakistan as the bright future of the country is dovetailed with the secure presence of children. He expressed these views on the occasion of World Children's day which is celebrated on 20th November each year across the world.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the lives of more than 16 million children were devastated by flash floods. He said that they were deprived of basic facilities especially the health and education sectors were the worst affected.  He said that all efforts are being undertaken to rehabilitate these children's lives.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf also stressed the need to eliminate child labour, Child harassment, Bonded Labour, and the elimination of cases of Child trafficking. He also said that the provision of equal opportunities to all children is vital to ensure a bright future for the country.

it is pertinent to mention that it has been the concern of the Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf as the 1st ever children's Assembly Session was held on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Parliament House. In this session, the Children from each segment of society participated and they presented a resolution in the House. Subsequently, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf constituted the 1st Parliamentary Caucus for Child Rights in the National Assembly with the objective of legislating for the provision of basic rights to each and every child. The basic objectives of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights include child-centered legislation, advocacy and Oversight, and strengthening the National Commission on Child Rights.

Furthermore, a unanimous resolution presented by the Convener of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights was passed during the session of the National Assembly on 19th November 2022. While realizing the challenges faced by children, the House pledges to ensure the provision of basic rights, elimination of Child Labour, access to equal opportunities, and above all focus child-centric legislation.


Pakistani Nation chose Pakistan Peoples' Party in General elections on 16th November 1988 subsequently Ms. Benazir Bhutto was elected as 1st woman Prime Minister of Pakistan says Speaker NA - November 17, 2022

Islamabad, 16 November 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that 16th November is a memorable day in the political history of Pakistan when the Pakistan People's Party won the majority in the general elections of 1988, subsequently on 2nd December, 1988, the Shaheed Mohtrama  Benazir Bhutto was elected as the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was the first woman leader who led the Muslim nation on path of progress and prosperity.
Speaker National Assembly said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has rendered unforgettable services for stability of democracy, supremacy of constitution, rule of law and development of Pakistan and prosperity of people. He said that she is the real model of struggle and determination for all Pakistani women and following  her Pakistani women can lead Pakistan on the way of progress.
 


Pakistani Nation chose Pakistan Peoples' Party in General elections on 16th November 1988 subsequently Ms. Benazir Bhutto was elected as 1st woman Prime Minister of Pakistan says Speaker National Assembly - November 16, 2022

Islamabad, 16 November 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf  has said that 16th November is a memorable day in the political history of Pakistan when the Pakistan People's Party won the majority in the general elections of 1988, subsequently on 2nd  December, 1988, the Shaheed Mohtrama  Benazir Bhutto was elected as the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was the first woman leader who led the Muslim nation on path of progres and prosperity.

Speaker National Assembly said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has rendered unforgettable services for stability of democracy, supremacy of constitution, rule of law and development of Pakistan and prosperity of people. He said that she is the real model of struggle and determination  for all Pakistani women and following  her Pakistani women can lead pakistan on the way of progress.


NA Speaker commends minorities’ role in socio-economic uplift of Pakistan - November 15, 2022

• Inclusiveness & tolerance will further promote inter-faith harmony and brotherhood among citizens of the country: NA Speaker

• Minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan as enshrined in the constitution: NA Speaker

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the Constitution of Pakistan provides equal rights to citizens irrespective of caste, color, or creed. Parliament alongside the government always plays its part to safeguard the rights of minorities. He made these remarks in a meeting with notables from Christian Community, today at Speaker House, Islamabad.

He acknowledged & appreciated the commendable services of the Christian community in the overall progress of the country particularly in education, health, social welfare & promotion of inter-faith harmony. Speaker also lauded the community’s role in strengthening democracy and promotion of democratic values in the country.

While talking to the delegates which included Mr. Roekh Yousaf Bhinder, Leader at HT Church of England Liverpool Diocese, Kashif Nemat, President Christian Lawyers Association in Pakistan, Mr. Samuel Maksan, Chairman Implementation Minority Rights Forum & Mr. Samuel Payara emphasized upon propagating the positive image of the country. He urged them to highlight the landmark achievements of the state in protecting their rights and creation of equal opportunities for minorities in the country.

Speaker underscored that no country can progress fully unless it caters to the needs of all its citizens. He remarked that minorities in Pakistan are greatly satisfied with the state in comparison to minorities in our next-door neighboring country.


Including Pakistan in the list of 'Global Shield Funding Countries' in COP27; substantive achievement of Pakistan's Parliamentary diplomacy says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - November 15, 2022

Islamabad: 15th November 2022: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has hailed the decision and announcement at the COP27 Summit in Egypt for including Pakistan in the list of Nations ‘Path­finder Countries’  as Pakistan and other six countries will be the first recipients of ‘Global Shield Funding'. He termed this as a resounding success of the Parliamentary and Foreign diplomacy of Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention that it was the National Assembly of Pakistan that first moved a resolution for the creation of the Global Climate Fund at the IPU General Assembly Session held in Rwanda recently.

This  resolution was titled “Creating a Global Fund/Financing facility for climate Vulnerable Countries to Address Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change"

It is also mentioned that the Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf also vehemently put forth the case of Pakistan while attending the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada in August 2022.

Furthermore, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf remained at the forefront to sensitise the Parliaments of Asia Pacific regarding the devastation caused by floods on the occasion of the 3rd IPU Regional Seminar for the Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held successfully in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

The Speaker also applauded the efforts of the Parliamentary Delegation led by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani participated in the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Egypt.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker message on Iqbal Day - November 8, 2022

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NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker message on Iqbal Day

Pakistan’s progress lies in following Iqbal’s message of unity, patriotism, national spirit, self-awareness, knowledge, and dedicated efforts to achieve the very best in life. Pakistan is very much capable of achieving a distinct place in the comity of nations provided it truly follows Iqbal’s thought-provoking and pragmatic message to achieve success, remarked National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durani in their separate messages on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, which is being commemorated on 9th November every year.

The Speaker said Iqbal was truly a “Hero of the East” owing to his unmatchable vision to see and suggest pragmatic solutions to the problems faced by society and individuals. It was his farsightedness that led to the creation of a separate homeland for disgruntled Muslims of the subcontinent, under the able leadership of the great Quaid-e-Azam. He also stressed upon people to focus and maintain a balance between their spiritual and material needs as per the teaching of the Holy Quran to attain lasting success in both worlds.  

Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy also converge widely on the role of citizenry in nationhood and particularly that of youth to make untiring and continuous efforts to achieve greater goals in life. Today’s Pakistan demands unity in thought and action to make this country flourish and progress in line with the guiding principles of the founding fathers.

The Deputy Speaker remarked that Allama Iqbal was not a national hero but a universal figure. His philosophy and thoughts are appreciated widely across the globe. The Deputy Speaker further remarked that extremism and bigotry had no place in the Allama Iqbal scheme of things and he wanted the public to be moderate, peaceful, and enlightened. Keeping up with the vision of Iqbal, Parliament and the government is working towards a progressive, prosperous and inclusive Pakistan.

NA Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Leader of Opposition extend felicitation to Mr. Naveed Qamar on his election as President of Parliamentarians for Global Action - November 7, 2022

NA Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Leader of Opposition extend felicitation to Mr. Naveed Qamar on his election as President of Parliamentarians for Global Action; Election of Mr. Naveed Qamar as President of PGA indicates successful parliamentary diplomacy of president Parliament says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf

Islamabad : 7th November 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmed extend warm felicitation to Mr. Naveed Qamar on his election as President of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA).

In their separate messages, they said that the election of Mr. Naveed Qamar as President of PGA indicates vibrant and proactive parliamentary diplomacy of the present Parliament. They also praised the efforts of Parliamentary Delegation led by NA Deputy Speaker Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani participating in the annual Conference of PGA in this regard.

They further said that the election of Syed Naveed Qamar as President of PGA is a great honour for the country. They said that Syed Naveed Qamar is a senior and seasoned Parliamentarian and he is the first Pakistani Member of the Parliament who is elected as president of PGA. They were confident that Mr. Naveed Qamar would streamline Pakistan’s efforts for making climate diplomacy and peace as priority agenda on this international platform.

They prayed for his success during his tenure as a president of PGA.

It is pertinent to mention that Federal Minister for Commerce and Investment Syed Naveed Qamar has been elected as President of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) held in Argentina for a two year term.


Ensuring the safety of journalists vital for freedom of expression NA Speaker - November 5, 2022

Islamabad: 4th November 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has expressed deep shock over the abduction of Senior Journalist Syed Irfan Raza last night. He said, "It is highly deplorable that a professional and dedicated journalist was abducted." He expressed these views in a letter written to Journalist Syed Irfan Raza today.
The Speaker said that Journalist Syed Irfan Raza always remains steadfast and dedicated to his Professional duties. He also expressed thankfulness to Allah Almighty for the journalist's safe recovery and prayers for his safety.  
The Speaker stressed the need to investigate the matter thoroughly. While acknowledging the professionalism of journalists, he expressed the belief the ordeal that journalists went through would make them more strong and more steadfast in his cause.


NA Speaker meets with European Union Parliamentary Delegation: NA Speaker - November 4, 2022

Tackling climate change requires collective effort : NA Speaker

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that  Pakistan and European Union enjoy long-standing cordial relations based upon mutual trust and unanimity of views on important international challenges. He underlined  the need to enhance inter-parliamentary relations to further strengthen Pak-EU relations. He expressed these views during his meeting with Members of European Parliament (MEPs) Mr. Hervé Juvin and Ms. Virginie Joron in Parliament House Islamabad today.

The Speaker has said that disinformation has damaged Pakistan real image in the west. He said that Pakistan is a peace loving country. He said that dispelling this propoganda is vital to highlight peaceful image of the country. He said that Pakistan is   destined to be prosper as it is  developing in all socioeconomic sectors. 

While talking about the unprecedented floods in Pakistan, the Speaker said the country has suffered loss of hundreds of lives, destruction of infrastructure,  livestock and witnessed a livelihood crisis in the flood-affected areas. The Speaker appreciated EU and its member states for their immense support and humanitarian assistance for relief and rehabilitation efforts for the flood affectees in Pakistan.

Members of European Parliament Ms. Virginie said that they visited Pakistan from Gwadar to Kashmir and they  witnessed peace-loving people & beautiful Pakistan. She said that they have been in Pakistan since last week and this has absolutely changed their perception about Pakistan. She said that being member of EU Parliament , she would be in better position to reflect true image of Pakistan in Europe. Mr. Hervé Juvin talked about respecting and maintaining basic rights especially the right of  identity.

Later on, Members European Parliament also witnessed the session of National Assembly of Pakistan.

 


Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sustainable Development Goals Secretariat and Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) - November 3, 2022

On 3rd November, 2022, Sustainable Development Goals Secretariat and Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education-PAGE agreed to build cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on achieving SDG 4 (Quality Education for All) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality) in Pakistan.

This MoU was signed by the Member National Assembly Romina Khurshid Alam Convener of the National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs and the Executive Director of Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education-PAGE Ms. Fajer Rabia Pasha at the SDGs Secretariat. The signing ceremony was attended by team members of the SDGs Secretariat and PAGE, as well as Chairperson PAGE Board Ms. Farzana Yaqoob.
 
The partnership aims to work on key priority areas in relation to girl’s education and gender equality in all forms. The MOU focuses on the capacity building of the SDG sub-groups in technical and social areas, sensitizing Parliamentarians on all SDGs especially, the SDG 4 and SDG 5. Moreover, the MOU also focuses on organizing seminars and capacity-building workshops to raise awareness on women’s empowerment and the importance of education, especially technical trainings for women.


Global climate change the existential threat to humanity: NA Speaker - November 2, 2022

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Global climate change the existential threat to humanity: NA Speaker       
 
Islamabad: 1 November 2022;  Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that climate change is an existential challenge to humanity. He said that global cooperation is required to tackle the challenge of climate change and save humanity from its worst effects. He expressed these views during his meeting with the Head of the Asia and Pacific Department, Mr. Mirco Günter, the Desk Officer for Pakistan, Mr. Benjamin Reichenbach and the Country Director of Friedriech Ebert Stiftung (FES) Pakistan, Dr. Niels Hegewisch in Islamabad today.
 
Speaker National Assembly said that Pakistan and Germany enjoy cordial relations based on mutual trust and unanimity of views on important international issues. He said that these ties can be enhanced by increasing parliament-to-parliament exchanges between both countries. Speaker appreciated the Support of FES for its Parliamentary outreach programme, especially to the CPEC Parliamentary Committee of the National Assembly. He said that parliamentary outreach is essential to build the trust of the common people in this sacred institution.
 
While talking about the severe impacts of devastating floods in Pakistan, the Speaker said that Pakistan has lost billions of dollars of infrastructure and hundreds of lives due to these climate-induced floods to which Pakistan is the least contributor. He said that developed nations and global organizations need to come forward to support Pakistan and other developing countries. The Speaker also expressed his gratitude to the People and Government of Germany for their cooperation in the flood relief efforts in Pakistan.         
 
The Head of the Asia and Pacific Department FES, Mr. Mirco Günter extended his gratitude to Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf for his cooperation. He also apprised the Speaker about different programs of FES in Pakistan to support parliament and especially its recent program of Gender Budgeting in the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in the National Assembly. He said that the Gender Budgeting programme is to have gender equality and justice in Pakistan. He said that FES has been serving Pakistan since the 1980s and it would continue to support diverse programmes of social development in the country. He also presented a Photograph of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto with the leadership of the Social Democratic Party of Germany to the Speaker. The Speaker directed the National Assembly Secretariat to display this photograph in the Speaker's House.

NA Speaker Constitutes 1st ever Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights - November 2, 2022

Islamabad: 2nd November: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has constituted the first-ever Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights under the convenorship of Member National Assembly/Parliamentary Secretary on Law & Justice Ms.Mehnaz Akbar Aziz and MNAs, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khwaja, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Saad Waseem, Ms. Naz Baloch, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Asiya Azeem, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Muhammad Abubakar, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Mr. Mohsin Dawar as its members.

The Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights constituted in pursuance of unanimous resolution adopted by National Assembly during its session held on 20th October 2022. This resolution was adopted to ensure provision of fundamental rights to all Children as the bright future of the country is interlinked with growth and development of children. The resolution was tabled by MNA/Parliamentary Secretary on Law & Justice Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz.

It is also pertinent to mention that the first-ever Children Convention held in the National Assembly during the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the 1st Constituent Assembly, also adopted a resolution for the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights.


NA Speaker Rejects reference of Disqualification against Former President Asif Ali Zardari - November 2, 2022

Islamabad: 2nd November 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has rejected the question of disqualification filed against former President Asif Ali Zardari. It is pertinent to mention that the reference was filed by Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, also known as Zulfi Bukhari, which was received by the Speaker of the National Assembly some days ago. In the reference,  it was requested that former President Asif Ali Zardari be disqualified as a Member of the National Assembly under Article 62 & 63 of the  Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and it should be referred to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The Speaker rejected the reference under clause (2) of Article 63 of the Constitution and sent a copy of the decision to the Election Commission of Pakistan.


Vibrant And Strong Parliament Ensures The Prosperity Of The Nation : NA Speaker - October 31, 2022

Islamabad, 31st October, 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf graced the inaugural ceremony of the “9th National Parliamentary Development Course” (NPDC) organized by Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) for Parliamentary staff  of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Senate, Provincial Assemblies and Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

Addressing the course participants, Speaker remarked that Parliament ensures the prosperity of the nation. He added that strong Parliament is interlinked with the professionalism and vibrant role of their staff.

The Speaker said that the objective of this course is to develop and enhance the skills of Parliamentary staff so they can work with up-to-date and efficient oversight tools and techniques for the smooth running of the House business. He also said that all parliamentary staff are honoured to serve in the most sacred institution, which also renders them to be responsible for their work. 

Speaker advised the course participants to gain maximum advantage of this opportunity and work hard with dedication, commitment and professionalism. He also advised them to follow meritocracy as the norm in all organizations.

Speaker acknowledged PIPS for organizing the 9th NPDC and expressed hope that PIPS will continue to strive for excellence of human in provincial and federal legislatures.
Executive Director PIPS expressed gratitude to the Speaker for gracing the event. While briefing the participants about the course, he said that the basic goal of NPDC is to enhance the efficiency of Parliamentary staff so that they could assist the parliamentarians professionally.


Resolution of Kashmir issue imperative for stability and regional peace: NA Speaker/Deputy Speaker - October 27, 2022

Islamabad, October 26 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani have said that the people of Occupied Kashmir have made eternal sacrifices for the sake of independence. They said that the blood of unarmed Kashmiris would not go in vain and the day was not far when the people of Kashmir would see the dawn of freedom in occupied Kashmir through their struggle for their right to self-determination. They said that Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of partition of subcontinent without which lasting peace in South Asia is impossible. They expressed these views in their separate messages on the occasion of Kashmir Black' Day which is being observed on 27th October every year.

On this occasion, the Speaker said that this day reminds us of a great tragedy in the history of Kashmir, when Indian army illegally landed their forces in Kashmir and occupied the region. Since seven decades, the innocent Kashmiris are fighting for their independence.

The Speaker further said that thousands of children have been martyred in Occupied Kashmir for the last 75 years and thousands of incidents of desecration and rape of women have taken place. He said that the hands of the so-called democratic government of India were stained with the blood of thousands of Kashmiri martyrs. He urged the international community to take stern notice of the atrocities perpetrated by India in Kashmir and play its role in ending the ongoing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that resolution of Kashmir issue was essential for the establishment of lasting peace in the region. He called on the United Nations to play its role in finding a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance with Security Council resolutions.

Reiterating Pakistan's principled stand for the struggle of the Kashmiri people for independence, the Speaker said that Pakistan would continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination at every forum. He said that the present Parliament has passed several resolutions to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and to stop the atrocities committed by Indian forces in the Occupied Territories.  He said that the forcible occupation of Kashmir by India was against the moral values of a civilized society and the basic right of the people to self-determination.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani said that this day reminds us of the biggest tragedy in the history, when Indian forces illegally occupied Jamu and Kashmir. He said that the blood of innocent Kashmiris shall never go invain, and He expressed confidence that the Kashmiri people would soon see the dawn of independence and have a chance to breathe freely. The Deputy Speaker said that the Government and people of Pakistan have always stood by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters and would continue their moral, political and diplomatic support. He urged the international community to take stern notice of the atrocities perpetrated by India in Kashmir.


Development of country interlinked with growth of Business and Trade: NA Speaker - October 27, 2022

Islamabad: Speaker  National Assembly Raja Pervaz Ashraf has said that 27th October is the darkest day in history as Kashmiris were deprived  of their basic and fundamental right of  freedom. He said that in this age of democracy where provision of basic rights is the popular slogan yet the Kashmiris have been under Indian suppression and barbarity. He expressed these views on the occasion of Inauguration Ceremony of Minhas Corporation in Rawalpindi today.

He said that the world should abandon double standards and would support Kashmiris in their cause of self determination. He also said that Kashmiris are the bravest who are facing pallet guns attack daily yet they are determined and always raise slogan for their freedom . He said that their moment of freedom  is  unstoppable and this night of suppression would end sooner .
He also reiterates that Kashmir is unfinished agenda of Subcontinent partition.

After inaugural ceremony of Minhas Corporation,the Speaker said that growth of business and trade in the country would be a stabilizing factor for country's economy. He said that business growth is interlinked with honesty and dedication of traders.
Mr Ibrar Minhas Director Minhas  Corporation  expressed his gratitude to Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz for gracing this event. Meanwhile, The Speaker also paid visit to other business centre in the area for encouraging the traders and Businessmen.
 


*اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی سے فرانس کے لیے نامزد سفیر کی ملاقات* - October 25, 2022

اسلام اباد، 25 اکتوبر، 2022؛سپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے منگل کے روز فرانس کے لیے پاکستان کے نامزد سفیر عاصم افتخار احمد نے پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں ملاقات کی۔
 
اسپیکر نے عاصم افتخار کو بطورِ سفیر برائے فرانس تعیناتی کے لیے نامزد ہونے پر مبارکباد پیش کی۔ انہوں نے بیرونی ممالک میں تعینات پاکستانی سفراء کی خدمات کو سراہتے ہوئے اس اعتماد کا اظہار کیا کہ  فرانس کے لیے ان کی بطور سفیر نامزدگی پاکستان اور فرانس کے مابین تعلقات میں مزید اضافہ ہو گا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ عاصم افتخار احمد ایک تجربے کار اور باصلاحیت سفارتکار ہیں جو پاکستان کے بہترین مفاد میں خدمات سر انجام دیں گے۔ 
 
فرانس کے لیے پاکستان کے نامزد سفیر عاصم افتخار احمد نے ان کی صلاحیتوں پر اعتماد کا اظہار کرنے پر اسپیکر کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ملک کے مثبت تشخص کو اُجاگر کرنے کے لیے اپنی تمام تر صلاحیتوں کو بروئے کار لاتے ہوئے ہر ممکن کوشش کریں گے۔
 


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی سربراہی میں پارلیمانی وفد کی روزہ رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم پر حاضری - October 17, 2022

 قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

 ڈائریکٹوریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا

پریس ریلیز

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی سربراہی میں پارلیمانی وفد کی روزہ رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم پر حاضری

اسلام آباد، 15 اکتوبر، 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کی سربراہی میں پارلیمانی وفد کی روزہ رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم پر حاضری۔وفد نے روزہ رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم پر درود پاک کا نذرانہ عؑقیدت پیش کیا۔وفد نے ملک کی ترقی،  خوشحالی اور امت مسلمہ کی سلامتی کے لیے خصوصی دعائیں مانگیں۔روضہ رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم پر حاضری کے بعد وفد عمرے کی سعادت حاصل کرنے مکہ مکرمہ پہنچ گیا ہے۔قومی اسمبلی کی قرارداد کے مطابق ہر سال ربیع الاول کے مہینے میں پارلیمانی وفد روزہ رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم پر حاضری دینے کے لیے وفد کے شرکاء اپنے ذاتی خرچ پر عمرے کی ادائیگی اور روضہ رسول پر حاضری دیتے ہیں۔ وفد میں راجہ پرویز اشرف، نواز الائی، چوہدری فقیر احمد، مہر ارشاد احمد، سید فضل علی شاہ،محترمہ شہناز سلیم ملک، محترمہ شاہدہ اختر علی، محترمہ شگفتہ جمانی، محترمہ سائرہ بانو، مجاہد علی، خطیب جامع مسجد پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس حضرت مولانا احمد الرحمن بطور معلم اور سید حسین رضا زیدی خصوصی مندوب کے طور پر وفد میں شامل ہیں


PROVISION OF BASIC NECESSITIES TO THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE ; CHIEF PRIORITY OF THE ENCUMBENT GOVERNMENT, SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY - October 14, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

Directorate General of Media
Press Release
 
*PROVISION OF  BASIC NECESSITIES TO THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE ; CHIEF PRIORITY OF THE ENCUMBENT GOVERNMENT, SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY*
 
 
*WHITE CANE DEPICTS THAT VISUAL IMPAIRED PEOPLE NEED OUR SUPPORT BUT NOT PITY, RAJA PERVEZ ASHRAF*
 
Islamabad, 14 October 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy SpeakerZahid Akram Durani  have said that providing all basic facilities to the visually impaired people is the top priority of the encumbant government. They said that if visually impaired people were provided equal opportunities as  they can work better than the common people. They expressed these views on the occasion of White Cane Safety day, which is being commemorated on 15th October every year under the umbrella of United Nations.
 
On this occasion, the Speaker said that the visually impaired people have immense potential and when they are provided equal opportunities of education and employment, they can play their respective role in the progress of the country like an ordinary citizen. ۔ "The white cane is a symbol which depicts that  visually impaired persons do not need anyone’s pity  and this deprivation cannot stop them from moving forward," he remarked.
 
While commending the efforts of  visually impaired people in the society,  the Speaker said that these people were playing their role in every sector of the country. He said that the blind girl Saima Saleem is representing  Pakistan in the United Nations which is a testament to the fact that if  visually impaired people were given equal opportunities to work,  they could boost the image of the country.
 
The Speaker said that for the first time in the history of the country, the National Assembly had enacted legislation for differently abled persons so that their problems could be resolved. He said that the present government was taking steps to provide equal education and employment opportunities to differently abled people.
 
The Speaker said that for the first time in the history of the country, the National Assembly has taken important initiatives to provide facilities exclusively to the differently abled persons. He said that the Constitution of Pakistan has been formulated in Braille so that it can be made accessible to the visually impaired people. In addition, the National Assembly's website had  been made accessible to let visually impaired get full benefit of it.
 
The Speaker said that today is the day to reiterate the commitment that the incumbent government would  do its utmost to help the visually impaired and play our role in making them productive citizens of the country. He urged the people to help them instead of taking pity on them so that they could play their active role in progress and prosperity  of the country.
 
On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durani said that White Cane Day reminds us to provide all possible facilities to the visually impaired persons. He said that due to modern technology, blind people are also playing their role in the development of the country along with other citizens. He vowed to do his utmost to provide equal education and employment opportunities to the visually impaired individuals.
 
 
ڈائریکٹوریٹ جنرل آف میدیا
پریس ریلیز
 
 *بصارت سے محروم افراد کے حقوق کا تحفظ اور انہیں بنیادی سہولیات کی فراہمی موجودہ حکومت کی اولین ترجیح  ہے، اسپیکر و قائم مقام اسپیکر  قومی اسمبلی* 
 
اسلام آباد، 14 اکتوبر 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجا پرویز اشرف اور قائم مقام اسپیکر زاہد اکرم درانی نے کہا ہے کہ بصارت سے محروم  افراد کے حقوق کا تحفظ اور انہیں بنیادی سہولیات کی فراہمی موجودہ حکومت کی اولین ترجیحات میں شامل ہے۔ ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے سفید چھڑی کے عالمی دن کے موقع پر کیا جو ہر سال اقوام متحدہ کے زیر اہتمام  15 اکتوبر کو پوری دنیا میں منایا جاتا ہے۔
 
اس موقع پر اسپیکر نے کہا کہ بصارت سے محروم افراد بے پناہ صلاحیتوں کے مالک ہوتے ہیں اور  انہیں تعلیم اور روز گار کے یکساں مواقعوں کی فراہمی سے انہیں معاشرے کا کارآمد شہری بنایا جا سکتا ہے اور وہ ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی میں اہم کردار ادا کر سکتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ سفید چھڑی اس بات کی علامت ہے کہ بصارت سے محروم افراد کسی کے محتاج نہیں اور یہ محرومی انہیں آگے بڑھنے سے نہیں روک سکتی۔ 
 
اسپیکر نے بصارت سے محروم  افراد کی کاوشوں کو سراہتے ہوے کہا کہ یہ لوگ زندگی کے ہر شعبے میں بھرپور کردار ادا کر رہے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی بصارت سے محروم خاتون صائمہ سلیم اقوام متحدہ میں پاکستان کی نمائندگی کر رہی ہے ۔
 
اسپیکر نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی نے خصوصی طور پر اہل افراد کے لیے قانون سازی کی تاکہ ان کے مسائل کو حل کیا جا سکے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت خصوصی طور پر اہل افراد کو تعلیم اور روزگار کے یکساں مواقع فراہم کرنے کے لیے اقدامات اٹھا رہی ہے۔
 
اسپیکر نے کہا کہ قومی اسمبلی میں خصوصی طور پر اہل افراد کو سہولیات فراہم کرنے کے لیے اہم اقدامات اٹھائے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ آئین پاکستان کو بریل رسم الخط میں ترتیب دیا گیا ہے تاکہ بصارت سے محروم افراد تک اس کی رسائی ممکن بنائی جا سکے۔ اس کے علاوہ  قومی اسمبلی کی ویب سائٹ کو بصارت سے محروم افراد کے لیے قابل استعمال بنایا گیا ہے۔
 
اس موقع پر قائم مقام اسپیکر نے کہا کہ آج کا دن اس عزم کو دہرانے کا دن ہے کہ ہم بصارت سے محروم افراد کی ہر ممکن مدد کریں اور انہیں ملک کا کار آمد شہری بنانے میں اپنا کردار ادا کریں۔ انہوں نے عام عوام پر زور دیا کہ وہ ان افراد پر ترس کھانے کی بجائے ان کی ہر ممکن مدد کریں تاکہ وہ ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی میں اپنا فعال کردار ادا کر سکیں۔
 
 

 


موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے نمٹنے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کی قرارداد آئی پی یو کی جنرل اسمبلی کے اجلاس میں پیش - October 13, 2022

روانڈا کے شہر کیگالی سے موصول ہونے والی اطلاعات کے مطابق سیلاب متاثرین کی بحالی اور موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے نمٹنے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے بھیجی گئی قرارداد پاکستانی وفد نے انٹر پارلیمانی یونین (آئی پی یو) کی جنرل اسمبلی کے اجلاس میں پیش کردی۔ قرارداد سینیٹر فاروق ایچ نائیک نے پیش کی۔

آئی پی یو کی 145 ویں جنرل اسمبلی کا اجلاس کیگالی (روانڈا) میں منعقد ہو رہا ہے۔ اجلاس میں دنیا بھر کی 178 پارلیمانوں کے وفود شرکت کر رہے ہیں۔ 

  سینیٹر فاروق ایچ نائیک نے آئی پی یو کے جنرل اسمبلی کے شرکاء کو پاکستان میں حالیہ تباہ سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں سے آگاہ کیا۔ انہوں نے اجلاس کے شرکاء کو پاکستان کی جانب سے پیش کردہ قرارداد کی حمایت کی اپیل کی۔ قرارداد کی منظوری کی صورت میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے نمٹنے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کی راہ ہموار گی قرارداد کی اور ترقی یافتہ ممالک کی جانب سے ترقی پذیر ممالک کو موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے نمٹنے کے لیے فنڈز کی فراہمی ممکن ہوگی۔ فنڈز کے اجراء سے ترقی پذیر ممالک کو موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے نمٹنے میں مدد ملے گی۔

قرارداد پر حمایت حاصل کرنے کے لیے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے آئی پی یو جیو پولیٹیکل گروپس کے سفارتکاروں سے ملاقاتیں کیں۔ اسپیکر نے سفارتکاروں کو سیلاب میں گھرے ہوئے پاکستانی عوام کی مشکلات سے آگاہ کیا اور اپنے ممالک کی پارلیمانوں کو پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے بھیجی گئی قرارداد کی منظوری کے لیے حمایت کے لیے آمادہ کرنے کے لیے کہا۔رونڈا میں موجود پاکستانی پارلیمانی وفد نے بھی آئی پی یو کے ممبر ممالک کے وفود سے ملاقاتیں کیں اور آئی پی یو کی جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس میں پیش کردہ قرارداد پر حمایت کی اپیل کی۔


Minister for Power Khurram Dastagir meets NA Speaker - October 12, 2022


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے وفاقی وزیر برائے توانائی خرم دستگیر کی ملاقات۔

ملاقات میں ملک کی مجموعی معاشی و سیاسی صورتحال اور گوجر خان میں عوام کو توانائی کے حوالے سے درپیش مسائل پر تبادلہ خیال۔

پارلیمان عوام کا نمائندہ ادارہ ہے اور عوام کو پارلیمان سے بہت زیادہ توقعات وابستہ ہیں، اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی

پارلیمان عوام کو درپیش مسائل کے حل کے لیے موثر قانون سازی کر رہی ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

موجودہ حکومت کی بہتر معاشی پالیسیوں سے ملکی معیشت مستحکم ہوئی ہے، راجہ پرویز اشرف

 اسپیکر کا وزارت توانائی کی جانب سے ملک سے لوڈ شیڈنگ کے خاتمے اور سیلاب متاثرہ علاقوں میں بجلی کے انفراسٹرکچر کی بحالی کے لیے اٹھائے گئے اقدامات پر اظہار اطمینان۔

گوجر خان اور اس سے ملحقہ علاقوں کی عوام کو بجلی کے حوالے سے درپیش مسائل کو حل  کیا جائے اور بجلی کی بلا تعطل فراہمی یقینی بنانے کے لیے اقدامات اٹھائے جائیں، اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی

اسپیکر کا بجلی کے بلوں میں ریلیف فراہم کرنے کے  لیے شمسی توانائی اور توانائی کے دیگر قابل تجدید ذرائع سے بجلی حاصل کو ترجیح دینے کی ضرورت پر زور۔

ملک میں توانائی بحران اور دیگر مسائل پر قابو پانے کے لیے ملکر کام کرنے کی ضرورت ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

موجود حکومت عوام کو بجلی کی مد میں ریلیف فراہم کرنے کے لیے اہم اقدامات اٹھا رہی ہے، وفاقی وزیر توانائی

وزیراعظم محمد شہباز شریف کی ہدایت پر  بجلی کی مد میں عوام کو 55 ارب روپے کا ریلیف فراہم کیا جا چکا ہے، خرم دستگیر

حالیہ سیلاب کے دوران بجلی کا انفراسٹرکچر بڑی طرح متاثر ہوا، وزیر توانائی

سیلاب زدہ علاقوں میں متاثرین کو بجلی کی مد میں 10 ارب روپے کا ریلیف دیا جا رہا ہے، خرم دستگیر

وفاقی وزیر کی اسپیکر کو گوجر خان میں بجلی کے حوالے سے عوام درپیش مسائل کو ترجیح بنیادوں پر حل کرنے کی یقین دہانی۔


Longivity of relationship between Pakistan and Japan is testimony of true friendship and trusted partnership; NA Speaker expressed gratitude to Japan for assisting aid for the flood affectees in Pakistan - October 12, 2022

Wednesday, 12th Oct. 2022: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Mitsuhiro Wada called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf in Parliament House today. Matters pertaining to further Pakistan-Japan bilateral ties and worldwide climate change were discussed in the meeting.
 
The Speaker extended profound condolences over the sad demise of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said that the late Japanese Prime Minister made invaluable contributions to improving the Pakistan-Japan relationship. He also remarked that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Japan and acknowledged the valuable contributions made by Japan in supporting Pakistan’s development efforts over the years. He said that Pakistan-Japan bilateral relations have strengthened over time and would be further strengthened in the future through enhanced Parliamentary cooperation between the legislatures of both countries. He said that members of the vibrant Pakistan-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group established in the National Assembly of Pakistan were playing a pivotal role by building bridges of friendship and bringing Japan closer to Pakistan. He extended an invitation to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan to visit Pakistan.
 
Speaker while talking about the destruction caused by floods in Pakistan said that Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change despite being responsible for only less than one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. He appreciated Japan's emergency aid & grant for flood affectees of Pakistan and Japan’s overall support for the socio-economic development of Pakistan. He also expressed a desire to learn from Japan to efficiently tackle climate-induced disasters.
 
The Japanese Ambassador expressed gratitude to the Speaker for the hospitality & condolences. He also expressed solidarity with flood affectees & highlighted certain activities undertaken by Japan in Pakistan for the promotion of bilateral cooperation over the course of 70 years since 1954. He shared that the Parliament of Japan considers supplementary grants for flood-hit Pakistanis as a token of brotherhood & aiding each other in times of calamity. He also shared the letter by Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan letter to the Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan to express solidarity with people devastated by the flood.

 


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے جاپان کے سفیر متسوہیرو واڈا کی ملاقات۔

ملاقات میں دوطرفہ تعلقات کو مزید وسعت دینے سمیت باہمی دلچسپی کے دیگر امور پر تبادلہ خیال۔
 
 پاکستان جاپان کے ساتھ اپنے دوستانہ تعلقات کو بہت اہمیت دیتا ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی
 
 پاکستان میں سیلاب متاثرین کی فراخدلانہ امداد پر جاپان کے مشکور ہیں، راجہ پرویز اشرف

پاکستان اور جاپان کے دوطرفہ تعلقات وقت کے ساتھ ساتھ مزید مضبوط ہو رہے ہیں، اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی

دونوں ممالک کی پارلیمانوں کے درمیان پارلیمانی رابطوں کا فروغ ضروری ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی میں قائم پاک-جاپان پارلیمانی دوستی گروپ دونوں ممالک کو مزید قریب لانے میں فعال کردار ادا رہا ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

 سپیکر نے پاکستان میں سیلاب سے ہونے والی تباہی کے بارے میں جاپانی سفیر کا آگاہ کیا۔

 پاکستان ماحولیاتی تبدیلیوں کے اثرات سے سب سے زیادہ متاثر ہونے والے ملک ہے،اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

 عالمی سطح پر زہریلی گیسوں کے اخراج میں پاکستان کا حصہ ایک فیصد سے بھی کم ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

 عالمی سطح پر موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کے حوالے سے شعور اجاگر کرنے کی ضرورت ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی نے  145ویں آئی پی یو جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس کے ایجنڈے میں  موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کے حوالے سے قرارداد بھیجی ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

قرارداد کو ہنگامی ایجنڈے کے طور پر شامل کرنے کی درخواست کی ہے، اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی

قرارداد میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے ہونے والے نقصانات کے ازالے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کا مطالبہ کیا گیا ہے،راجہ پرویز اشرف

اسپیکر نے سفیر کو ان کی حکومت کی جانب سے پاکستان کی پیش کردہ قرارداد کی حمایت کے لیے کہا۔

اسپیکر کی جاپان کے ایوان نمائندگان کے سپیکر کو پاکستان کے دورے کی دعوت بھی دی۔

 جاپان کے سفیر نے جاپان کے لیے سپیکر کے تاثرات کو سراہا۔

 جاپان، پاکستان کو اپنا ایک قابل اعتماد دوست اور اقتصادی شراکت دار سمجھتا ہے،جاپانی سفیر

 سفیر کا پاکستان میں حالیہ تباہ کن سیلاب کے دوران قیمتی انسانی جانوں کے ضیاع پر تعزیت کا اظہار۔

 جاپان نے ماضی میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے مختلف آفات کا سامنا کیا ہے، جاپانی سفیر

سفیر نے ترقی پذیر ممالک کی جانب سے آئی پی یو کے 145 جنرل اسمبلی میں موسمیاتی تبدیلی کے مسئلے کو اٹھانے کے لیے سپیکر کی کوششوں کو سراہا۔

 جاپان عالمی موسمیاتی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے پاکستان کے مطالبے کی حمایت کرتا ہے، جاپانی سفی


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا گوجر خان میں پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے ذیلی کیمپس کے لیے کی جانے والی کوششیں رنگ لے آئیں - October 12, 2022


عوام کو تعلیم کے شعبے میں درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنا عوامی نمائندوں کی ذمہ داری ہے، اسپیکر راجہ پرویز اشرف

یونیورسٹی کے قیام سے خطے کے طلباء کو اعلیٰ تعلیم حاصل کرنے کے مواقع فراہم ہونگے، راجہ پرویز اشرف

اسلام آباد 12 اکتوبر 2022; اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کی صدارت میں پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے گوجر خان کیمپس کے حوالے سے جائزہ اجلاس پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں منعقد ہوا۔
اجلاس میں وائس چانسلر پنجاب یونیورسٹی پروفیسر ڈاکٹر نیاز احمد اور ہائیر ایجوکیشن کمیشن (ایچ ای سی) کے اعلیٰ حکام نے شرکت کی۔
اجلاس میں پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے گوجر خان کیمپس کے قیام سے متعلق امور پر تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔ متعلقہ حکام نے گوجر خان میں یونیورسٹی کے قیام کے سلسلے میں ہونے والی پیش رفت سے اسپیکر کو آگاہ کیا۔ اسپیکر نے متعلقہ محکموں کو گوجر خان میں پنجاب یونیورسٹی کی جانب جلد تعلیمی سرگرمیاں شروع کرنے کی ہدایت کی۔

اسپیکر راجہ پرویز اشرف نے کہا کہ گوجر خان میں پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے ذیلی کیمپس کا فوری آغاز ضروری ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ گوجر خان اور ملحقہ علاقوں کے طلباء کو اعلیٰ تعلیم کے سلسلے میں دیگر شہروں میں جانا پڑتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اعلیٰ تعلیم کے سلسلے میں طلباء کو درپیش مشکلات سے بخوبی آگاہ ہوں۔ عوام کو تعلیم کے شعبے میں درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنا عوامی نمائندوں کی ذمہ داری ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ طلباء کے مسائل کو حل کرنا میری اولین ترجیح ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ گزشتہ تین دہائیوں سے علاقے میں تعلیم کے فروغ کے لیے کوشاں ہوں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ یونیورسٹی کے قیام سے خطے کے طلباء کو اعلیٰ تعلیم حاصل کرنے کے مواقع فراہم ہونگے۔

اسپیکر نے مزید کہا کہ گوجر خان میں 100 ایکڑ زمین یونیورسٹی کے قیام کے لیے مختص کرائی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جی ٹی روڈ پر یونیورسٹی کے لیے مختص جگہ اعلیٰ تعلیمی سرگرمیوں کے لیے موزوں ہے۔ یہ جگہ جہلم، گوجر خان، میر پور، ڈوویال، چکوال اور دیگر ملحقہ علاقوں کے سنگم پر واقع ہے۔ گوجر خان میں یونیورسٹی کے قیام سے کشمیر، جہلم، چکوال، کلر سیداں سمیت پنجاب کے دیگر علاقوں سے تعلق رکھنے والے طلباء بھی مستفید ہوں گے۔
اسپیکر نے کہا کہ گوجر خان راولپنڈی ڈویژن کا اہم حصہ ہے اور محل وقوع کے اعتبار سے انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ راولپنڈی ڈویژن میں کوئی جنرل یونیورسٹی موجود نہیں یہ اپنی نوعیت کی پہلی یونیورسٹی ہوگی۔


Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation in Rawanda to garner support of IPU members for creation of global climate fund۔ - October 11, 2022

Islamabad: 11th october 2022; message received from Kigali  Rawanda; The  Pakistani Parliamentary delegation led by Federal Minister for poverty Alleviation  and Social safety Ms.Shazia Marri is currently visiting Rwanda for participation in the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related meetings scheduled from October 11-15, 2022. The 145 IPU Assembly carries a unique significance for Pakistan as the Parliament of Pakistan has proposed an emergency item titled "Creating a Global Fund (Financing Facility) for the Climate Vulnerable Countries to Address the Loss & Damage Associated with Climate Change" for inclusion in the agenda of the 145 IPU Assembly. The inclusion of emergency item in the 145th IPU General Assembly had been special focus of  Speaker National  Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf as he held the numbers of meeting  with diverse groups of IPU to garner their support for agenda of creating global climate fund.

In order to gather support for the Pakistan's proposal, the delegates from Pakistan participated in the Geopolitical Groups i.e. Africa Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin Americas & Caribbean (GRULAC) and the Twelve-Plus Group. All the Groups expressed solidarity with Pakistan during these testing times. The Members of the six Geopolitical Groups also assured their complete support to Pakistan towards the emergency item proposed by Pakistan. Besides, during the Consultative Meetings with the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) and the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), the membership of the PUIC and APA also expressed their all-out support towards the emergency item of Pakistan.

In addition to it, the delegation of Pakistan also held bilateral meetings with the delegations from Canada and Qatar to seek their support towards the emergency item proposed by Pakistan. During the meetings, the delegations not only expressed their condolences on the loss of precious lives and critical infrastructure but also offered complete support to Pakistan in its endeavors.

The decision on the adoption of the emergency item will be taken by the Governing Council of the 145th IPU during its meeting on October 12, 2022.
Besides, Federal  Minister for Poverty Alleviation  and Social Safety Ms.Shazia Marri, the Parliamentary delegation comprises of  MNAs Ms.Wajiha Qamar and Dr. Nisar Cheema.


روانڈا میں آئی پی یو کی 145ویں جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس میں شریک کرنے والے پاکستانی وفد کی کیگالی میں آئی پی یو کے جیو پولیٹیکل گروپس سے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے حمایت حاصل کرنے کے لیے ملاقاتیں - October 11, 2022

اسلام آباد، 11 اکتوبر، 2022: روانڈا کے شہر کیگالی سے موصول ہونے والی اطلاعات کے مطابق پاکستان کا پارلیمانی وفد جو بین الپارلیمانی یونین (آئی پی یو) کی 145ویں جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس میں جو 11 سے 15 اکتوبر 2022 کو منعقد ہو رہی ہے میں شرکت کے لیے روانڈا کے دورے پر ہے نے پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے عالمی موسمیاتی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے بھیجی گئی قرارداد کو ہنگامی ایجنڈا کے طور پر شامل کرنے کے لیے آئی پی یو کے رکن ممالک سے حمایت حاصل کرنے کے لیے مختلف اجلاسوں میں شرکت کی۔آئی پی یو کی 145 ویں جنرل اسمبلی کا اجلاس پاکستان کے لیے انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل ہے، پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی نے جنرل اسمبلی کے موجودہ اجلاس میں پاکستان میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ ہونے والی تباہی سے نمٹنے کے لیے ہنگامی بنیادوں پر ایمرجنسی ایجنڈا آئٹم کے ذریعے قراداد کی منظوری کے لیے سیکرٹری جنرل آئی پی یو کو خط ارسال کر رکھا ہے۔ خط میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ ہونے تباہ کاریوں کے ازالے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کا مطالبہ کیا گیا ہے تاکہ موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والی تباہی سے دو چار ترقی پزیر ممالک کی دادرسی کی جا سکے۔

اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی آف پاکستان راجہ پرویز اشرف نے اس سلسلے میں پاکستان میں تعینات تمام غیر ملکی سفارتکاروں سے ملاقاتیں کیں انہیں پاکستان میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والے جانی و مالی نقصانات سے آگاہ کیا اور آئی پی یو جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس میں پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی  جانب عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے پیش بھیجی جانے والی قرارداد کی حمایت کے لیے کہا۔  

 کیگالی میں موجود پاکستان کے پارلیمانی وفد نے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے بھیجی جانے والی قرارداد جو اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی کاوشوں سے آئی پی یو جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس میں ایمرجنسی ایجنڈا آئٹم کے طور پر شامل کی جا جائے گئی۔اس قرارداد پر حمایت حاصل کرنے کے لیے آئی پی یو کے مختلف گروپس سے ملاقاتیں کیں ہیں۔ وفد نے آئی پی یو کے جن گروپس سے ملاقاتیں کیں ہیں ان میں افریقی گروپ، عرب گروپ، ایشیا پیسیفک گروپ، یوریشیا گروپ، گروپ آف امریکہ اور کیریبین اور بارہ پلس گروپ شامل ہیں۔ ملاقاتوں میں ان آئی پی یو کے ان جیو پولیٹیکل گروپس نے پاکستان کے ساتھ یکجہتی کا اظہار کیا پاکستان کی جانب سے تجویز کردہ ہنگامی آئٹم پاکستان پر اپنے مکمل تعاون کا یقین دلایا، علاوہ ازیں وفد کے اراکین نے او آئی سی ممبر ممالک کی پارلیمانی یونین (پی یو آئی سی) اور ایشیائی پارلیمانی اسمبلی (اے پی اے) کے ساتھ کیں۔ان ملاقاتوں میں پی یو آئی سی اور (اے پی اے) کے رکن ممالک نے بھی پاکستان کے ہنگامی آئٹم کی تجویز کے لیے اپنی حمایت کا اظہار کیا۔

پاکستان کے وفد نے کینیڈا اور قطر کے وفود سے بھی ملاقاتیں کیں اور پاکستان کی طرف سے تجویز کردہ ہنگامی آئٹم کے حوالے سے ان کی حمایت کے لیے کہا۔ ملاقاتوں کے دوران ان ممالک کے وفود نے وفود نے نہ صرف قیمتی جانوں اور اہم انفراسٹرکچر کے نقصان پر اظہار تعزیت کیا بلکہ پاکستان کی جانب پیش کردہ ایمرجنسی ایجنڈا آئٹم کے ذریعے قرارداد کی منظوری پر اپنے مکمل تعاون کا یقین بھی دلایا۔

 پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے بھیجی جانے والی قرارداد کو آئی پی یو کی جنرل اسمبلی کے اجلاس میں ایمرجنسی آئٹم کے طور پر شامل کرنے کا فیصلہ  145 ویں جنرل اسمبلی کی گورننگ کونسل کے 12 اکتوبر 2022 کو ہونے والے اجلاس میں کیا جائے گا۔

آئی پی یو کی 145 ویں جنرل اسمبلی اجلاس میں قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے شرکت کرنے والے وفد میں وفاقی وزیر برائے تخفیف غربت اور سماجی تحفظ کی وزیر محترمہ شازیہ مری، ممبران قومی اسمبلی محترمہ وجیہ قمر اور ڈاکٹر نثار چیمہ شامل ہیں۔


کمیٹی اجلاس میں قومی اسمبلی کے رواں اجلاس کے ایجنڈے، دورانیے اور قانون سازی سے متعلق امور پر مشاورت۔ - October 10, 2022


کمیٹی اجلاس میں قومی اسمبلی کے رواں اجلاس کو 21 اکتوبر تک جاری رکھنے پر اتفاق۔

رواں اجلاس میں وقفہ سوالات، قانون سازی ، توجہ دلاو نوٹس کو زیر بحث لایا جائے گا، کمیٹی اجلاس میں فیصلہ

اجلاس میں حالیہ سیلاب اور دیگر عوامی اہمیت کے حامل امور پر بحث کرائی جائے گی،  

اجلاس میں وفاقی وزراء، مرتضی جاوید عباسی، سید نوید قمر،نوابزادہ شاہ زین بگٹی اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی زاہد اکرم درانی کی شرکت۔

اجلاس میں ممبران قومی اسمبلی ڈاکٹر فہمیدہ مرزا، خالد حسین مگسی، عبدال اکبر چترالی، رانا قاسم نون، چیئر مین پی اے سی نور عالم خان،انجینئر صابر حسین قائم خانی، محمد اسلم بھوتانی، اور  روبینہ عرفان نے بھی شرکت کی۔


آج سے میں اپنے آپ کو کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ (کورٹ) کا سفیر تصور کرتا ہوں؛اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی - October 9, 2022

آج سے میں اپنے آپ کو کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ (کورٹ) کا سفیر تصور کرتا ہوں؛اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

میر پور آزاد کشمیر 8 اکتوبر 2022اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے ہفتہ کہ روز کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کورٹ کا دور کیا۔اسپیکر نے کورٹ کے زیر اہتمام منعقدہ تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ میں چوہدری اختر کی شخصیت سے بہت متاثر ہوا ہوں اور اس پروقار تقریب منعقد کرنے پر میں چوہدری اختر اور ان کی ٹیم کو سلام پیش کرتا ہوں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ انسانیت کی خدمت دنیا و آخرت کا عظیم مقصد ہے۔اللہ تعالیٰ عظیم مقصد کی ذمہ دری اپنے خاص بندوں کو سونپتا ہے، انہوں نے کہا کہ جس انسان میں انسانیت کی بھلائی کا جذبہ پیدا ہو تو اللہ تعالیٰ اس کو اس مقصد میں کامیابی عطا کرتا ہے۔کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کورٹ میں آکر دنیا منفرد نظر آئی ہے اللہ ہ تعالیٰ نے ہمیں سب کچھ دیا ہوا ہے اگر ہمت کریں تو ہم اپنے مقصد میں کامیاب ہو سکتے ہیں، یتیم بچوں کی کفالت دنیا کا لاجواب جذبہ ہے یہ جذبہ ہر کسی کو حاصل نہیں ہو سکتا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ آج سے میں کشمیر ارفن ٹرسٹ کورٹ کا سفیر ہوں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ اللہ تعالیٰ سے دعا گو ہوں کہ وہ اس ادرے کو دن دگنی رات چوگنی ترقی عطاء فرمائے۔تقریب کے اختتام سے قبل وزیراعظم آزاد کشمیر کی جانب سے کشمیر ارفن ٹرسٹ کے لیے سو کنال اراضی کی زمین کی فائل اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی نے چوہدری محمد اختر کے حوالے کی۔

کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کورٹ کے بانی و چیئرمین چوہدری اختر نے کورٹ کے زیر اہتمام منعقدہ تقریب خطاب کرتے ہوئے انتہائی قلیل وقت میں سپیکر قومی اسمبلی تقریب میں شرکت پر شکریہ ادا کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ آج کا دن اہمیت کا حامل ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ آج سے 17سال قبل ہم نے کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کورٹ کا قیام جیسے عظیم منصوبے کی بنیاد رکھی تھی جس کے بعد ہم نے پاکستان اور آزاد کشمیر کے طول وعرض میں اس کو پھیلایا ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں سیلاب متاثرین کے بحالی اہم فریضہ ہے جس کے لیے کورٹ نے 3 سو ملین کا راشن تقسیم کیا ہے اور سیلاب متاثرین کے لیے 1000 گھر تعمیر کیے جا رہے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کشمیر میں برن سینٹر بنانے جا رہا ہے جو جدید سہولیات سے آراستہ ہو گا۔  
انہوں نے کہا کہ کشمیری عوام کو صحت کی سہولیات فراہم کرنا ہماری اولین ترجیح ہے۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ کورٹ میرپور میں جدید سہولیات سے آراستہ 500 سو بیڈ پر مشتمل ہسپتال بنانے جا رہا جو عوام کے لیے فری ہو گا۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ وزیراعظم آزاد کشمیر سے ہسپتال کی تعمیر کے لیے 100 کنال زمین الاٹ کی ہے۔چوہدری اختر نے کہا کہ تین سو ملین کی ایڈ کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کورٹ کو دینے پر میں پوری دنیا کے ڈونر کا مشکور ہوں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ انسانیت کے لیے جو کام کیا اس کام کے حصول میں اللہ تعالیٰ نے مجھے کامیابی عطا کی ہے۔کورٹ ہم  سب کا ہے ہمیں اس ادارے کو بہتر بنانے کے لیے آپ سب کا تعاون درکار ہے۔

سابق کرکٹر عاقب جاوید نے تقریب سے  خطاب ہوئے کہا کہ چوہدری اختر جیسے بندے اگر معاشرے میں موجود ہوں تو انسانیت خدمت سے محروم نہیں رہے گی۔انہوں نے کہا کہ انسانیت کی خدمت کا جذبہ انسان کو دوسرے انسان کے درد کا احساس دلاتا ہےاللہ تعالیٰ ہر انسان کو اس جذبے سے سرشار رکھے۔

لاہور قلندر کے مالک عاطف رانا نے تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ لاہور قلندر کشمیر ارفن ریلیف  ٹرسٹ کورٹ کے شانہ بشانہ کھڑا ہے اور کورٹ کے ایک ہزار گھر کو دو ہزار تک لے کا جانے کے لیے لاہور قلندر کا تعاون جاری رہے گا۔۔

چوہدری یاسین صدر پیپلز پارٹی آزاد کشمیر کا تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ کورٹ کے چیئرمین کو خراج تحسین پیش کرتا ہوں۔چوہدری اختر نے جس عظیم مقصد کے حصول کے کام کیا وہ آنکھوں سے دیکھا تو خوشگوار حیرت ہوئی۔انہوں نے کہا اس طرح کے سٹیٹ آف دی آرٹ کی طرز پر اتنا بڑا منصوبہ دل کو منفرد لگا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ
8اکتوبر 2005 کا زلزلہ کسی قیامت سے کم نہیں تھا۔ لیکن اس زلزلے کے بعد چوہدری محمد اختر پاکستان کے دوسرے عبدالستار ایدی بن کا آزاد کشمیر آئے اور انہوں نے اس عظیم مقصد کے حصول کے لیے اپنے آپ کو وقف کیا جس پر انہیں جتنا خراج تحسین پیش کیا جائے وہ کم ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کورٹ کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ سٹیٹ آف دی آرٹ پروجیکٹ ہے جس کی تعریف لفظوں بیان نہیں کی جا سکتی۔تقریب میں اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف، چوہدری یاسین، محترمہ نبیلہ ایوب سمیت پاکستان، آزاد کشمیر اور بیرون ملک مقیم پاکستانی تارکین وطن سمیت کشمیر ارفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کورٹ کے بچے، بچیوں اور علاقے سے تعلق رکھنے والے خواتین و مردوں کی کثیر تعداد نے شرکت کی


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کا فلاحی ادارے کشمیر آرفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ (کورٹ) میرپور آزاد کشمیر کا دورہ۔ اسپیکر کا یتیم بچے اور بچیوں کے ساتھ یکجہتی کا اظہار - October 8, 2022

 قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

ڈائریکٹوریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا
پریس ریلیز 
 
اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کا فلاحی ادارے کشمیر آرفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ (کورٹ) میرپور آزاد کشمیر کا دورہ۔
اسپیکر کا یتیم بچے اور بچیوں کے ساتھ یکجہتی کا اظہار
 
میرپور آزاد کشمیر، 8 اکتوبر، 2022؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے فلاحی ادارے کشمیر آرفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ (کورٹ) میر پور آزاد کشمیر کا دورہ کیا۔ کورٹ کے بانی اور چیئرمین چوہدری اختر، کورٹ کے کنٹری ڈائریکٹر ساجد دلاور خان اور ان کی ٹیم نے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کا کورٹ آمد پر پرتپاک استقبال کیا۔
اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کے دورے کا مقصد فلاحی ادارے کورٹ کے زیرِ اہتمام منعقدہ دعائیہ تقریب میں شرکت کرنا ہے۔ اسپیکر نے 8 اکتوبر کے زلزلے کے نتیجے میں یتیم ہونے والے بچے اور بچیوں کے ساتھ یکجہتی کا اظہار کیا۔ اسپیکر نے ٹرسٹ کے مختلف شعبوں کا دور کیا اور خصوصی اور کم عمر بچوں سے ملے۔ اسپیکر کورٹ کی زیرِ کفالت بچوں کے ساتھ گھل مل گئے۔
کورٹ آزاد کشمیر میں 8 اکتوبر کے زلزلے میں یتیم ہونے والے 500 بچوں اور بچیوں کی کفالت کی ذمہ داری نبھا رہا ہے جہاں انہیں تعلیم سمیت زندگی کی دیگر تمام سہولیات میسر ہیں۔ کورٹ کے زیرِ اہتمام ہر سال 8 اکتوبر کو ان یتیم بچوں اور بچیوں کے والدین کی مغفرت کے لیے دعائیہ تقریب کا اہتمام کیا جاتا ہے۔ اس تقریب کا مقصد زلزلے میں یتیم ہونے والے بچوں اور بچیوں سے یکجہتی کا اظہار کرنا ہے

Speaker National Assembly met Arab group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union - October 7, 2022

*NA Speaker seeks support of brotherly Arab countries for flood ravaged Pakistan*

Islamabad: 5th October 2022: Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said that countries & companies guilty of climate-induced devastations in Pakistan must fulfill their obligation of cutting carbon emissions & releasing pledged climate funds for climate-vulnerable countries. “Today it is Pakistan but tomorrow it can be another country”, he added.

The National Assembly Speaker expressed these views in his meeting with the Arab group of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), today, at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was held to *seek Arab countries’ cooperation for the Assembly’s proposal of a global climate fund* via the forthcoming 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda from October 11-15, 2022.
He said that climate tragedy in Pakistan resulted in colossal losses of lives and livelihood, which were beyond imagination. The calamity was not over rather it had outstretched in the form of diseases and food crises. Moreover, it has been negatively impacting the country’s economy, which has already suffered losses above 30 billion US dollars, remarked the Speaker.

He urged the Arab countries to back the  proposal of National Assembly for creation of a global fund by moving *an emergency item in the forthcoming IPU Assembly. "The proposal is to demand climate justice for Pakistan by extending judicious support for the flood-ravaged country,*"he added. He also appreciated the generous assistance received from brotherly Arab countries and further said that they always supported Pakistan whenever the need arose and hopefully would continue to do so in that case as well.

The Arab group expressed solidarity with the Speaker over the tragedy and assured to pass on the message to their respective governments and parliaments for backing Pakistan’s demand for climate justice. They agreed that climate change was one of the greatest challenges at the moment and required collective and sincere efforts from all stakeholders, particularly the big polluters. The Palestinian delegation appreciated the unequivocal support of Pakistan for furthering the cause of Palestinian freedom. The delegates from Jordan also expressed their gratitude to people of Pakistan and government of Pakistan for supporting Jordan especially during   war.

The meeting was attended by delegates from Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, United Arab Emirates & Yemen.


NA Speaker seeks support of brotherly Arab countries for flood ravaged Pakistan - October 7, 2022


 
 

Islamabad: 5th October 2022: Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said that countries & companies guilty of climate-induced devastations in Pakistan must fulfill their obligation of cutting carbon emissions & releasing pledged climate funds for climate-vulnerable countries. “Today it is Pakistan but tomorrow it can be another country”, he added.
 
The National Assembly Speaker expressed these views in his meeting with the Arab group of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), today, at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was held to *seek Arab countries’ cooperation for the Assembly’s proposal of a global climate fund* via the forthcoming 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda from October 11-15, 2022.
He said that climate tragedy in Pakistan resulted in colossal losses of lives and livelihood, which were beyond imagination. The calamity was not over rather it had outstretched in the form of diseases and food crises. Moreover, it has been negatively impacting the country’s economy, which has already suffered losses above 30 billion US dollars, remarked the Speaker.
 
He urged the Arab countries to back the  proposal of National Assembly for creation of a global fund by moving *an emergency item in the forthcoming IPU Assembly. "The proposal is to demand climate justice for Pakistan by extending judicious support for the flood-ravaged country,*"he added. He also appreciated the generous assistance received from brotherly Arab countries and further said that they always supported Pakistan whenever the need arose and hopefully would continue to do so in that case as well. 
 
The Arab group expressed solidarity with the Speaker over the tragedy and assured to pass on the message to their respective governments and parliaments for backing Pakistan’s demand for climate justice. They agreed that climate change was one of the greatest challenges at the moment and required collective and sincere efforts from all stakeholders, particularly the big polluters. The Palestinian delegation appreciated the unequivocal support of Pakistan for furthering the cause of Palestinian freedom. The delegates from Jordan also expressed their gratitude to people of Pakistan and government of Pakistan for supporting Jordan especially during   war.
The meeting was attended by delegates from Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, United Arab Emirates & Yemen.

Vibrant Parliamentary diplomacy can harness the challenges of global climate change says NA Speaker in a meeting with Australian High Commissioner - October 4, 2022

Islamabad: 04th October 2022; Australian High Commissioner   to Pakistan Mr. Neil Hawkins called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday, at Parliament House, Islamabad.  Both discussed means to enhance bilateral relation  and devising joint action plan to prevailing  climate crisis in Pakistan.

The Speaker while expressing satisfaction over the cordial relations between Pakistan and Australia remarked that both countries need to deepen the existing relations by increasing parliamentary interactions and economic cooperation that could benefit both countries in the fields of mutual interest. He added that the Pakistan-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group established in National Assembly of Pakistan was playing a pivotal role in promoting parliamentary diplomacy and enhancing parliamentary relations through parliamentary exchanges.

He expressed his desire to develop contact between business communities of both countries to tap the massive economic potential in Pakistan.

Speaker while talking about the unprecedented calamity caused by recent deadly floods in Pakistan said that National Assembly would move an emergency resolution in the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Rwanda on Oct. 11-15. He said the resolution aimed to present a forceful demand to developed countries to compensate for irreversible losses due to climate change in developing countries like Pakistan. He appreciated the Australian government's immense support for the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the flood affectees in Pakistan.

Australian High Commissioner said that Australia considers Pakistan one of its trusted friends and an important economic partner. He said that Australian investors were keen to invest in Pakistan’s markets for the benefit of people on both sides. He assured to extend his country’s leadership support to National Assembly’s call for the global fund through IPU to address the ongoing climate crisis in Pakistan.


Speaker Ashraf expands his climate diplomacy outreach to the African bloc of the IPU for the proposed global climate fund - October 4, 2022

Islamabad: 4th October 2022; Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday that the climate justice demanded judicious and timely provision of climate funds to developing countries. He also said that further delay in disbursement of pledged funds for adaptation and mitigation could result in irreparable damage to the cause of achieving a cleaner & greener world for all.

The National Assembly Speaker expressed these views in his meeting with the Islamabad based diplomats of the African Bloc of the Interparliamentary Union (IPU), at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was aimed to garner support of the IPU’s African Member Parliaments for the National Assembly’s proposal of creation of a global climate fund through a passage of resolution in the forthcoming 145th IPU Assembly in Rwanda from October 11-15,2022.

Speaker underscored that climate change was one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. He also said that it had played havoc in Pakistan; millions of people had lost their lives and livelihoods. “Today it is Pakistan but tomorrow it can be any other country”, he added. He stressed that  it was essential to sensitize the world about the existential threats faced by the developing nations both in Asia and Africa.

He remarked that the international community had come forward to support Pakistan but unfortunately there was more talk than action. He said that Pakistan was not asking for aid or assistance but her  rightful share. He raised the question of why Pakistan would bear the brunt of climate change, caused by the actions of big polluters. He said that developed nations had to take responsibility for their inability to cut their carbon emissions .

He also outlined that the National Assembly of Pakistan had proposed an emergency item in forthcoming 145th International Parliamentary union Assembly in Rwanda from October 11-15,2022. The proposed item would call for climate justice coupled with creation of a global climate fund for developing nations to combat climate induced catastrophes.

He mentioned that the National Assembly had already dispatched letters to all African parliaments with a request to back the Assembly's proposal, not only for the benefit of Pakistan but also for their own benefit as well. He urged the emissaries to play their due role in the struggle for climate justice.

 African Diplomats seconded the Speaker’s proposal and assured him to pass on the message to the leadership of their respective countries for further action. The dignitaries also highlighted how rampant climate changes in Africa in the form of higher temperatures, drought, changing rainfall patterns, and increased climate variability were impeding human development.

The meeting ended on an agreement that “climate change is a global problem and warrants global solution through collective efforts.” The meeting was attended by delegates from Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Somalia & Libya.


Chinese Envoy called on Chairman NA Body on Foreign Affairs - October 4, 2022

Islamabad, October 4th, 2022: The Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Nong Rong called on the Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mohsin Dawar and exchanged views on deepening cooperation and strategic convergences. Mohsin Dawar stated that a vibrant Pak-China strategic partnership and cooperation was indispensable to the peaceful political future of the entire region.

Mohsin Dawar thanked the people and government of China for supporting Pakistan’s efforts to combat the devastating effects of recent floods and support to Pakistan in times of economic distress. Mr. Nong Rong congratulated Mohsin Dawar on becoming the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and exchanged views on the formation of the National Democratic Movement as a political party. Mohsin Dawar stated the National Democratic Movement (NDM) strives to carve a political space and voice for the youth and women in a progressive Pakistan. He underlined the need for regular exchange between NDM and Chinese Communist Party.  Mohsin Dawar appreciated the central role of the Communist Party of China in China’s socio-economic development and political stability. He stressed that China’s remarkable development in recent years has presented the developing world with a roadmap to lift people out of poverty. He stated that China’s strategy to achieve broad-based economic growth without entangling in external disputes brought huge dividends of prosperity.

Mr. Nong Rong, referring to China’s assistance for flood relief operations, remarked that China would never forget its iron brother in times of distress and that China has emerged as one of the largest bilateral donors for Pakistan’s flood relief efforts. He stated that China and Pakistan were best friends and iron brothers who supported each other in times of challenges.  Mohsin Dawar stated that Pak-China technical, scientific, agricultural and industrial cooperation was crucial to Pakistan’s enduring quest for rapid industrialization, integration in the global value chains to boost exports and rive up inclusive economic growth.

Mohsin Dawar underlined the need to extend CPEC route to Ghulam Khan crossing and added that Ghulam Khan crossing, at the Pak-Afghan border point, is the shortest route connecting CPEC’s western route with Afghanistan, Central Asian States and beyond. Commenting on the importance of extending the CPEC route to Ghulam Khan, he remarked that the corridor would generate massive opportunities for economic development of the people in the peripheries. He termed their economic development critical to Pak-China shared dream of inclusive regional economic growth.

It was outlined that conflicts, war on terror and interventions derailed the region’s political stability conducive to shared regional economic development. The peaceful political future of the entire region requires a vibrant Pak-China strategic partnership and cooperation, Mohsin added.


Tackling climate induced emergencies necessitates global cooperation says Speaker Raja Ashraf - October 3, 2022

NA Speaker meets Ambassadors of Germany and Norway and calls for their countries' support for establishing the global climate fund

Ambassador of Germany Mr. Alfred Grannas called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf in Parliament House. While discussing the matters of common interest between the two nations, the Speaker said that relations between Pakistan and Germany are based on shared democratic values and multifaceted corporations. He said that Parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation between National Assembly and German Parliament Bundestag could further strengthen the existing bonds.

Speaker while highlighting the calamitous effects of climate change in Pakistan remarked that the recent flooding has submerged one-third of the country and left more than 33 million Pakistanis homeless. In this regard, the National Assembly of Pakistan has moved an emergency resolution in the Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU conference in Rwanda to underline the developed nations of the world to compensate for irreversible losses due to the climate crisis in developing countries like Pakistan.

German Ambassador expressed his solidarity with the flood affectees and assured his support to the National Assembly’s call for the global fund through IPU to tackle the climate crisis.

Later on, the Ambassador of Norway to Pakistan Mr. Per Albert Ilsaas also called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf. Various matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation, economic ties, and the recent flood situation in the country were discussed.

Speaker remarked that Pakistan considers Norway as its loyal friend and an economic partner and desires to further strengthen its existing bilateral relations. He also accentuated the need to expand cooperation and interaction between the parliaments and parliamentarians of both the countries for exchange of knowledge and experiences.

He also said that the National Assembly of Pakistan being cognizant of the sufferings of the flood effectees has proposed an emergency item for inclusion in the agenda of the 145th IPU Conference in Rwanda that will highlight the plight of flood-affected people of Pakistan. Speaker sought the support of Norway to Pakistan’s call for the inclusion of the flood crisis on the emergency agenda at the conference.

Norwegian Ambassador expressed grief over the unprecedented losses during the recent flooding in Pakistan. He highlighted that more than 39 thousand Pakistani diaspora in Norway has contributed greatly to the progress of the country. He also emphasized on reviewing bilateral business concerns to make it more profitable for both sides. He also assured his country’s support for National Assembly’s call for the global fund through IPU to tackle the climate catastrophe.

The meeting ended on a positive note with a commitment to continue cooperation on matters of mutual interest by addressing all impeding issues.


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے ڈپٹی قائد حزب اختلاف برطانیہ کی ملاقات - October 3, 2022

 


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے ڈپٹی قائد حزب اختلاف برطانیہ کی ملاقات

 ماحولیاتی تبدیلی سے پیدا ہونے والے چیلنجز کے حل کے لیے پارلیمانی سفارتکاری ناگزیر ہے، اسپیکر راجہ پرویز اشرف

 اسلام آباد، 03 اکتوبر 2022: اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے ہاؤس آف کامنز میں ڈپٹی قائد حزب اختلاف اور لیبر پارٹی کی ڈپٹی لیڈر انجیلا رینر اور ہاؤس آف لارڈز، برطانیہ کے ممبر لارڈ واجد خان نے سپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے ملاقات کی۔ ملاقات میں  پارلیمانی اور دو طرفہ تعاون کو بڑھانے سمیت پاکستان میں حالیہ تباہ کن سیلاب سے ہونے والے سماجی و اقتصادی نقصانات کے ازالے کو زیر بحث لایا گیا۔

 سپیکر نے پاک برطانیہ برادرانہ تعلقات پر اطمینان کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ برطانیہ پاکستان کا اہم اقتصادی شراکت دار ہے۔  انہوں نے ملکی معیشت اور سیاست میں پاکستانی تارکین کے تعاون کو سراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ دونوں ممالک کے درمیان موجودہ تعلقات کو مستحکم بنانے میں پاکستانی تارکین وطن  کا کردار کلیدی اہمیت کا حامل ہے۔

 سپیکر نے ملک میں حالیہ تاریخ کے بدترین سیلابوں کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں نے پاکستان پر منفی اثرات مرتب کیے ہیں جبکہ عالمی کاربن کے اخراج میں اس کا حصہ 1 فیصد سے بھی کم ہے۔  انہوں نے پاکستان میں سیلاب متاثرین کی حالت زار کو اجاگر کرنے کے لیے روانڈا میں 11-15 اکتوبر 2022 کو ہونے والی آئی پی یو کانفرنس میں ہنگامی ایجنڈا آئٹم پیش کرنے کے لیے قومی اسمبلی کے اقدام کے بارے میں بھی آگاہ کیا۔  سپیکر نے ترقی پذیر ممالک بالخصوص پاکستان کے لیے عالمی موسمیاتی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے قومی اسمبلی کے مطالبے کی حمایت کے لیے برطانیہ کی پارلیمنٹ اور اس کی حکومت کی حمایت طلب کی۔

 لیبر پارٹی کے ڈپٹی لیڈر کا کہنا تھا کہ برطانیہ پاکستانی عوام کو نہیں بھولا اور وہ پاکستان میں سیلاب متاثرین کی ہر ممکن مدد کرے گا۔  انہوں نے مشترکہ مفادات کے شعبوں میں باہمی روابط کو مضبوط بنانے اور دوطرفہ تعلقات کو وسعت دینے پر بھی اتفاق کیا۔ انہوں نے اس بات پر بھی اتفاق کیا کہ پارلیمانی رابطوں اور تعاون سے پاک برطانیہ دوطرفہ تعلقات کو مزید تقویت ملے گی۔  لارڈ واجد نے پاکستان تعمیراتی ڈھانچے کی تعمیر کرنے کے عزائم کا اعادہ کیا اور سلسلے میں اپنے ہر ممکن تعاون کی یقین دہانی کرائی۔


Parliamentary diplomacy is vital to resolve challenges induced by climate change, says Speaker Ashraf - October 3, 2022

Deputy Leader of Opposition in the House of Commons calls on NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf
 
Monday, 03rd Oct. 2022: Deputy Leader of Opposition in the House of Commons and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, Ms. Angela Rayner & Lord Wajid Khan, Member of House of Lords, UK called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf. Both sides explored ways to enhance parliamentary and bilateral cooperation and socio-economic losses faced by recent devastating floods in Pakistan.

Expressing satisfaction with the fraternal Pak-UK ties, the Speaker remarked that the United Kingdom was a significant economic and bilateral partner of Pakistan. He applauded the Pakistani Diaspora's contribution to the country's economy, and politics; and their pivotal role in consolidating existing relations between the two countries.

Speaker, while highlighting the recent deadly floods in the country, said that climate change had unfavorably impacted Pakistan while it had less than 1% share in global carbon emissions. He also apprised about the National Assembly’s move to present an Emergency resolution in the forthcoming IPU Conference in Rwanda from Oct 11-15, 2022 to highlight the plight of flood affectees in Pakistan. The Speaker sought the support of the Parliament of the UK and its government to back the National Assembly's call for the creation of a global climate fund for developing countries, particularly Pakistan.

Deputy Leader of the Labor Party said that the UK had not forgotten the people of Pakistan and they would always extend their support in any way possible to help the flood affectees in Pakistan.  They also agreed to strengthen mutual ties and expand corporations in the fields of common interests. She also agreed that parliamentary interactions and collaboration would further bolster Pak-UK bilateral ties. Lord Wajid also assured to make efforts to garner support for Pakistan’s ambition of building back better in a greener and cleaner manner.


National Assembly Standing Committee On Rules Of Procedure And Privileges Meets - October 3, 2022

 

Islamabad, the 3rd October, 2022: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  

1) On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA / Hon. Deputy Speaker regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Zubair Niazi, Ex. Deputy Commissioner, Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Secretary, Establishment Division and Chief Secretary, Govt of Khyber PakhtunKhwa, should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person on the said Question of Privilege. The Committee also directed to inform to All Federal Secretaries/Provincial Secretaries, Ministries, Divisions, Departments that not attending the phone calls of the Hon. Parliamentarians and not resolving their issues would be considered an offence and disciplinary actions would be taken as per Law.  Mr. Zubair Niazi, Ex. Deputy Commissioner, Bannu tendered an unconditional apology before the Committee which was not accepted by the Hon. Mover and the Committee as well, therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
2) On The Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, and Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNAs regarding alleged non-cooperation of Ex.DPO, District Jhang with the MNAs on telephone; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege subject to the un-conditional written apology before the Committee.
3) On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, MNA regarding in-action of SHO, Thana City Mansehra, SP Operations Mansehra, DPO, Mansehra and I.G, KPK on his application regarding gross mutilation of property by the land mafias; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee directed that in the next meeting, the Police Department of KPK/Mansehra, should be ensured to attend the next meeting of the Committee.
4) On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Agha Abdul Raheem, Director General (D.G), Sehwan Development Authority, Jamshoro; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Chief Secretary, Govt of Sindh and Mr. Agha Abdul Raheem should attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also directed that the next meeting should be convened in Karachi and the Hon. Chief Minister, Sindh should be invited as a Special Invitee in the said meeting being proposed to be held in Karachi.
5) On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA regarding misbehavior of Mr. Zahid Hussain, Joint Secretary, Maritime Affairs over telephone with the Hon. Member; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
6) On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA regarding the raid of Islamabad Police force on lodge No. A-401, Parliament Lodge of the Hon. MNA on the direction of former Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan and former Minister for Interior Mr. Shaikh Rashid Ahmed; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that Mr. Imran Khan,MNA/Ex.Prime Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, MNA/Ex. The Minister for Interior should attend the next meeting of the Committee, in person.
7) On the Question of Privilege raised by Chaudhary Faqir Ahmed, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Secretary, M/o Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony and misbehavior of Mr. Balqias, Private Secretary to the Secretary, of the aforesaid Ministry with the Hon. Member; as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
8) On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA regarding not properly spending the amount given by him on the projects of his constituency by SNGPL; as the Secretary, M/o Energy (Petroleum Division) did not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
9) The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA regarding alleged misbehaviour of Mr. Amir Ali Bugti, XEN, QESCO, Gawadar; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
10) On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding the incorrect proposed Provisional Estimates of ADP-2021-22 by the XEN, Highways Bahawalpur and misbehavior with the Hon. Member; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
11) On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding alleged misbehaviour of Zonal Chief, Zarai Taraqiati Bank, Limited (ZTBL), Bahawalpur; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
12) On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding alleged misbehaviour of Mr. Ghulam Rasool Bhatti, SHO, Uch Sharif with the representatives of Hon. Member and not action taken against the SHO by the DPO, Bahawalpur; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege with the direction that an inquiry should be conducted on the matter with a report to the Committee within ten days.
13) On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding alleged non-update the Hon. Member by XEN, Public Health Department, Bahawalpur regarding Provincial Fund year 2021-2022 and not responding the telephone calls; the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Secretary, Public Health Department, Bahawalpur, and XEN Public Health Department, Bahawalpur and pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
14) On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding not attending the meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Trainings, National Heritage and Culture fixed for 3rd and 17th August, 2022 by Engr. Prof. Athar Mahboob, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) despite the notices of the said meetings were duly served to him; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
15) On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA regarding alleged registration of false cases against the workers/supporters of Hon. MNA to malign, defame the him and damage his reputation in his constituency by Mr. Shafique Shah, Chief Municipal Officer (CMO), Mir Pur Khas City, Chaudhary Asad, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Manzoor Lakhi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, City Mir Pur Khas, Mr. Khuda Bux Thebo, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shujaabad, Mr. Rasool Bux Thaheem, Station House Officer, Taluka Mirwah, Mr. Shahjehan Lashari, Station House Officer, Satellite Town, Mr. Khuda Bux Rajani, Station House Officer and Mr. Munawar Arain, Assistant Sub-Inspector/MTO, Satellite Town, District Mir Pur Khas; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner, Mirpur Khas, Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
16) On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNAregarding alleged baseless propaganda on social, print and electronic media that a 25 person delegation attended the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in Canada; the Committee, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that necessary amendments should be made in the Act/Rules. The Committee also directed the Secretary, M/o Information and Broadcasting to have a joint consultative meeting including the representatives of PEMRA, PTA and FIA for resolving the issue.  The Committee also directed that pre-censoring measures are supposed to be adopted. The Committee also directed that the fine against such TV Channels should be increased from one million to five million. The Committee also directed that there is also the need for strengthening of PEMRA and PTA.  
17) On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA regarding alleged tweet of Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, MNA mailing Regional Seminar for the Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Achieving the Sustainable Developments held on 13th and 14th September, 2022; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
18) On the Matters regarding privileges of the Public Accounts Committee raised by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA / Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (PAC); the Committee disposed of the matter with direction to all Federal Secretaries of Ministries/Divisions/Departments and the Chief Secretaries that nobody is above the law and supremacy of Parliament shall be honoured. The Committee also recommended that in case of any one dare to transgress or challenge the authority of the Parliament by avoiding the directions of the Parliament/Committees; strict disciplinary action shall be taken against him.
19) On the Application regarding provision of record of Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges. (Matter referred by the Hon. Speaker); the Committee pended the issue with the direction that the Deputy Secretary, Litigation Wing of the National Assembly, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Director L.D.Wing of the National Assembly should have a joint consultation and prepare a report within three days.
20) On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL); the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
21) On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Capital Development Authority (CDA) Islamabad; the Committee referred the issues of CDA to the Sub-Committee already appointed under the convenership of Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA.
22) On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with National Highway Authority (NHA); the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
23) On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with State Bank of Pakistan and Ministry of Finance regarding using the words “Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) while opening the new accounts and not provision of credit cards to the Hon. MNAs; the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting with the direction that facilities regarding provision of credit cards, Auto leasing, opening of Foreign Currency Accounts, opening of accounts of children of the Hon. Politicians and the employees of the Parliament should be given by the ABL, Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee also directed that the name and contact numbers of the focal person of State Bank of Pakistan should be provided to the Committee.
24) On the issue of Contempt of Parliament; the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
25) On the issue to discuss Articles 66 and 69 of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973; the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
26) The Question of Privilege raised by Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan Sial, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Ahmed Nawaz Shah, DPO, Muzaffargahr, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
27) The Question of Privilege raised by Mahr Irshad Ahmed Khan Sial, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Sajjad Rizvi, Chief Irrigation Rizvi, Dera Ghazi Khan, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
28) The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 16th and 17th August, 2022.
29) The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Nawab Sher, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA, Deputy Speaker, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan Sial, and Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA/Chairman, PAC.
30) The meeting was also attended by Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister.
 


Ambassador of Indonesia assured his country’s support to the National Assembly’s proposal for creation of global climate fund to combat climate catastrophe - September 30, 2022

 

Speaker secures more support for global climate fund

Ambassador of Indonesia assured his country’s support to the National Assembly’s proposal for creation of global climate fund to combat climate catastrophe

Friday, 30th Sep 2022:

Ambassador of Indonesia to Pakistan Mr. Adam Mulawarman Tugio called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf in Parliament House on Friday. Matters pertaining to solidifying bilateral relations, parliamentary cooperation & support for National Assembly's proposal regarding the climate fund came under discussion in the meeting.

Speaker remarked that Pakistanis have a special affection for Indonesia & its people not only for being a Muslim country but also for shared culture, religious values, and the support extended by them during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

While discussing the recent flood & its aftermath, Speaker highlighted that Pakistan witnessed unprecedented challenges & in this backdrop, National Assembly has moved an emergency agenda item for the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Rwanda being held from Oct. 11-15, 2022, for creation of a global fund to combat climate fallout in Pakistan. He added that a letter & resolution on the same had been sent to the Speaker of the People's Representative Council of Indonesia with a request to support Pakistan's stance at the conference. He expressed gratitude to the government and the people of Indonesia for extending relief assistance to flood affectees in Pakistan.

The Indonesian Ambassador agreed that climate change wasva global issue that required global efforts and attention. He condoled massive losses due to devastating floods & expressed solidarity with the flood affectees. Owing to the extent of climatic fallout in Pakistan, he assured to convey Speaker’s message to the Indonesian leadership to support Pakistan’s National Assembly's call for the creation of a global climate fund to build back better in a climate-resilient
manner.

The meeting ended with a pledge to increase bilateral engagements in all spheres & extending support to each other at regional and international fora.

 

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے انڈونیشیا کے سفیر آدم ملاورمان ٹگیو کی ملاقات۔

پاکستان موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والی تباہی سے نبرد آزما ہے، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

انڈونیشیا آئی پی یو کی جنرل اسمبلی کے اجلاس میں پاکستانی موقف کی تائید کرتا ہے، انڈونیشین سفیر

اسلام آباد، 30 ستمبر 2022اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف سے انڈونیشیا کے سفیر آدم ملاورمان ٹگیو کی جمعہ کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں ملاقات کی۔ ملاقات میں دوطرفہ تعلقات اور باہمی دلچسپی کے دیگر امور پر تبادلہ خیال کیاگیا۔سپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ پاکستان انڈونیشیا کے ساتھ خوشگوار برادرانہ تعلقات کو بڑی اہمیت دیتا ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان انڈونیشیا کے ساتھ اقتصادی و پارلیمانی تعلقات کو مزید وسعت دینے کا خواہش مند ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پارلیمانی سفارتکاری دونوں ممالک کو مزید قریب لانے میں اہم کردار ادا کر سکتی ہے۔

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے پاکستان میں حالیہ سیلاب اور طوفانی بارشوں کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ موسمیاتی تبدیلیاں ترقی پذیر ممالک کے لیے بڑا خطرہ ہیں۔پاکستان میں حالیہ تباہ کن سیلاب کی وجہ سے پاکستان کو بڑے پیمانے پر جانی و مالی نقصان کا سامنا کرنا پڑا ہے۔انہوں نے بتایا کہ موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کا سبب بننے والی زہریلی گیسوں کے اخراج میں پاکستان کا حصہ نا ہونے کے برابر ہے۔زہریلی گیسوں کے اخراج کی وجہ سے ہونے والی موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں میں بڑا حصہ ترقی یافتہ ممالک کا ہے۔اسپیکر نے کہا کہ ترقی یافتہ ممالک کی ترقی کی عمارت ترقی پذیر ممالک کی تباہی پر کھڑی نہیں کی جاسکتی۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے ہونے والے نقصانات کا ازالہ ضروری ہے۔انہوں نے انڈونیشین سفیر کو بتایا کہ آئندہ ماہ رونڈا میں آئی پی یو جنرل اسمبلی کا اجلاس منعقد ہونے جا رہا ہے جس میں قومی اسمبلی آف پاکستان نے موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے ہونے والے نقصانات کو ایمرجنسی آئٹم کے طور پر ایجنڈے میں شامل کرنے کے لیے سیکرٹری جنرل آئی پی یو کو خط بھیجا ہے۔ خط میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والے نقصانات کے ازالے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ قائم کرنے کا مطالبہ بھی کیا گیا ہے۔

انڈونیشیا کے سفیر آدم ملاورمان ٹگیو نے کہا کہ انڈونیشیا پاکستان کے ساتھ اپنے خوشگوار تعلقات کو قدر کی نگاہ سے دیکھتا ہے۔انہوں نے پاکستان میں حالیہ سیلاب کے دوران ہونے والے جانی و مالی نقصانات پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار کیا۔سفیر نے انڈونیشیا کی عوام اور حکومت کی جانب سے پاکستانی عوام کے ساتھ یکجہتی کا اظہار بھی کیا۔انہون نے کہا کہ انڈونیشیا کے عوام اور حکومت دکھ کی گھڑی میں پاکستان کے عوام کے دکھ میں برابر کے شریک ہیں۔ سفیر نے موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کے نقصان کے ازالے کے لیے عالمی فنڈ کے قیام کے لیے اسپیکر کی تجویز سے اتفاق کیا اور انڈونیشیا کی جانب سے آئی پی یو کی جنرل اسمبلی کے اجلاس میں پاکستانی موقف کی تائید کا یقین دلایا۔


Bahrain Speaker, as President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU), assured full support to NA’s call for global funds to combat climate catastrophe - September 27, 2022

Islamabad: September 27, 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan greatly values its fraternal ties with Bahrain which are rooted deep in cultural affinities. He said that Pakistan was interested in further augmenting the existing close and cordial relations with Bahrain in all spheres. He expressed these views during the telephonic conversation with the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Kingdom of Bahrain Fawzia Bint Abdullah Zainal.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf apprised the Speaker of Bahrain that Pakistan had successfully hosted the 3rd Regional Seminar for the Parliaments of Asia Pacific Region on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals from September 13-14, 2022 to highlight the losses and damages caused by the devastating floods in Pakistan. He said that an emergency resolution will be presented in the context of the devastating floods in Pakistan in the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Rwanda with the objective to present a forceful demand that developed countries must compensate for irreparable socio-economic losses due to climate change in developing countries. He expressed gratitude to the government and people of Bahrain for extending assistance for the relief of flood victims.
 
While talking about World Tourism day, being observed today, the Speaker said that Pakistan seeks support in promoting tourism in Pakistan. There are ample opportunities for investment in the tourism industry and food security from which Bahrain investors could be benefited. He added that the Industrial sector was also open to foreign investors including Bahrain.

The Speaker said that Pakistani diasporas in Bahrain were playing an important role in the economic development of Bahrain along with that of Pakistan. The Speaker also expressed gratitude for the support of Bahrain at the platform of FATF and OIC and expressed hope for continued support in the future as well.
 
Speaker said that Pakistan looked forward to welcoming His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, (King of Bahrain) and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa (the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister) in Pakistan.

Speaker of Bahrain expressed grief over the loss during the recent floods in Pakistan. She applauded the National Assembly of Pakistan for successfully hosting the 3rd regional seminar on IPU. She said that Pakistan had effectively highlighted the vulnerabilities of developing countries, especially the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, from the ever-intensifying impacts of global climate change. She assured full support to the National Assembly's call for global funds to combat climate catastrophe being the President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU).


Immense Economic Potential Needs to Be explored for Mutual Benefit of the people of Pakistan & Kazakhstan: NA Speaker - September 27, 2022

Islamabad:27thSeptember 2022:  Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin called on Speaker NationalAssembly Raja Pervez Ashraf at Parliament House. The matters related to enhancing trade, relaxing visa policy, expanding parliamentary cooperation and support for National Assembly (NA) call for global funds through Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to combat climate catastrophe were discussed in the meeting.
 
The Speaker while welcoming the Ambassador remarked that Pakistan attaches great significance to its ties with Kazakhstan, a key Central Asian country which shares mutual vision of regional cooperation. He said that parliamentary diplomacy could play a vibrant role in expanding mutual cooperation. He said that parliamentarians on both sides can promote existing bilateral ties through mutual contact. He mentioned that Pak-Kazakh Friendship Group in NA is actively working to expand relations between parliaments of both countries.
 
The Speaker said that there is a huge economic potential that needs to be explored for the mutual benefit of both countries. He added that business communities of both countries should promote trade and investment by exploring investment opportunities to further improve trade relations.
 
Speaker highlighted that Pakistan was witnessing unprecedented climate challenges and to combat this colossal challenge NA has moved an emergency item for 145th IPU Assembly in Rwanda from Oct. 11-15, 2022. He added that a letter & resolution on the same had been sent to the Chairman with a request to support Pakistan's stance in forthcoming conference. He also shared a letter and resolution with the Ambassador.
 
Ambassador while appreciating the Speaker for warm reception expressed solidarity for flood affectees and shared a condolence letter on the same from Chair of the Mazhilis. He appreciated friendly ties between two nations and assured of future collaboration in diverse sectors.


Regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations, economic collaboration and people-to-people contact will consolidate relations between both countries: NA Speaker - September 26, 2022

 

Islamabad; Monday, 26th Sep, 2022: Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan Mr. Leopoldo Sahores called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf at Parliament House today. Matters pertaining to bilateral and parliamentary relations were discussed in the meeting.

Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Argentina as both fraternal countries are tied up in deep bonds of mutual trust, respect and cooperation. He said the Pakistan-Argentina Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Pakistan reflects stable parliamentary relations between the fraternal countries. He underlined that regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations, economic collaboration and people-to-people contact will consolidate relations between both countries.

Speaker while talking about investment opportunities in Pakistan said that the incumbent is making dire efforts to introduce various incentives for foreign investors besides providing a favorable environment for them. He underlined the need to expand collaboration between Pakistan and Argentina in fields of common interest including climate change, agriculture, and information technology.

Speaker while talking about the successful organization of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) seminar by the National Assembly of Pakistan said that the developed countries of the world are responsible for the rapid climate change in Pakistan as it only has less than 1% share in environmental degradation but is facing worse consequences in the form of floods. He said in this context, an emergency resolution will be presented in the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Rwanda that intends to forcefully demand the developed countries compensate for irreparable socio-economic losses due to climate change in developing countries.

The two sides also underscored the need of enhancing cooperation in agriculture as both countries have much in common and may benefit from experience of each other in the sector. They also agreed to play their due role in the promotion of sports in Pakistan, particularly football.

The Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan said that Argentina also attaches great significance to Pakistan and desires to further strengthen mutual economic and parliamentary cooperation. He reiterated Argentina’s commitment to boost inter-Parliamentary relations and urged the need for frequent exchange of parliamentary delegations. He also extended his all-out support to Pakistan in overcoming challenges including the climate crisis that has resulted in massive floods that have affected 33 million people across the country.


Pakistan Attaches Immense Importance To Its Economic Ties With South Korea: NA Speaker; Developed Countries Must Compensate For Irreparable Socio-Economic Losses Due To Climate Change In Developing Countries: Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - September 26, 2022

Monday, 26th Sep, 2022: Ambassador of South Korea to Pakistan Suh Sangpyo called on Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf at Parliament House today. Matters pertaining to bilateral relations, and key regional and international issues were discussed in the meeting.

Speaker said that Pakistan and Korea enjoy long-standing relations which are based on decades-old economic partnerships. While recalling the visit of the members of Republic of Korea-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group to Pakistan from August 22-25, 2022, the Speaker said that Pakistan gives immense value to its relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and desires to further deepen the existing relations through enhanced Parliamentary and economic cooperation.

Speaker said that Korea has achieved exceptional economic and industrial progress due to the farsighted and dedicated Korean leadership. He said that there are huge opportunities for investment in various sectors in Pakistan. He added that Korean companies can further invest in Pakistan’s lucrative market, especially in the fields of business, communication, energy, infrastructure and Information Technology.

Speaker while talking about the unprecedented catastrophe caused by recent devastating floods in Pakistan apprised that National Assembly in collaboration with Inter-Parliamentary Union had hosted 3rd Regional Seminar for the Parliaments of Asia Pacific Region on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals from September 13-14, 2022 to highlight the vulnerabilities of developing countries especially the countries of the Asia-Pacific region from the ever-intensifying impacts of global climate change. He said that being a member of the Asia Pacific region, the Parliamentary delegation of Korea also actively participated and assured their all-out support in raising the issue of climate change on international forums.

He said that an emergency resolution will be presented in the context of the devastating floods in Pakistan in the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Rwanda. The objective of this resolution is to present a forceful demand that developed countries must compensate for irreparable socio-economic losses due to climate change in developing countries, he added. He appreciated the Korean government's generous support for the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the flood affectees in Pakistan that has left millions homeless across the country.  Speaker also accepted the invitation extended by the Ambassador to participate in the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Pakistan Suh Sangpyo said that ROK also considers Pakistan one of its close friends and an important economic partner. He said that Korean investors are eager to explore and further invest in Pakistan for the mutual benefit of both countries. He assured his country’s all-out support to Pakistan at regional and international forums regarding the issue of climate crisis being induced in Pakistan by the developed countries responsible for CO2 emissions. He expressed gratitude for accepting the invitation by the Speaker to participate in the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties.


اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے آج پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں جمہوریہ کوریا کے سفیر سوہ سنگپیو سے ملاقات کی - September 26, 2022

اسلام آباد : 26 ستمبر 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے آج پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں جمہوریہ کوریا کے سفیر سوہ سنگپیو سے ملاقات کی۔ملاقات میں دو طرفہ تعلقات، اہم علاقائی اور بین الاقومی امور پر تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ پاکستان اور جنوبی کوریا کے مابین دہائیوں پر محیط اقتصادی شراکت داری پر مبنی دوستانہ تعلقات پائے جاتے ہیں ۔انہوں نے جمہوریہ کوریا، پاکستان پارلیمانی دوستی گروپ کے ارکان کے 22 سے 25 اگست 2022 کو دورہ پاکستان کا ذکر کرتے ہوے کہا کہ پاکستان جمہوریہ کوریا کے ساتھ اپنے تعلقات کو انتہائی اہمیت دیتا ہے اور ان تعلقات کو پارلیمانی اور اقتصادی تعاون کے ذریعے مزید مستحکم بنانے کا خواہاں ہے .اسپیکر نے کہا کہ کوریا نے اپنی دور اندیش اور پرعزم قیادت کے بدولت اقتصادی اور صنعتی شعبوں میں ترقی کے اہداف حاصل کی ہیں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری کے وسیع مواقع موجود ہیں خاص طور پر مواصلات ، توانائی ، انفرا اسٹرکچر اور ٹیکنالوجی کے شعبوں میں جن سے کوریا کی کمپنیاں استفادہ حاصل کر سکتی ہیں۔
 
اسپیکر نے پاکستان میں حالیہ تباہ کن سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں کا ذکر کرتے ہوے کہا کہ پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی نے 13 سے 14 ستمبر کو پائیدار ترقی کے اہداف کے حصول پر ایشیا پیسفک ریجن کی پارلیمانوں کے تیسرے علاقائی اجلاس کی میزبانی کی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دنیا کے ترقی پذیر ممالک موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں سے سب سے زیادہ متاثر ہو رہیں ہیں اور اس حوالے سے ترقی یافتہ ممالک کو ان نقصانات کے ازالے کیلئے آگے بڑھنا ہوگا ۔انہوں نے حالیہ کانفرنس میں کوریا کے پارلیمانی وفد کی شرکت اور موسمیاتی تبدیلی کے حوالے سے اصولی موقف کو سراہا۔
 
اسپیکر نے کہا کہ بین الپارلیمانی یونین (IPU) کے آئندہ اجلاس جو رونڈا میں منعقد ہوگا میں پاکستان میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں کے حوالے سے ایمرجنسی قرارداد پیش کی جائے گی ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ اس قرارداد میں ترقی یافتہ ممالک پر زور دیا جائے گا کہ وہ ترقی پذیر ممالک میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والی تباہ کاریوں کے نتیجے میں ہونے والے نقصانات کے ازالے کیلئے فوری اقدامات اٹھائیں ۔انہوں نے کورین حکومت کی جانب سے سیلاب متاثرین کی فراخدلانہ امداد پر شکریہ ادا کیا ۔اسپیکر نے کوریا کے سفیر کی جانب سے دونوں ممالک کے درمیان سفارتی تعلقات کی 40 ویں سالگرہ کے تقریبات میں شرکت کی دعوت قبول کی۔
 
 کوریا کے سفیرسوہ سنگپیو نے کہا کہ کوریا پاکستان کے ساتھ اپنے تعلقات کو قدر کی نگاہ سے دیکھتا ہے اور پاکستان کو اپنا قریبی اقتصادی پارٹنر سمجھتا ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کوریا کے سرمایہ کار پاکستان میں مزید سرمایہ کاری میں گہری دلچسپی لیتے ہیں جس سے دونوں ممالک کے مابین اقتصادی اور بردارانہ تعلقات میں مزید مضبوط ہوں گے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ انکا ملک پاکستان میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والے نقصانات کے ازالے کیلئے ہر ممکن تعاون کرے گا۔انہوں نے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے دونوں ممالک کی 40 سالہ تعلقات کی سالگرہ کی تقریب میں شرکت کی دعوت قبول کرنے پر انکا شکریہ ادا کیا۔

پارلیمانی وفود کے تبادلوں، معاشی تعاون اور عوامی سطح پر رابطوں میں اضافے سے پاک ارجنٹائن تعلقات مزید مستحکم ہونگے:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف - September 26, 2022

اسلام آباد : 26 ستمبر ، 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشراف سے پیر کے روز ارجنٹائن کے سفیر لیوپولڈو ساہورس نے پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں ملاقات کی۔ملاقات میں دوطرفہ پارلیمانی تعلقات سمیت باہمی دلچسپی کے دیگر امور پر تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ پاکستان ارجنٹائن کے ساتھ اپنے خوشگوار تعلقات کو بڑی اہمیت دیتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دونوں ممالک میں تعلقات باہمی اعتماد و احترام اور دو طرفہ تعاون پر استوار ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی میں پاکستان-ارجنٹائن پارلیمانی دوستی گروپ دونوں دوست  ممالک کے مابین مستحکم پارلیمانی تعلقات کی عکاسی کرتا ہے۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ پارلیمانی وفود کے تبادلے، معاشی تعاون اور عوامی سطح پر رابطوں سے دونوں ممالک کے مابین تعلقات کو  مزید مستحکم کیا ججاسکتا ہے۔

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری کے مواقع کے بارے میں بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت بیرونی سرمایہ کاروں کو سازگار ماحول فراہم کرنے کے ساتھ ساتھ  مختلف مراعات کو متعارف کرا رہی ہے۔انہوں نے موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں پر قابو پانے، زراعت اور انفارمیشن ٹیکنالوجی سمیت دیگر معاشی شعبوں میں تعاون بڑھانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ بین الپارلیمانی یونین کے آئندہ اجلاس جو رونڈا میں منعقد ہوگا میں پاکستان میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں کے حوالے سے ایمرجنسی قرارداد پیش کی جائے گی ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ اس قرارداد میں ترقی یافتہ ممالک پر زور دیا جائے گا کہ وہ ترقی پذیر میں موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے ہونے والی تباہ کاریوں کے نتیجے میں ہونے والے نقصانات کے ازالے کیلئے فوری اقدامات کریں ۔

پاکستان میں ارجنٹائن کے سفیر لیوپولڈو ساہورس نے کہ ارجنٹائن بھی پاکستان سے اپنے تعلقات کو بڑی اہمیت دیتا ہے اور باہمی معاشی و پارلیمانی تعلقات کو مزید وسعت دینے کا خواہش مند ہے۔ انہوں نے دونوں ممالک کے مابین  پارلیمانی تعلقات میں اضافے کے عزم کا اعادہ کیا اور پارلیمنٹری وفود کے  تبادلوں کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کے بحران سمیت دیگر چیلنجوں پر قابو پانے میں پاکستان کو اپنی حکومت کی جانب ہر ممکن تعاون کا یقین دلایا ۔انہوں نے سیلاب کے دوران بڑے پیمانے پر جانی و مالی نقصانات پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار کیا۔


Speaker & Deputy Speaker National Assembly extend felicitations & prayers to Saudi leadership & the people on the occasion of the 92nd National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - September 22, 2022

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf in his message congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Chairman of the Shura Council Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, Royal Family and the Saudi people on the 92nd National Day.

Speaker remarked Saudi Arabia is moving ahead of time when it comes to progress, prosperity and welfare of its people under the visionary and farsighted leadership of the Kingdom.
He further asserted that Pakistan always cherished its brotherly ties with the Kingdom. Both the countries always supported and stood side by side through thick & thin.

Speaker further said that humanitarian assistance extended by the Kingdom and the people to flood-ravaged Pakistanis in the wake of devastating floods was highly appreciable and reflected the love and affection of the brotherly people of the country. He also emphasized regular high-level exchanges between the parliaments of the two countries as it would further cement the bond of friendship and open new avenues of cooperation in all fields of mutual interest.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani extended felicitations to the Saudi leadership & the people of Saudi Arabia. He remarked that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are tied in deep-rooted bonds of faith, culture, and history. He said that the Parliaments of both countries can play a vital role in strengthening bilateral ties and bringing both countries closer. He thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for expressing solidarity with the people of Pakistan in these difficult times and for assistance to flood-affected people.


NA Speaker's message on International Peace Day - September 21, 2022

NA SPEAKER REITERATED PAKISTAN'S STRONG COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHENING PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE REGION

NA SPEAKER URGED ALL POLITICAL PARTIES TO PROMOTE PEACE AND TOLERANCE FOR THE PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY.

Islamabad: 21st September 2022; Speaker of National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Peace is essential for economic progress and development in the country. He said that our religion Islam stressed upon propagation of peace in the world. He added that the beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) has been the symbol of peace for all mankind. He expressed these views in his message on International Day of Peace, which is observed across the world on 21st September 2022 under the theme “End racism. Build peace”.

Speaker said that Pakistan being an advocate of peace had also been at the forefront to strengthen peace in the region, especially in Afghanistan where it played a significant role in the Afghan Peace Process and helped the evacuation of different nationals during the Afghan withdrawal.

Speaker underscored the importance of living together with affection, empathy, and brotherhood irrespective of color, class, or religion. He reiterated Pakistan's strong commitment to strengthening peace and stability by playing a positive role in the region. He urged all political parties to promote peace and tolerance in societ


NA Speaker urges EU Parliamentarians to continue with GSP + for Pakistan - September 20, 2022

•         Devastations caused by climate catastrophe in Pakistan require complete and unconditional support from the International community
 
•         GSP + status has allowed Pakistan to enhance its efforts to alleviate poverty, ensure sustainable development and reinforce good governance
 
•         Parliament is taking all necessary measures to ensure complete fulfillment of all its commitments related to GSP +
 
Islamabad: 20th September 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf urged European Parliament to continue sine die with GSP + for Pakistan; in a meeting with European Parliamentarians from the Netherlands, Belgium, and Lithuania, today at Parliament House, Islamabad.

Speaker underscored that such support was crucial, particularly in the wake of recent floods in Pakistan, which resulted in huge loss of lives and livelihoods. The National Assembly of Pakistan had already moved the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) for the inclusion of an emergency agenda on the issue of climate breakdown in Pakistan, in its forthcoming 145th General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda, he added. Moreover, he stressed upon the visiting delegates to back the agenda of climate change, as no country or region could alone tackle the fallout of rampant climate catastrophes.

The Speaker maintained that Pakistan attaches great importance to the EU and its Parliament and he was fully convinced that our collective efforts could help both regions to prosper and progress.

The Speaker also highlighted the wide array of legislative measures taken by the parliament particularly related to children, women, human rights, and environmental protection. “Human rights are very dear to Pakistan and the country always tries to ensure implementation of all related laws in letter & spirit in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan,” he remarked. Everyone living in Pakistan was treated equally without any discrimination, he added.

Speaker appreciated EU Parliament's support for GSP + status for Pakistan which resulted in increased exports to the EU and insisted on continued cooperation and collaboration in that regard.

EU delegates appreciated Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf for the passage of laws pertaining to Pakistan’s international commitments and assured their full support in this grim hour of grief and anguish.

In the end, both sides acknowledged the need for continued cooperation to meet persisting challenges, particularly climate change and the devastation caused by it, especially in Pakistan.

Later in the day, Advisor to Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Charles Reed called on the Speaker, at Parliament House. During the meeting, the Speaker remarked that "inter-faith harmony is essential for peaceful co-existence, all across the world”. He insisted that "we all have to work together to purge hatred and promote peace through love and affection for each other". Muslim ummah needs the support of all developed nations to fight Islamophobia.
 


Tackling Challenge of Fake News; The Prime Responsibility of Youth Says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - September 19, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

(Directorate General of Media)

Press Release

 

TACKLING CHALLENGE OF FAKE NEWS; THE PRIME RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUTH SAYS NA SPEAKER RAJA PERVEZ ASHRAF

 

Islamabad: 19th September 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has asserted that the trend of fake news is alarmingly devastating for social fabric and social integrity. He said that spreading fake news without verification is tantamount to breach the sanctity of individuals and institutions. While talking about the efficacy of social media, he said that it is incumbent upon the youth of the country to use social media plate forums with responsibility and integrity. He expressed these views while addressing the delegation of interns serving in Parliament House.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has outlined the vital role of youth to discourage the use of social media as a weapon of spreading negativity and restlessness. While citing the malicious and unfounded social media campaigns against the One Member Parliamentary delegation visit to attend the 65th CPC, the speaker urged the youth to use social media with utmost care. He advised the youth to use their potential for harnessing their potential for making Pakistan a prosperous and developed country.

Speaker said that Youth in the country has all the potential and capability to perform in this age of information and technology. He pressed upon the Youth to work hard day and night to make Pakistan more developed and prosperous.

Speaker also appreciated the role of youth interns in making events of the diamond jubilee celebration successful and also supporting diverse events of the 1st IPU conference on Achieving SDGs organized by IPU and the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Convener SDGs/MNA Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam and Senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat were also present on the occasion.


Upgradation of Health Facilities in Gujjar Khan to Kick start soon - September 15, 2022

Islamabad, 15, September, 2022: The Speaker National Assembly chaired a meeting regarding the status of health facilities provided to the people of Rawalpindi in general and Gujjar Khan in particular. The meeting was attended by Ms. Fatima Sheikh, Special Secretary (Development& Finance) Punjab along with the members of district health management.
The chair was briefed about the status of health infrastructure, staff strength, medicine provided, upgradation of the health facilities, repair and maintenance work carried out, number of labs & mother & child healthcare centers and number of ambulances.
In apropos to the directives of Speaker, it was apprised that new doctors will be appointed on ad hoc basis to counter the shortfall of health staff against the incumbent 293 sanctioned posts which are laying vacant.

Furthermore, it was informed that Gujjar Khan hospital as desired will soon be upgraded into Trauma Center for which every codal formality has been completed.
Besides this, it was brought into the knowledge of the Chair that RHC Mandra based on its catchment area population and OPD will get upgradation/equivalence to the Tehsil Headquarter Hospital (THQ) having all the facilities there. Other health facilities of Gujjar Khan as pointed out will be upgraded to the THQ as well namely RHC Qazian and RHC Daultala on priority.

Last but not the least, regarding the repair and maintenance work of the health facilities as discussed will be provided with the funds on priority during this quarter of the Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
Speaker appreciated the response of the health Department for the rehabilitation and revamp of health facilities with particular regard to those of Gujjar Khan.

 


Malicious propaganda to compromise the sanctity of parliament; reprehensible and must be discouraged vehemently: NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf - September 15, 2022

Islamabad, September 15, 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that propagating false news and unverified narratives have become a real challenge for all democratic societies .He lamented that spreading negative news especially about prime institutions  has become a negative social trend.


The Speaker said that the journalist community‘s role to reject such false propaganda against parliament is essential to keep the sanctity of parliament intact. He expressed these views while addressing the members of the Parliamentary Reporters Association at the Parliament House on Thursday.

The Speaker claimed that the media plays the role of a bridge between the people and the public representative. He also asserted that PRA is part and parcel of  Parliament. The early resolution of all issues faced by PRA members had been his chief priority.
 The journalists reporting the proceedings of the Parliament have a responsibility to convey verified news as only true news would keep public trust intact on Parliament. The journalists should do their part to counter the fake news and whenever they need any information in this regard they can contact the National Assembly Secretariat.

The Speaker of the National Assembly said that it is incumbent upon journalists to guide them and rectify them whenever they observe something against parliamentary norms. And, if someone disrespects this sacred Institution, it is Media Representatives’ responsibility to discourage such efforts to malign this sacred institution. He said that this parliament belongs to all and everyone should work together to raise its dignity.

Referring to the baseless and fabricated news on social media about the parliamentary delegation participating in the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, he said that Honey said that as per criteria the Federal Parliament of Pakistan was entitled to have five members of parliament. Of these five members, two were from the Senate and two members from the National Assembly of Pakistan were to participate in the conference. One MNA regretted and only Member of National Assembly MNA Ms Romina Khursheed Alam participated in the conference.

 The speaker said that it was very sad that despite the denial of this news by the National Assembly Secretariat, the media houses tried to throw mud on the most reliable institution of the state without any investigation. He said that some very reliable Officials of institutions also played their role in spreading baseless news.

The speaker said that we were able to successfully organize the third IPU Asia-Pacific Seminar during the last one month.

 The speaker said that during the last one month, Qaumi has successfully organized mega events, including the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on August 14 and the IPU Asia-Pacific Parliaments Seminar on SDGs. He said that in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the voice of children, women, minorities and even the eunuch on the floor of the Parliament echoed in the Parliament House. The purpose of the convention is to bridge the gap between the people and the people's representatives.

He further said that the aim of the IP seminar was to highlight the irreparable damage caused by floods due to global climate change in Pakistan.  The resounding success of IPU is that 34 countries of the Asia-Pacific agree to present an emergency resolution to highlight the damages caused by the flood disasters in the forthcoming IPU Conference to be held in Rwanda next month.

 


PATIENTS’ WELFARE AND TREATING PATIENTS WITH RESPECT SHOULD BE PRIORITY OF PROFESSIONAL AND STAFF OF PIMS - September 15, 2022

Islamabad: 15th September 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that services of Staff and professionals in PIMS  for patients’ welfare is commendable. He said that the health staff commitment with their professions is not rewarding in this world but it is also rewarding in the hereafter. He encouraged and appreciated the work and services of Pakistan Institute of medical services in Islamabad today.  He expressed these views while witnessing the oath taking ceremony of  members of Non-gazetted staff welfare organization in Islamabad today.

The Speaker encouraged and appreciated the lower staff for their valuable services to all patients who visit PIMS. He said that PIMS is the institution which is catering the needs of not only Islamabad but the whole country. He also said that it has been his top priority to resolve all issues being faced by lower staff in PIMS.   While responding to demands of staff for improving their service structure and for provision of utility store in their colony, the speaker extended all out support for early resolution of their issues.
The Members of newly elected Non-gazetted staff welfare organization expressed their gratitude to Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf for gracing their oath taking ceremony. They also presented their issues for early resolution.

 


جھوٹی اور حقائق کے منافی خبر جمہوریت کے لیے سب سے بڑا خطرہ ہے؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی - September 15, 2022

جھوٹی اور حقائق کے منافی خبر جمہوریت کے لیے سب سے بڑا خطرہ ہے؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی


آج  کے دور میں ایمانداری اور حقائق پر مبنی خبر دینا بڑے ثواب کا کام ہے؛راجہ پرویز اشرف


اپنی ذات پر تو تنقید برداشت کر سکتا ہوں لیکن پارلیمنٹ کی بے توقیری کسی صورت برداشت نہیں؛ اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی


اسلام آباد، 15 ستمبر 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے کہا ہے کہ آج کے دور میں جھوٹی اور حقائق کے منافی خبریں جن کا حقیقت سے دور تک تعلق نہیں ہوتا پھیلائی جارہی ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہمارا مذہب بغیر تحقیق کے کسی بات کو پھیلانے کی سختی سے ممانعت کرتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا حقائق پر مبنی خبر دینا آج کے دور میں بڑے ثواب کا کام ہے۔ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے جمعرات کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں پارلیمانی رپورٹرز ایسوسی ایشن کے ممبران سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔


اسپیکر نے کہا کہ میڈیا عوام اور عوامی نمائندے کے درمیان پل کا کردار ادا کرتا ہے، میں پی آر اے کو پارلیمنٹ کا حصہ سمجھتا ہوں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ میں نے حلف اٹھانے کے بعد قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ کو ہدایت جاری کی کہ میڈیا کے نمائندوں کو درپیش مسائل کو فوری طور پر حل کیا جائے، میڈیا پارلیمنٹ کا حصہ ہونے کہ ناطے پارلیمنٹ کی کارروائی کی رپورٹنگ کرنے والے صحافی حضرات پر ذمہ داری عائد ہوتی ہے کہ وہ پارلیمنٹ سے متعلق درست خبر عوام تک پہنچائیں اور اس مقدس ادارے کے خلاف چھپنے والی جھوٹی خبروں کی تردید کریں اور غلط خبر دینے والوں کا محاسبہ کریں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  جھوٹی خبروں کے سدباب کے لیے اپنا کردار ادا کریں اور اس سلسلے میں اگر ان کو کوئی معلومات چاہییں ان سے یا قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ سے رابطہ کر سکتے ہیں۔ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ اگر ہم کوئی خلاف قاعدہ کام کریں تو صحافی برادری کا پورا حق ہے وہ ہم پر تنقید کرے اور وہ ہماری رہنمائی کرے، تاہم اگر کوئی اس معزز ادارے کی بے توقیری کرے تو اس کا محاسبہ کرنا بھی آپ کی ذمہ داری ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ یہ پارلیمنٹ ہم سب کی اور سب نے ملکر اس کے وقار کو بلند کرنا ہے۔

 

دولت مشترکہ پارلیمانی  کانفرنس میں شرکت کرنے والے پارلیمانی وفد سے متعلق سوشل میڈیا پر چلنے والی بے بنیاد اور من گھڑت اور حقائق کے منافی خبروں کا ذکر کرتے ہونے اسپیکر نے  کہا کہ حقیقت یہ ہے کہ کانفرنس کے طے کردہ معیار کے مطابق پاکستان کی وفاقی پارلیمان کل پانچ ارکان پارلیمنٹ کے ہمراہ شرکت کر سکتی تھی۔ ان پانچ میں سے بھی دو ارکان کا تعلق سینٹ اور تین کا، بشمول اسپیکر ، قومی اسمبلی سے  تھا۔ انہوں نے کہا صرف ایک رکن اسمبلی رومینہ خورشید عالم کے ہمراہ میں نے کانفرنس میں شریک کی جبکہ دو ارکان سینٹ  میرے ہمراہ  تھے۔ اسپیکر نے کہا کہ یہ امر انتہائی افسوس ناک کہ قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ کی جانب سے اس خبر کی تردید کرنے کے باوجود بعد میڈیا ہاؤسز نے بغیر کسی تحقیق کے مملکت کے معتبر ترین ادارے پر کیچڑ اچھالا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ 25 اراکان کی جھوٹی خبر کو بغیر کسی تحقیق کے جنگل کی آگ کی طرح پھیلایا لیکن قومی اسمبلی کی جانت  سے جاری کردہ تردید کو کسی نے بھی چھاپنے کی زحمت نہیں کی۔ انہوں نے کہا  کہ بعض بڑے معتبر اداروں کے عہدیداران نے بھی بے بنیاد خبر کو پھیلانے میں اپنا کردار ادا کیا۔اسپیکر نے کہا کہ ہم گزشتہ ایک ماہ کے دوران تیسرے آئی پی یو ایشیا پیسفیک سیمینار کو احسن طریقے سے منعقد کرنے میں کامیاب ہوئے۔


 اسپیکر نے کہا کہ گزشتہ ایک ماہ کے دوران قومی اسمبلی  نے دو  میگاہ ایونٹ کامیابی کے ساتھ منعقد کرائے ہیں جن میں 14اگست کے موقع پر ڈائمنڈ جوبلی تقریبات اور  آئی پی یو  ایشیا پیسفیک پارلیمانوں کا ایس ڈی جیز پر  سیمینار  شامل ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ڈائمنڈ جوبلی تقریبات میں پارلیمنٹ ہاوس میں بچوں ، خواتین ، اقلیتوں یہاں تک کہ پارلیمنٹ کے فلور پر خواجہ سرا کی آواز تک گونجی۔انہوں نے کہا کہ یہ پاکستانی عوام کی حقیقی آوازیں ہیں جو اس مقدس ایوان میں گونجی، ان تقریبات کےانعقاد کا مقصد  عوام  اور عوامی نمائندوں کے درمیان فاصلوں کو کم کرنا ہے۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ آئی پی سیمینار کا مقصد پاکستان میں عالمی موسمیاتی تبدیلیوں کی وجہ سے سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں سے  ہونے والے ناقابل تلافی نقصان کو عالمی سطح پر اجاگر کرنا تھا۔ جس میں ہم  نا صرف کامیاب ہونے بلکہ  ایشیا پیسیفک کے 34 ممالک کی کی مدد سے آئی پی یو کی اگلے ماہ روانڈا میں ہونے والی  آئی پی یو کانفرنس میں پاکستان میں سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں سے  ہونے والے نقصانات کے سلسلے میں  میں ایمرجنسی قراداد بھی پیش کی جائے گی۔ ملک کو درپیش معاشی مسائل کے پیش نظر ہم نے اس سیمینار کو انتہائی سادگی  اور کفایت شعاری سے پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں منعقد کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا بین الاقوامی نوعیت کے اس  سیمینار کو  پاکستان میں ماضی میں ہونے والی کانفرنسوں اور سیمینارز میں سب سے کم اخراجات میں منعقد کرایا گیا۔


اس موقع پر صدر پارلیمانی رپورٹرز ایسوسی ایشن (پی آر اے) نے آئی پی یو ایشیاء پیسیفک ریجن سیمینار کے کامیاب انعقاد پر اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی کو مبارکباد دی۔انہوں نے آئی پی یو سیمینار کے انعقاد کے موقع پر قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ کی جانب سے پی آر اے کے ساتھ مکمل تعاون پر اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ سیمینار سے متعلق تمام معلومات بروقت فراہم کی جاتی رہی ہیں۔انہوں نے پارلیمان کی کاروائی اور پارلیمان میں ہونے والی عوامی نمائندوں کی سرگرمیوں کو عوام تک پہنچانے میں اپنے مکمل تعاون کا یقین دلایا۔

تقریب کے آخر میں اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے صحافیوں کے سوالات کے جوابات دیے اور  انہیں درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنے کے لیے اپنے ہر ممکن تعاون کا یقین دلایا۔اسپیکر نے تقریب میں بھرپور شرکت پر پی آر اے ممبران کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔

 

 


قومی اسمبلی آف پاکستان نے موسمیاتی تباہی سے دوچار ممالک کے نقصان کے ازالے کے لییے بین الاقوامی فنڈ کے قیام کا باضابطہ مطالبہ کر دیا - September 15, 2022

اسلام آباد:15 ستمبر، 2022؛ ایشیا پیسفک کی پارلیمان کے سیمینار کے کامیاب انعقاد کے بعد اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کی ہدایت پر قومی اسمبلی آف پاکستان نے انٹر پارلیمانی یونین کو باضابطہ درخواست دے دی ہے کہ یونین روانڈا کے دارالحکومت کیگالی میں اگلے ماہ ہونے والے اپنے اجلاس میں یہ ہنگامی قرارداد منظوری کے لیے پیش کرے جس میں ترقی یافتہ ممالک سے مطالبہ کیا گیا ہے کہ وہ ماحولیاتی آلودگی کے باعث ترقی پزیر ممالک کو پہنچنے والے نقصان کے ازالے کے لیے ایک بین الاقوامی فنڈ قائم کریں۔
یہ درخواست آئی پی یو کے سیکرٹری جنرل کے نام سیکرٹری قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے لکھے گئے خط میں کیا گیا ہے۔

خط کے ہمراہ مجوزہ قرارداد کا متن بھی لف کیا گیا ہے جس میں عالمی برادری کی توجہ حالیہ سیلاب سے ہونے والی تباہی کی جانب مبذول کروائی گئی ہے ۔ قرارداد کے مطابق موسمیاتی تبدیلی کے باعث پاکستان کے بارانی علاقوں میں تباہی کن بارشوں اور سیلابی ریلوں کے باعث پندرہ سو ہلاکتیں ہوئیں جبکہ لاکھوں افراد بے گھر ہوئے جبکہ پاکستانی معیشت کو ہونے والے نقصان کا اب تک کا تخمینہ بیس ارب ڈالر سے زیادہ ہے۔

ایشیا پیسفک ممالک کے حالیہ سیمینار میں اسی جانب اشارہ کرتے ہوئے اسپیکر راجہ پرویز اشرف نے کہا تھا کہ ترقی یافتہ ممالک کی ترقی کی عمارت ترقی پزیر ممالک کی تباہی پر استوار نہیں ہوسکتی۔ یاد رہے کہ کاربن کے بین الاقوامی اخراج میں پاکستان کا حصہ ایک فیصد سے بھی کم ہے لیکن اس کا شمار ماحولیاتی آلودگی سے متاثرہ پانچ چوٹی کے ممالک میں ہوتا ہے۔ پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کی اس تجویز کو جہاں ایشا پیسفک کے ممالک کی حمایت حاصل ہے وہاں آئی پی یو کے صدر دواندرے پچیہو بھی اس قرارداد کی حمایت کا اعلان کر چکے ہیں۔


مریضوں کو بہتر صحت سہولیات فراہم کرنا پمز ہسپتال انتظامیہ کی ترجیح ہونی چاہیے ، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی - September 15, 2022



اسلام آباد : 15 ستمبر 2022: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے کہا کہ مریضوں کی فلاح و بہبود کیلئے پمز ہسپتال کے عملے کی خدمات قابل ستائش ہیں ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ صحت سے وابستہ علمے کی اپنے پیشے سے گہری وابستگی نا صرف دنیا بلکہ آخرت میں بھی باعث کامیابی ہے ۔انہوں نے میڈیکل سروسز کے شعبے سے وابستہ افراد کی خدمات کی حوصلہ افزائی اور تعریف کی ۔ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے آج پاکستان انسٹیٹیوٹ فار میڈیکل سروسز (پمز) کے نان گزیٹڈ سٹاف ویلفیئر آرگنائزیشن کے ممبران کی تقریب حلف برداری سے خطاب کرت ہوئے کیا۔

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے نچلے عملے کی جانب سے مریضوں کو اپنی گراں قدر خدمات پیش کرنے کی حوصلہ افزائی اور تعریف کی ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پمز ہسپتال عرصہ دراز سے نا صرف اسلام آباد بلکہ پورے ملک کے لوگوں کو صحت سہولیات فراہم کر رہا ہے ۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ پمز ہسپتال کے نچلے درجے کے عملے کے تمام مسائل انکی اولین ترجیح ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ بچلے عملے کے سروس اسٹرکچر کو بہتر کرنا اور یوٹیلٹی سٹور کی فراہمی کے مطالبات کو پورا کرنے میں وہ اپنا بھرپور کردار ادا کریں گے ۔

نو منتخب نان گزیٹڈ سٹاف ویلفیئر آرگنائزیشن کے اراکین نے حلف برداری کی تقریب میں شرکت کرنے پر اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کا شکریہ ادا کیا ۔


Ensuring Equitable Access to Health - September 14, 2022

A sideline breakout session titled “Ensuring Equitable Access to Health” at the 3rd Regional Asia-Pacific Seminar of IPU was held at Parliament House today. Ms Palitha Mahipala, WHO Representative and head of Mission to Pakistan, Ms Aleksandra Blagojevic, Programme Manager for International Development, IPU and Mr Habibe Millat, Former President of the IPU Advisory Group on Health, MP, Bangladesh and member National Assembly Nisar Ahmad Cheema, deputy speaker of Nepal, a representative from Vietnam, Srilankan and Iranian MPs spoke and expressed their views on the subject. They also shared their experiences. The session discussed health issues, especially after the Pandemic and debated ways to tackle them. The session stressed ensuring equitable access to health and implementation of the SDGs target to bring at least 5 billion people under the umbrella of Universal Health Care. The WHO head of mission in Pakistan called for allocating a sufficient budget for health and dispensing 4-5 % of their GDP in the health sector.


Session A ~ Ending hunger and malnutrition - September 14, 2022

Islamabad (13 Sep 2022): Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Shazia Marri resolved to achieve SDGs target to eradicate hunger and poverty while ensuring safe and nutritious food by 2030 and end all forms of malnutrition by 2035 in the country.

While addressing the sideline session on “Ending Hunger and Malnutrition” of the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Regional Seminar on Achieving SDGs, Federal Minister Shazia Marri said that COVID-19 and the recent floods have pushed the people into food insecurity.

The sideline session was aimed to discuss ways to successfully address population needs through the promotion of adequate policies and laws across sectors, including health, agriculture, education and gender equality, and to implement the SDGs by maximizing the available domestic resources for nutrition.

During the address, Federal Minister Shazia Marri referred to the report of The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) titled 2021 Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition and said that more than 375 million in the region faced hunger. She added that inflation, economic instability, and climate change disasters were leading towards food insecurity.

Federal Minister Shazia Marri said that we could fight food insecurity by investing in health, education and nutrition. While mentioning the success of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) intervention of Benazir Income Support Programme to increase the uptake of health and nutrition services of its beneficiaries, she said that by investing in food security and increasing nutrition, we could save the future generation.

During his address, she said that Pakistan was paying a huge price for carbon emission by other countries. Because of climate change, the recent rains had resulted in catastrophic floods, resulting in 33 million displaced citizens and over 1300 deaths. Moreover, 65% of the major crops, including cotton, dates, onion and rice, were destroyed, resulting in increased risk of malnutrition. She feared that agriculture production would fall in the years to come due to severe droughts.

Federal Minister Shazia Marri appreciated the appeal by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the world to help Pakistan during this difficult time.

Mehnaz Akber Aziz, a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, as a moderator of the session, remarked that the calamity-stricken Pakistan needed the support of the international community when crops, livestock, schools, health facilities and infrastructure had been destroyed. She feared that 40% of the population would be living under the poverty line if the same situation continues.

Mehnaz Akber Aziz said that the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Regional Seminar had provided the opportunity to huddle together and find solutions to the challenges being faced by the member countries.

Silvia Kaufmann from Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement underlined that better nutritional intake could help children to perform better in education, which ultimately help them to generate better income. She said that by investing in nutrition, a country could fight inequality and injustice.

Silvia Kaufmann said that nutrition was directly linked to all 17 SGDs. She blamed the Ukrainian conflict for the rise in malnutrition and hunger in the world since the political conflict had disrupted the food supply chain resulting in price increase.

She said that 1 in 5 children were suffering from stunted growth, while in South Asia women were more food insecure than men.

Silvia Kaufmann said that we had the knowledge and resources to fight malnutrition, we just needed to make appropriate policies to achieve the target. She said that parliamentarians, through policies, could help to end hunger and malnutrition.

Kraisid Tontisirin, Member of the Bureau of the IPU Standing Committee on Sustainable Development and MP of Thailand, expressed solidarity with the Pakistani people suffering due to the floods.

Kraisid Tontisirin said that Thailand had achieved success in alleviating mass malnutrition. He said hunger and malnutrition could be tackled by ensuring a healthy diet, sanitation, better health facilities and monitoring of the citizens. In order to fight malnutrition, he said that Thailand's government joined hands with community organizations to come up with mass mobilization to implement schemes for better health of the community. He opined that parliamentarians through legislation, oversight of development programmes and representation of their people could bring a positive change in the health of the citizens.

Sharada Devi Bhatta, a dignitary from Nepal, remarked that for a nation to be successful, child and mother's health was critical. She urged the dignitaries to put special attention on the health of the younger population and women.

A dignitary from Iran, Malek Fazel said that the success of any country depends on its human resource. He was of the view that a healthy population was more productive, which could help to eradicate poverty. Furthermore, if the education of girls was improved, then only a country could develop.

Dr Saba, while representing UNICEF in the seminar, said that when we were talking about nutrition, we were actually talking about the development of a country.

She informed that approximately half of the girls were anemic in the country. She said that to deal with malnutrition, we should adopt a multi-sectoral approach in which all components had to be aligned and work together to achieve the goal of food security.


Strong and fully functional Democracy is imperative for Peace, Stability and Development of the Country: NA Speaker - September 14, 2022

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STRONG AND FULLY FUNCTIONAL DEMOCRACY IS IMPERATIVE FOR PEACE, STABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad, September 14 2021: Democracy contributes towards socio-economic progress of the country, as well as ensures basic fundamental rights to all its citizens, said Speaker National Assembly Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani in their separate messages pertaining to International Democracy Day, commemorated every year on September fifteen.

The Speaker said that no country can progress without strengthening democratic values. He said that democracy gives the right to people to choose their elected representatives who are responsible for making laws and govern the country. In order to achieve these objectives, it’s the duty of all political parties to shun their differences and join hands to strengthen the democratic process in the country, he added.


The Speaker said that the beauty of democracy is that it finds indigenous solutions to the complex problems bedeviling the polity. It encourages participation of citizens, who are the real stakeholder, in taking charge of their lives. The public participation and ownership of state policies is the bedrock of democracy.”

On this occasion, the Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durani said that democracy is strengthening in Pakistan, and the consecutive smooth transition of power has strengthened the democratic system in the country. Democracy is the only way to guarantee our stability and to ensure our economic and social progress, the Deputy Speaker added.

34 countries of Asia Pacific agree to move Emergency resolution in the forthcoming IPU Conference in Rwanda to highlight the plight of flood affected people of Pakistan says NA Speaker - September 14, 2022

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34 countries of Asia Pacific  agree to move Emergency resolution in the forthcoming IPU Conference in Rwanda to highlight the plight of flood affected people of Pakistan says NA Speaker

Unwavering solidarity expressed by Asia Pacific countries to support people of Pakistan stands tall says Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf


Islamabad ; 14th September 2022; National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf  has termed the move of National Assembly of Pakistan a resounding success to make members of  Asia-pacific region agree  for presenting an emergency resolution at the forthcoming IPU General Assembly in Rwanda . This resolution would highlight the plight of the flood-affected people of Pakistan and the consequences of climate degradation on vulnerable economies of developing countries.
The Speaker Expressed these views while addressing the concluding session of 3rd IPU Seminar jointly organized by National Assembly of Pakistan and IPU.
“Unwavering solidarity that all participating countries have expressed in support of the resilient people of Pakistan stands tall in an exemplary and united effort to face the devastation caused by the recent floods.” the Speaker added
Global Climate Change has become a menace and existential threat to this planet and for up-coming generations.
He also stressed, “Parliamentarians have the Constitutional role and responsibility to play an important role in supporting and overseeing the implementation of SDGs. The Speaker also claimed that an uncompromising resolve to implement the SDGs national plan would make this planet a more livable, prosperous and safer place for future generations.
Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has extended felicitation to all participants for successful organization of 3rd IPU Regional Seminar for the Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Achieving SDGs.
He also expressed his gratitude to the President of the IPU Mr. Duarte Pacheco and the entire IPU staff for their continuous and close cooperation with the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Convener SDGs MNA Ms.Romina Khursheed Alam also drew the attention of participants towards devastating floods that have affected one-third of the country and have impacted over 33 million people. The flood's preliminary economic damage estimates exceed $10 billion. Food insecurity and malnutrition were already at critical levels in areas severely impacted by the floods. Pakistan has only contributed 0.4% of global CO2 emissions since 1954, but it is paying a heavy price for climate change.
She also requested the Speaker National Assembly to move an emergency item at the forthcoming IPU General Assembly in Rwanda to highlight the plight of the flood affected people of Pakistan and the consequences of climate degradation.


Speaker, Convener SDGs and IPU President urge Parliamentarians from Asia-Pacific to support flood-ravaged Pakistan, during the inaugural of the 3rd IPU Seminar - September 13, 2022

The primary session of the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Regional Seminar on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals for Parliaments of Asia-Pacific was held at the Parliament House, Islamabad. The session was attended by the Parliamentarians from the IPU member states from the Asia Pacific Region.

Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Convener, National Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs while moderating the session said that the two-day moot was being held in a bid to sensitize the international community particularly Members countries of IPU about the dystopic climate-induced catastrophe in Pakistan. The climate breakdown in the form of record torrential rains and super floods across the country directly affected almost one-third population. The extent of damage was unimaginable as thousands had lost their lives; infrastructure, industry and agriculture were adversely hit. She stressed that Pakistan needed massive support from the international community to fight global climate change and fulfill its commitments pertaining to SDGs.

Mr. Duarte Pacheco, President, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Member of Parliament in Portugal, lauded the efforts extended by the Speaker to millions of distressed and distraught people of Pakistan in the wake of massive torrential rains and super floods. He appreciated the Speaker’s efforts in organizing the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Seminar of Asia pacific region on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. He termed that the event would hopefully prove pivotal in attracting the support of flood victims of the country.      

Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan in his welcome remarks expressed his gratitude to the participants for honoring his call for immediate support for the flood-ravaged Pakistan. He mourned over the fact that the country had suffered losses in excess of 30 billion US dollars. It was almost impossible to undo the colossal damages alone. The international community had to step forward to help Pakistan in that grim hour of grief. He emphasized that Pakistan was not a contributor to carbon emissions, but it was among the most affected countries. He underscored that climate change was a global problem and requires a global solution. The recent calamity after CoVID-19 had badly hampered Pakistan’s ability to attain SDGs. Therefore, we need to enhance regional collaboration and develop close liaisons to address all impediments to the achievement of promised goals.


بین الپارلیمانی یونین کے روانڈہ میں ہونے والے اگلے اجلاس میں تباہ کن سیلاب کے تناظر میں ایمرجنسی قرارداد لائی جائے گی، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی - September 13, 2022

حالیہ سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں کے تناظر میں آئی پی یوسیمینار  کا کامیاب انعقاد  ایک شاندار کاوش ہے؛ اسپیکر راجہ پرویز اشرف*

 
*آئی پی یو کے صدر کا تمام بین الاقوامی فورمز پر پاکستان کا ساتھ دینے کا اعلان۔*

 

اسلام آباد؛ 13 ستمبر ، 2022: حالیہ سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں کے تناظر میں آئی پی یوسیمینار کا کامیاب انعقاد ایک شاندار کاوش ہے۔ بین الپارلیمانی یونین کے رونڈہ میں ہونے والے اگلے اجلاس میں تباہ کن سیلاب کے تناظر میں ایمرجنسی قرارداد لائی جائے گی جس میں  موحولیات کو نقصان پہچانے والے ترقی یافتہ ممالک متاثر ہونے والے ممالک کو ہرجانہ کرنے کا مطالبہ کیا جائے گا  راجہ پرویز اشرف اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا اعلان ۔ان خیالات کا اظہار اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف نے بین الپارلیمانی یونین کے  ایشیا پیسفیک ریجن کی پارلیمانون کے پائیدار ترقی کے اہداف کے حصول منعقد ہونے والے تیسرے علاقائی اجلاس کی افتتاحی تقریب کے شرکا سے خطاب سے کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

 سیمینار کے شرکاء سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے آئی پی یو کے صدر نے تمام بین الاقومی فورمز پر پاکستان کا ساتھ دینے کا اعلان کر دیا ۔ اسپیکر نے کہا کہ حالیہ سیلابوں میں پاکستان کی معیشت کو  18 ارب ڈالر کا نقصان ہوا، 3 ہزار سے زیادہ افراد  جان بحق ہوئے۔علاہ ازیں صحت، تعلیم، مواصلات اور بجلی کا نظام بری طرح متاثر ہوا، اس کا ازالہ کون کرئے گا، اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا  عالمی برادری سے سوال۔پاکستان اور دیگر ترقی پذیر ممالک کا ماحول کی بربادی میں 1فیصد سے بھی کم حصہ ہے تاہم اس کے نتیجے میں ہونے والا 90 فیصد نقصان ان ممالک کا ہے، ماحولیاتی کی بربادی پائیدار ترقی کے اہداف کے حصول میں سب سے بڑا چیلنج ہے۔ 

 دنیا کے وہ ترقی یافتہ ممالک جن کے باعث ماحولیات کو نقصان پہنچاہے وہ یہ یاد رکھیں کے اُن کی ترقی کی عمارت ترقی پذیر ممالک کی تباہی  پر کھڑی ہے، یہ ناانصافی برداشت نہیں کی جا سکتی ۔ بین الاقوامی امن کے لیے بین الاقوامی مساوات  کا ہونا اور  ترقی کے ثمرات کی مساوی تقسیم ضروری ہے

 


An Emergency Resolution To Highlight The Unprecedented Havoc Caused By Devastated Flood In Pakistan To Be Presented In The Next Session Of The IPU Conference In Rwanda Says NA Speaker - September 13, 2022

 

 

 
THE SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATION OF THE IPU-SEMINAR IS A STRIKING EFFORT TO HIGHLIGHT DEVASTATION CAUSED BY RECENT FLOOD IN PAKISTAN: SPEAKER RAJA PERVIAZ ASHRAF
 
Islamabad; 13th September 2022: In a bid to highlight the unprecedented havoc caused by recent devastating Flood, the successful organization of IPU seminar is a remarkable effort of National Assembly of Pakistan. An emergency resolution will be presented in the context of the devastating flood in Pakistan in the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Rwanda. 
 
This resolution is to present a forceful demand that developed countries must compensate for irreparable socio-economic losses due to climate change in developing countries. Speaker of the National Assembly, Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed these views while addressing the inaugural Session 3rd IPU Seminar of Parliaments of Asia-Pacific to achieve Sustainable Development Goals at Parliament House today.
 
While addressing the Seminar, the President of IPU announced to support Pakistan at all international forums. In the recent floods, Pakistan's economy suffered a colossal loss of 18 Billion Dollars and more than 3 thousand people lost their lives. In addition to this, Health, Education, Communication and Electricity systems were badly affected. 
Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf raised a question to the international community that who would compensate irretrievable losses caused by climate change as Pakistan and other developing countries have less than 1% share in environmental degradation, but 90% of the shattering consequences are being faced by these countries.
The developed countries of the world, responsible for due to which the environmental damage, must remember that the building of their development is standing on the destruction of the developing countries. This injustice cannot be tolerated. International equality and equitable sharing of the fruits of development are essential for international peace.

Speaker National Assembly visited the British High Commission, Islamabad for signing condolences book on the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. - September 12, 2022

Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan visited British High Commission, Islamabad to sign the condolences book opened after the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The British High Commissioner in Islamabad received the Speaker on his arrival at the High Commission.

In his remarks, the Speaker National Assembly offered his deepest condolences and sympathies to the Royal family and the people of the United Kingdom for this great loss.

He stated that the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the end of an era spanning over a period of seven decades which was characterized by Her Majesty’s services to the British people and Commonwealth community.

He also recalled that Her Majesty also addressed the joint sitting of the Parliament of Pakistan in 1997 and expressed her strong desire for peace for peace and stability in South Asia.


The Best Way To Pay Homage To Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Is To Follow His Guiding Principles To Take This Country On To The Path Of Progress And Prosperity, Speaker/Deputy Speaker NA - September 10, 2022

 

Islamabad, 10 September 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani while paying homage to the father of the nation Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, have said that Quaid-E-Azam remained steadfast in all difficulties, and his tireless efforts resulted in to the creation of this beautiful homeland. They expressed these views in their separate messages on the occasion of 74th death anniversary of Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The speaker said that the country could be set on the path of progress and prosperity only by following the guiding principles of the Quaid-E-Azam, “Unity, Faith and discipline.” He urged all political parties to set aside  their differences and work collectively for the betterment of the country.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani said that the establishment of a state under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam was a unique event in the history of the world. He further said that the Quaid-e-Azam single-handedly fought with the British and the Hindus and won the country by his strong arguments. He said that we could lead this country on the path of development only by following the guidelines of Quaid-i-Azam.


NA Speaker condoles death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - September 9, 2022

Raja Pervez Ashraf extended his deepest condolences and sympathies  to the family, friends, the people and government of Britain on the sad demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He stated that Pakistan would always remember the Queen for her tireless efforts to promote peace between Pakistan and India through amicable resolution of all issues including that of Jammu and Kashmir.

He recalled  the day when she addressed the joint sitting of Pakistan's Parliament back in 1997 and expressed her strong desire to see a peaceful region by addressing all causes of concern.

Her Majesty's visits to Pakistan back in 1961 and then in 1997  to mark 50 years of independence of Pakistan  not only reflected her affection and love for the country and its inhabitants but also echoed her strong desire to consolidate bilateral relations with Pakistan.

In recognition of Her Majesty's innumerable contributions towards strengthening and betterment of Pakistan she was conferred with the highest civilian award of Pakistan-Nishan-i-Pakistan.


Winning Or Losing A Game Matters But Accepting Defeat With Grace Is A Virtue: Says NA Speaker - September 8, 2022

Islamabad; 8, September, 2022: Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan congratulated Pakistan’s cricket team over a thrilling win against Afghanistan. He remarked that Pakistan played superbly and won a nail-biter, but the Afghanistan team also deserves full credit for a similar display of skills. The game was a perfect epitome of passion, aggression and excitement till the very last over of the game.

Though the game brought smiles all-around but witnessing incidences of heated exchange of words and altercation were equally painful. The game demands not only grit and skills but also an ability to cope with difficult situations in a professional and graceful manner. Sportsmanship should be displayed at all times.

Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoy very cordial and brotherly relations and always supported each other in testing times. The same spirit should continue to lead the way in all our dealings at all times.


NA Speaker urges to further expand parliamentary cooperation between China & Pakistan in a meeting with Ambassador of China - September 7, 2022

September 7, 2022: Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan was called upon by His Excellency Mr. Nong Rong Noon, Ambassador of China in Pakistan, today, at the Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Emissary congratulated Raja Pervez Ashraf on his election as Speaker of the Assembly. While remarking on the havoc wreaked by floods in Pakistan, he said both Government and people of China equally share the pain felt by Pakistan. China has extended assistance in both cash and kind and her country would continue to lend a helping hand as it always did.

The Speaker expressed gratitude to the Ambassador on the support and love received from to Government of China and its people. He further said that China had always proved that friendship between the two countries was exemplary. Both countries had extended support to each other at critical junctures both at local and international fora.

While commenting on promoting parliamentary cooperation between the two states, the Speaker underscored the importance of regular parliamentary exchanges. Such interactions would help in learning from parliamentary experiences of each other and create mutual opportunities under CPEC to work for the benefit of their respective diaspora.

The Speaker also conveyed his condolences on recent earthquake in China which took away many precious lives apart from damaging infrastructure. He also assured the envoy that Pakistan was fully cognizant of its responsibilities to protect and provide conducive working conditions to Chinese brethren living in the country and no one would be allowed to sabotage bilateral relations between the two states.


Speaker National Assembly takes serious notice of the malicious media campaign pertaining Parliamentary delegation’s recent visit to Canada - September 7, 2022

September 7,2022: Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly has taken serious notice of malicious media campaign surrounding Parliamentary delegation’s recent visit to Canada in connection with the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) .

The Speaker has directed National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting to hold inquiry and expose elements involved in such uncalled-for and politically motivated propaganda.
Visit was undertaken with the intention of sensitizing international community about the dystopic affects of climate breakdown in Pakistan. The delegation successfully presented Pakistan’s case and received a very positive response from counter parliaments and general public.

However, some factions tried to sabotage Parliament’s diplomatic efforts via mudslinging and unfounded accusation based on their myopic view and inadequate as well as unverified information, which was totally in contrast to the factual position.
Allegation that the Speaker attended the CPC with a 25 member delegation was a farce and against ground realities. Pakistan was entitled to only 5 member delegation. Of these 5, two had been nominated by the Senate and three, including the Speaker were to come from National Assembly. However owing to sudden floods in her constituency, Dr. Nafisa Shah regretted her participation and hence he participated with only one member, namely Rumina Khursheed Alam.

In addition to these two honorable parliamentarians, the Secretary National Assembly was participating in a sideline Conference of the "Society of Clerks and Secretaries of Parliament". Likewise, Additional Secretary Special Initiatives was invited by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as Regional Secretary in recognition of his services for successfully hosting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Asia Region's Secretariat for 3 consecutive years. As the delegation was very limited in number, AS (SI) had to singlehandedly assist the entire delegation apart from performing his duties as Regional Secretary.

Besides, it was also flaunted that the delegation spent 1.6 million US dollar from national exchequer. However, the actual expenses would not more than a fraction of it.

It is noteworthy that the Secretariat immediately issued a comprehensive statement on the matter to clear the air. Yet, some sections of the media continued to propagate false information to suffice their ulterior motives. Such anti-state activities warrant appropriate action in order to preserve the sanctity and inviolability of the supreme and most prestigious institute of the country.


NA Of Pakistan To Host 3rd Ipu Regional Seminar On Achieving (SDGs) For The Parliaments Of Asia- Pacific From 13th To 14th September - September 6, 2022

Islamabad: 6th September 2022; In a bid to raise awareness regarding the devastations caused by the ongoing floods and to highlight the plight of flood affectees, the National Assembly of Pakistan is hosting the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Regional Seminar on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Parliaments of Asia-Pacific from September 13-14 in Islamabad.
The event is being held in the backdrop of the devastating rains, floods and landslides that have impacted more than 33 million people in different parts of Pakistan; over 1,100 people, including over 350 children have lost their lives, more than 1,600 people have been injured, over 287,000 houses have been fully and 662,000 partially destroyed, over 735,000 livestock have perished and 2 million acres of crops have been adversely impacted, besides severe damage to communications infrastructure.


This Regional Seminar aims to highlight the vulnerabilities of developing countries especially the countries of the Asia-Pacific region from the ever-intensifying impacts of global climate change. The National Assembly of Pakistan, by using this platform, aims to sensitize the foreign parliamentarians to advocate for climate change in the region by witnessing the intensity and magnitude of climate catastrophe first hand in Pakistan.

The two-day event comprises of two days of diverse activities. Its inaugural session would be graced by Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, welcome remarks by Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf, and speech of Secretary General IPU, Mr. Martin Chungong. The Seminar also consists of breakout sessions on ‘SDGs implementation in Asia- Pacific’, Envisioning Inclusive Development’, ‘promoting Quality education and decent work for Youth’, Ensuring Equitable access to health, ‘Parliamentary mechanism and practices to institutionalise the SDGs, ‘Women at the center of development Agenda’, Building resilience to preserve our common future.

The participants and representatives from the Seminar would be given the opportunity to physically observe the incalculable loss to the lives and properties of the ordinary people of Pakistan due to devastating floods. In this context, the NA of Pakistan would also arrange a visit of participants to flood-affected areas and campuses. The aforementioned Seminar would be held in the National Assembly Hall, in order to cut the expenses keeping in view the huge blow to the economy of Pakistan as a consequence of the devastating floods, the money saved would later be donated for the rehabilitation of the flood affected. The Seminar upon conclusion intends to set out a well-coordinated and inclusive plan of action to respond to the needs of the affected people in this grim hour of need.


Formation of National Discourse on Climate Change; Obligation of Intelligentsia and Academia - September 5, 2022

National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan is vulnerable to climate change even though it contributes less than 1 percent of global Greenhouse Gasses that warm our planet. While mentioning the damages to life and property in the country caused by recent devastating torrential rains and floods, he said that the agricultural lands become submerged and all major crops and live stocks have been destroyed across the country. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural session of the First International Conference on “Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Development & Food Security" organized by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Islamabad.
The Speaker said that the National Assembly of Pakistan is effectively highlighting challenges due to climate change through vibrant parliamentary democracy. He added that the Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs oversees progress on the climate-related goal of SDGs while Standing Committee on climate change also actively scrutinizes government climate action and environmental response.
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf also called on the global community to take action to tackle the climate crisis and come forward to help Pakistan as it has been affected the most. He further mentioned that the National Assembly of Pakistan in collaboration with the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) is hosting a regional seminar that will focus on the ongoing climate catastrophe and this Seminar will also draw the world’s attention to the economic and human losses faced by our people, for which we are not even responsible.  
While appreciating the efforts of the organizers for taking the initiative to hold a dialogue on the importance of introducing climate resilient agriculture in the country, the Speaker expressed hope that this conference would be fruitful for the formation of the national discourse on agriculture and food security.
Prof. Dr. Sher Muhammad Chairman Department of Agriculture Sciences AIOU expressed gratitude to Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf for inaugurating this seminar. He said that the common people in the country are suffering due to torrential rains and flash floods and it is the obligation of the international community to come forward and save the country from the scourge of devastation caused by climate change.


NA Speaker meets Members Canadian Parliament on the sideline of 65th CPC - August 29, 2022

Pakistani Diaspora in Canada connect both countries stronger  

Islamabad : 27th August 2022; On sideline of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf had meetings with Member of the Canadian Parliament Salma Zahid and Mr. Kaleed Rasheed, Minister of Public and Business service delivery for Ontario. The two sides discussed a wide array of bilateral relations and especially focusing on enhancing trade, promoting people-to-people contacts, parliamentary diplomacy, addressing the immigration issues faced by the Pakistani applicants and facilitating issuance of visas to the Pakistani students. MP Zahid and Minister Rasheed assured their full support in the matter. The Speaker appreciated the achievements of the Pakistani diaspora in Canada and the role played by them in strengthening the friendship between the two countries. The Speaker also highlighted the steps taken by the Government of Pakistan to provide relief to the victims of devastating floods in Pakistan and urged the Pakistani diaspora to come forward to help their Pakistani brethren in this hour of need.


In a telephonic conversation with NA Speaker, Turkiye Speaker Expressed grief over loss of innocent lives and properties due to severe floods in country - August 29, 2022

August 29, 2022: The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sentop phoned the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf to condole on disastrous floods resulting in the loss of innocent lives and infrastructure.

At the outset, the Speaker National Assembly thanked his Türkiye counterpart and the Türkiye government for the timely dispatch of the team for flood relief assistance. The Speaker Pervez Ashraf highlighted that since June 2022, Pakistan had witnessed the highest rainfall on record. This had caused widespread flooding and landslides, with extreme repercussions for human lives, livelihoods, livestock, property and infrastructure. The disaster would likely be compounded by riverine floods as well, he added.

The Speaker stressed that extensive damages to infrastructure was further impeding the relocation of people to safe locations and the effective delivery of assistance.

The Türkiye Speaker expressed his sympathies with the government, parliament and people of Pakistan and said that Türkiye was ready to extend its all-out support to the brotherly Pakistan in these times of crisis. While conveying his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the natural calamity, the Türkiye Speaker said that the hearts and minds of the Türkiye people were with their brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

The Speaker thanked his Türkiye counterpart and reiterated his commitment towards promoting bilateral ties in all spheres.


NA Speaker along with all Parliamentarians donated One month's salary and Two days' Salary of all NA Employees for flood relief - August 26, 2022

In wake of the devastation caused by the floods, especially in the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, KPK and Gilgit Baltistan, the Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has announced the donation of ONE Month salary of All MNAs, including himself, and TWO-DAY salary of all employees of National Assembly for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation for the flood affectees.

Speaker Parvez Ashraf, presently in Canada to attend the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Assembly, raised this issue during his various meetings with the Speakers of Canada, Australia, Malaysia, the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and others and uprised them of the damages done by floods. In his meetings with the Expatriate community, Speaker Pervez Ashraf has also appealed to the overseas Pakistanis, philanthropists and well-placed Pakistanis to come forward, shedding all political, religious or cultural differences and unite as one nation to jointly help their brothers and sisters in distress.

In line with the instructions of the Speaker, the National Assembly of Pakistan is also establishing a special counter to coordinate the donation activities.


Parliament to Parliament contacts vital for strengthening ties between Pakistan & Korea - August 24, 2022

Acting Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani has said that Pakistan and the Republic of Korea enjoy long-standing diplomatic and economic relations. He said that both countries share a unanimity of views on important regional and global issues. He said that Pakistan always desires to strengthen its relations with the Republic of Korea by establishing Parliamentary and Economic ties. He expressed these views in a meeting with the Korean Parliamentary delegation headed by Mr. Lee Hack Young, in Islamabad today.
 
The Acting Speaker emphasized the need for strengthening ties between parliaments of both countries and said that the parliamentarians of both countries can play an important role in expanding bilateral relations between both nations. While talking about the development of bilateral cooperation, he said that there are ample opportunities for enhancing cooperation in industry, technology, energy and other economic sectors in both countries, which can be utilized to promote the development and prosperity of both countries. While inviting Korean investors to invest in Pakistan, he said that the incumbent government of Pakistan is introducing investor-friendly policies in the country, from which Korean investment firms can benefit. He told the members of the delegation that Pakistan has a lot of religious tourism opportunities. While inviting them to visit the  Buddhist tourist places, he said that there are holy places of Gandhara civilization, Buddhist archeology and beautiful tourist places in Pakistan. He also invited Korean businessmen and traders to invest in Pakistan as Pakistan is a land of opportunities. He also thanked the people and government of Korea for providing the best facilities to the Pakistani diaspora working in Korea.

The Acting Speaker also invited the Korean Parliamentary delegation to attend IPU regional Seminar on SDGs being organized by the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Mr. Lee Hack Young, head of Korean - Pak Parliamentary Friendship Group expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome. He also expressed his special gratitude for supporting Korean Nationals for their exit from Afghanistan. The Members of the Korean Parliament Mr.Lee Sangheon, Mr. Kim Byungio and Mr. An Byunggil also shared their vision and asked for cooperation from the Pakistan government for facilitating Korean traders and investors in Pakistan.

Earlier, the Korean Parliamentarians delegation also visited the National Assembly Hall and Senate Hall.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister MNA Junaid Anwar, Chairman PAC Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA Syed Mehmood Ahmed and Senior officers of the National Assembly.


NA Speaker and President of the Senate in the Australian Parliament held meeting on the sideline of 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference - August 24, 2022

Halifax Canada 24thAugust 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf held a meeting with The President of the Senate in the Australian Parliament Sue Lines on the sidelines of the 65th CPC in Halifax, Canada. In the meeting, he extended an invitation to the President of the Senate in the Australian Parliament to visit Pakistan.
He also informed the Senate President about the holding of the IPU Regional Seminar on SDGs being organized by the National Assembly of Pakistan and invited her to attend the Seminar.
He stressed the need of enhancing Parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. He also sought expanded cooperation in the fields of trade, technology, education and parliamentary interaction. He opined that parliamentary diplomacy was of great value for building meaningful relations between two countries.He also briefed the Senate President about the splendid events of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of 1st Constituent Assembly of Pakistan

The President of the Senate in the Australian Parliament Sue Lines welcomed the ideas and remarks of the Speaker of Pakistan and informed that she had also recently invited the Aboriginal Women to visit the Parliament. She said that Australia had sent a new Ambassador to Pakistan and hoped that under his tenure, the relationship of the two countries would further enhance. She also touched upon the ongoing Cricket interaction between the two countries and noted that sports was yet another area of interaction between the two nations. She also informed that many Pakistani students were studying in Australia, which provided a remarkable chance of deepening relations between Pakistan and Australia.

Federal Minister for Law & Justice Azam Tarar was also present during the meeting. He said that being Commonwealth Countries, Australia and Pakistan had a lot in common and were similar when it came to the system of governance, justice and law. He noted that the basic tannest of law of both the countries were drafted by one man: Lord Macaulay. This provided an excellent opportunity of joint cooperation and sharing best practices for the promotion of good governance and speedy justice in the respective countries. He also informed that in his capacity as the Bar leader, he was instrumental in revamping and redrafting the law education in Pakistan and in this respect had signed agreements with the Universities and law schools of the US and England. He sought similar collaboration with the Australian universities. The Senate President welcomed the idea.

Furthermore, Senator Saleem Mandwiwala, said that in his earlier role as the Deputy Chair of the Senate, he had realized well that parliamentary diplomacy provided far better and effective space in resolving issues between states than the formal diplomatic channels. He noted that although there were friendship groups in each parliament with their sister parliaments yet these were not used to their full potential. Convener SDGs MNA Romina Khurshid Alam briefed the Australian delegation on the work of the SDGs Secretariat and the efforts put in to bring the development agenda within the fold of the parliamentary business. She specifically briefed about the upcoming SDGs Seminar and handed over a copy of the invitation of the Seminar to the Senate President. Australia is a Member of the IPU’s Asia Pacific Group.
The Senate President took keen interest in the Children’s Session of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and congratulated the Speaker of Pakistan on holding this event. She also praised the role of Pakistani women parliamentarians and noted that the country had given to the world the first Muslim woman prime minister and the first Muslim woman speaker.


Pakistani diaspora have vital role to play for socio-economic development of country: NA Speaker - August 20, 2022

Islamabad: 20th August 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistani diaspora have vital role to play for socio-economic development of Pakistan. He said that they are part and parcel of our community and they are always striving hard to propogate soft image of the country in foreign countries. He expressed these views in his meeting with Pakistani immigrants in Paris today as the Speaker along with Parliamentary delegation departs for Canada to attend 65th Common Wealth Parliamentary conference.

The Speaker said that Pakistani are hard working and dedicated nation. He said that Pakistani have proved their worth due to honesty and skillfulness in different professions. He also urged Pakistani community in Paris to continue to work for socio-economic development of country. He praised the role of Pakistani community in this regard.

Pakistani community Representatives in Paris, France  expressed their gratitude and they resolved to work hard for building the soft image of country.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - August 15, 2022

NA Speaker Felicitates Syed Shamoon Ashraf Hashmi Additional Secretary NA for conferment of President's Award for Pride of Performance - August 15, 2022

slamabad: 15th August 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that National Assembly is the prime constitutional institution and its officers and officials are assets for this organization. He said that officers of this organization are praiseworthy in their technical work and experience. He expressed these views,  while congratulating  Additional Secretary National Assembly of Pakistan Syed Shamoon Ashraf Hashmi for conferment of President’s Award of Pride of Performance for Art on the occasion of 75th Independence day of Pakistan.

The Speaker said that such officers are torch bearer for all other officers and officials to emulate. He also praised the contribution of Syed Shamoon Ashraf Hashmi for his valuable input to enhance organizational efficiency. He said that  National Assembly is proud of his outstanding performance and his consistent and dedicated services for this organization and for the  country. The Speaker expressed hope that the said officer would continue to contribute in the best interest of country and National Assembly of Pakistan.


Provision Of Fundamental Rights To Children Would Ensure Bright Future For The Country: NA Speaker; First Ever Convention On Children Held In National Assembly Hall In Connection With Diamond Jubilee Celebration Of 1st Constituent Assembly - August 13, 2022

Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan is a country blessed with a major portion of the youth population and the provision of fundamental rights to our youth would ensure a bright future for the country. He said that it is our collective responsibility to ensure fundamental rights of education, health and security for our children. He also said that the bright future of the country is interlinked with our vibrant youth. He expressed these views while inaugurating the first ever child convention held in connection with Diamond Jubilee celebration of the 1st constituent Assembly in National Assembly Hall today.

While mentioning the significance of children to ensure a bright future for the country, he said that there is a need to secure every child so that he or she can be a productive part of our society. He said that the next seventy-five years would be built by these children and this convention would make our children well aware of our Parliamentary democracy. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan would continue to strive for legislation for children's rights. He said that there is an urgent need to end child labor and child harassment by enacting strict laws. While appreciating the Services of Sweet Homes to support our needy children, He stressed the need to support such cause.

While mentioning various initiatives of the National Assembly Secretariat for engaging youth like youth internship and visits of school and children to Parliament House, the Speaker said that engaging children in legislative matters would make them feel ownership of this system.

During the children's convention, children of all segments of schools asked questions regarding their important issues and Parliamentarians replied to these questions. The issues related to child Labor, Single National Curriculum, Child Harassment, and lack of health and education opportunities. The children also delivered speeches on diverse topics. All Participants praised the initiative of Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf for inviting children for the first time to Parliament House.  

A unanimous declaration was also adopted where it was re-affirmed that our children are assets and we would continue to protect our children. It was also committed that children would be provided all fundamental rights to ensure our bright future.

The Convention on Children was attended by Parliamentarians and a large number of children from government and private sector schools.


NA Speaker pays tribute to Parliamentarians for their struggle to uphold Democratic Norms in the Country - August 13, 2022

Islamabad: 13th August 2022; National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Parliamentarians are the precious asset of Pakistan's democratic and constitutional struggle and the nation is proud of them. He said that these are parliamentarians whose efforts and sacrifices have protected the right of expression and sanctity of speech in the beloved country. He expressed these views during his speech to the Convention of Parliamentarians held in connection with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the 1st constituent Assembly in National Assembly Hall today.
He said that Parliament is the only source of all powers and authority in the county. He said that this house is also the source of all power. He also said that authority and law originate from this house. He also said that institutions are created by this house and the decision of this Honorable house is the final word in state matters. He said that the state has entrusted the duty of being a mother to this House and the sanctity, honor and respect of a mother is a duty on all of us. He said that this house has witnessed the faces of the creators of the Unanimous  Constitution of 1973. This Constitution is the chain of integrity, unity and development of the Federation of Pakistan. This is the constitution which the great scholars of their time Mr. Maulana Mufti Mehmood, Mr. Abdul Wali Khan, Mr. Noor Ul Amin, Mr. Sher Baz Mazari, Mr. Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani, Mr. Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, Mr. Professor Ghafoor Ahmed, Dr. Abdul Hai Baloch. And all political schools of thought, including Mr. Sardar Shaukat Hayat, leaders outside the assembly including the leaders of democracy, Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, Mr. Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo and Mr. Abdul Samad Achakzai had full support and patronage for framing of this constitution.
He said that this constitution is now a sacred trust with us and it is our duty to fulfill the right of this sacred trust. He said We have to be the voice of the people, the nobles, the laborers, the farmers, the traders, the non-Muslim Pakistanis, the women, the youth and our innocent children, the defenders and the practical guarantors of their rights. He said that we should no longer be limited to legislation, but should exercise the right to public representation by effectively using our primary parliamentary oversight function.
He said that Thirty-five years ago today, the renowned artist of the country, Mr. Saeed Akhtar, was entrusted with the task of creating a portrait of the Quaid-e-Azam for the first directly elected Legislative House. He said that in the shadow of Mr. Saeed Akhtar's artwork, the first directly elected Assembly not only took the oath but also made the constitution; the first elected Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mr. Muhammad Khan Junejo also took oath under the same picture in 1977 and 1985 assemblies. He informed that When this new House was built in 1986, that image remained in the State Bank Building itself, which was later destroyed due to the events of the time. The National Assembly Secretariat was fighting the case for getting this picture for the last 12 years which finally succeeded after I became Speaker and under my personal supervision this picture was restored not only with the advice of Mr. Saeed Akhtar but finally after thirty-five years. The original picture has been re-displayed in this esteemed House.  He was specially invited to the convention today to acknowledge his services. Former and Present Parliamentarians, Renowned Politicians, leaders of Political Parties and Women Parliamentarians attended the convention.
 


Development of the country is interlinked with empowering our talented women; NA Speaker Inaugurates first ever Women Parliamentarians Convention in National Assembly Hall - August 11, 2022

Islamabad: 12th August 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that women are part and parcel component in development and progress of the country. He said that the history of Pakistan is evident from the fact that women political leaders along with their men counterparts struggled shoulder by shoulder to achieve the goal of independence. He said that on the eve of 75 Independence Day of our beloved country, let's recognize the sacrifices and struggle of our women on every front. He expressed these views while inaugurating the first ever convention of women Parliamentarians held in connection with Diamond Jubilee Celebration of First Constituent Assembly held in National Assembly Hall today.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that women in Pakistan have proved their worth in all spheres of life by hard work and commitment. He said that our history is also evident in the fact that our women Parliamentarians always remained side by side with their counterparts for strengthening democratic norms in society. He said that it was Mohtarma Fatima Ali Jinnah who contested presidential elections and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto became first women Prime Minister of a Muslim country. He said that we also have the model of Mohtarma Dr. Fehmida Mirza who became the 1st women Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan. He said that women in Pakistan have proved their worth in all domains of life.

A resolution regarding empowering women and encouraging them at every platform of life was unanimously adopted in convention. The resolution also reaffirmed that all National and international commitment to provide basic rights to women would be fulfilled in letter and Spirit.

In his concluding remarks, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that he was politically nourished by our great leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who is the real icon of political struggle and democracy. He said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto proved that women are resolute and determined.

The Women Parliamentary Convention was attended by women Parliamentarians, former women Parliamentarians and prominent women representation from diverse segments of life.


Effective Parliament Ensures Prosperity And Inclusive Development: NA Speaker; Speaker And Deputy Speaker Special Message On The Diamond Jubilee Of The 1st Constituent Assembly Of Pakistan - August 9, 2022

Islamabad: 9th August 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani remarked that Parliament being the representative of the masses can ensure prosperity and inclusive development in the country. They said that legislating for the welfare of common people would bring positive changes in their lives. They expressed these views on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the 1st Constituent Assembly of Pakistan which held its first Session on 10th August 1947.

The Speaker said that the incumbent Parliament is cognizant of its responsibilities and exercising its parliamentary oversight of the executive. He remarked that both Treasury and opposition benches have a vital role to play in strengthening Parliament as Parliament is the place where decisions are made on the basis of the aspirations of the masses. He said the Opposition plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of the Parliament. He also mentioned that this parliament is a true representative of people who would strengthen democracy and democratic norms in the country.  

The Speaker said that Parliament represents the will of the common people and it is the only forum that can effectively raise the issues of the masses. He said that it is the institution of Parliament that nourishes democratic values and norms in any society.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durani said that Parliament represents democracy and democratic values. He said that parliament is the place where policies are made as per the aspirations and demands of the masses. He said that this coalition government is especially focusing on bringing positive changes in the lives of common people.
 


Difficulties being faced by Ummah can be overcome with the spirit of sacrifices and unflinching determination - August 8, 2022

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani in their separate messages to the nation on Yaum-e-Ashura, have 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 were a unique exhibition of the spirit of patience and martyrdom described in the Holy Qur’an.

On this occasion, the Speaker said that the incident of Karbala reminds us of the great sacrifices of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions for the sake of truth and justice. He said that Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions are a matchless example of Qur'anic teachings, tolerance, sacrifice and passion for martyrdom.

The Speaker said that it is our collective responsibility to stand firm in the face of the tyrannical forces which are spreading chaos in society to achieve their nefarious aims. He said that the best way to pay tribute to the martyrs of Karbala is to make commitment on this day to work and devote oneself to the development and strength of the country. "We have to forget our trivial differences and adopt the teachings of Islam and promote peace, security, and brotherhood,” he said.

The Speaker termed the Ashura sacrifice as a great sacrifice against falsehood and said that it would be a beacon for those who would come till the Day of Judgment. Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani has said that on the day of Ashura, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart to Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression. He said that this is the path that 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


The Resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for peace and stability in the region, Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly - August 8, 2022

India cannot crush Kashmiri people's unshakable spirit of self-determination

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durani  have said that resolution of the Kashmir issue is essential for peace and stability in the region. They said that the use of force against unarmed Kashmiris could neither crush their independence movement nor change the principled position of Pakistan. They said that for the restoration of peace in occupied Kashmir, it was necessary to restore Articles 370 and 35-A to their original shape. They expressed these views in their separate messages on Yaum-E-Istihsal which is being commemorated on 5th August in the country.

On this occasion, the Speaker said that India has deprived the Kashmiris of their freedom and identity by repealing Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution, which is a violation of the promises made to the Kashmiris at the international forums. He said that the repeal of the above article was a reflection of the hateful policies of the Indian government.

The Speaker said that the entire Pakistani nation is united on the Kashmir issue and every child of the Pakistani nation stands with their Kashmiri brothers. He said that Pakistan is  fighting the case of Kashmiris in all international and regional forums through parliamentary diplomacy. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan has always stood by the Kashmiri people and has raised the issue of Kashmir in all parliamentary forums. He urged the Pakistani nation and media to participate more in expressing solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren on the occasion of Yaum-E-Istihsal day.

The Speaker urged the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and put pressure on India to stop using force. He strongly condemned the life imprisonment of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik by India and the atrocities inflicted on him, saying that India cannot suppress the freedom struggle of Kashmiris with its fascist measures. He appealed to the international human rights organizations to play their role in freeing all the Kashmiri prisoners including Yasin Malik.

The Speaker  expressed the hope that the sun of independence would soon rise in occupied Kashmir and the people there would be able to live in a peaceful environment.
On the occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durani said that the entire Pakistani nation stands shoulder to shoulder with its Kashmiri brethren. He said that the struggle would continue till the independence of occupied Kashmir and Pakistan would continue to support Kashmiris on every international forum. He called for the restoration of Articles 370 and 35-A in their original form and for an end to the atrocities perpetrated by India on unarmed Kashmiris and for an immediate solution to the Kashmir issue under the light of UN resolutions.


Maintaining Sanctity Of Parliament Vital For Bright Future Of The Country: NA Speaker - August 1, 2022

Islamabad: 1st August 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Parliament is the representative of more than 22 million Pakistanis and being representative it is vital to maintain its sanctity and sacred image. He said that the internship programme of National Assembly Secretariat is to make youth well aware of parliamentary procedures. He expressed these views at the welcoming ceremony of more than 150 interns from different universities of pakistan for internship in Parliament House today.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the youth of our country should understand the constitution of the islamic republic of Pakistan as the constitution is the soul of the state. He said that now it is upto young generation to take responsibility for maintaining the sanctity of parliament. He also desired that the students from far flung areas be also included in this programme. He also said that it is upto young generation to be well aware about the committee system of Parliament.

The Speaker said that our youth has all requisite potential to steer the country out of the present socio-economic challenges. He said that  trained and upskilled youth is vital for bringing socio-economic stability in the country. Convener Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals and Additional Secretary Special Initiative National Assembly Secretariat  Syed shamoon Hasmi were also present on the occasion. He also briefed the participants that at present 180 interns are serving in the National Assembly Secretariat from different universities across Pakistan. He also informed that the National Assembly Secretariat has signed MoUs with different universities to train youth especially in legislative matters.


National and Provincial Parliamentarians Commit to National Framework 2030 SDG Plan - July 27, 2022

Prosperous and developed Pakistan is interlinked with achieving SDGs : NA Speaker

Members of National, Federal and Legislative Assemblies gathered in Islamabad to re-affirm their commitment to the 2030 UN Plan for Sustainable Development Goals and develop a National Framework for their monitoring and implementation. The framework was devised at the National Meet on SDGs, organised by the Parliamentary SDGs Secretariat, National Assembly of Pakistan in collaboration with Mustehkam Parlimaan, a project of the European Union. The Conference is being held from 27th to 28th July 2022 in Islamabad. Speaker National Assembly Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf, Minister for Planning and Development Dr. Ahsan Iqbal, EU Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Riina Kionka, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister / Convener Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam attended the Opening Session of the event.

Addressing the participants as Chief Guest, the Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the policy choices, the government makes today will determine its success in building a transition to a sustainable, greener, more inclusive and more resilient tomorrow. He said that the implementation and localisation of the UN’s Agenda 2030 would transform Pakistan into prosperous and developed country. He stated that Pakistan re-iterated its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by adopting the Sustainable Development Goals as its own national development agenda through unanimous Resolution in year 2016. He further stated that COVID-19 has been a major setback for the global economy and prosperity and Pakistan was not an exception. He highlighted that Pakistan is facing acute challanges like climate change, healthcare, economic growth, poverty, gender inequality and socio-economic challenges. Building a world with zero hunger which can positively impact our economies, health, education, equality and social development is an integral to building a better future for everyone.

Federal Planning and Development Minister Dr. Ahsan Iqbal observed that the SDGs can only be implemented by localizing their solutions in Pakistan’s unique context.

EU Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Riina Kionka praised the efforts of the National Assembly Secretariat for organising the conference, stating that the European Union was pleased to join forces with Pakistan to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She also highlighted the role of the National Task Force as an important stakeholder in the process in terms of prioritisation and accountability.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam stated that the aim of the National Conference was to bring together stakeholders from all over Pakistan to share ideas, expertise and solutions for taking ambitious action and building partnerships to achieve the SDGs.

The National Meet on SDGs will go in-depth on Pakistan's issues, such as environmental degradation, rising poverty, food scarcity, energy difficulties, and inadequate flood control, with an emphasis on the post-COVID-19 situation.
The event is being supported by Mustehkam Parlimaan, a project of the EU focused on providing support to parliamentary development in Pakistan. The project is being implemented by the German Agency for International Development (GIZ-INS) and Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Affairs (PIPS)


Enhancing regional cooperation vital for regional peace and development - July 21, 2022

Istanbul, July 21, 2022: The Speakers and Parliamentarians of Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Türkiye gathered in Istanbul on July 21, 2022 for the Second Round of the Trilateral Speakers’ Meeting of the three brotherly countries. The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop warmly welcomed the Speakers of Azerbaijan and Pakistan and thanked them for their participation.

While addressing the Forum, the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that finding common grounds for ensuring regional security was one of the key agendas of this trilateral meeting. He called for deliberating and formulating joint vision for the governments in ensuring regional peace and security. While Talking about the situation in Afghanistan, NA Speaker said that Pakistan was committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan, which was pivotal for regional security. He also added that close cooperation and continued support between the three countries could go a long way in pursuing a long-term policy of “live and let live” aimed at utilizing all means to ensure regional peace and tranquility. The Speaker also referred to the adverse effects of Russia-Ukraine war on the regional and global peace and said that the role of NATO in the overall Russia-Ukraine conflict demonstrated the development of a new security architecture in Europe and its surrounding regions, with far reaching consequences for the entire international community.

While addressing the conference, the Speaker Türkiye of Grand National Assembly said that the three countries had great potential and therefore, their parliaments were destined to explore the possible avenues for expanding cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. He added that the platform of the Trilateral Speakers’ Meeting could prove instrumental in paving the way for further cementing the existing cordial ties between the three countries. 

The meeting adopted the Istanbul Declaration as the outcome document which emphasized the importance of extensive cooperation between the three countries for enhancing regional stability, security and prosperity.The Istanbul Declaration also reiterated the principled position of the three countries on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and resolved their support for a just and peaceful resolution in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolution and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. It was also agreed that the third round of the Trilateral Speakers’ Forum will be hosted by Pakistan in 2023.

 


Pakistan & Türkiye shares mutual goals of Democracy and regional Stability - July 15, 2022

NA Speaker attends Democracy and unity day celebrating Failed Military Coup attempt in Türkiye on 15th July 2016

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan and Türkiye have distinct history of shared religious and cultural traditions. He said that relations between both countries are interlinked in strong time immemorial religious and fraternal bonds. He also said that both countries share mutual goal of democracy and stability. He expressed these views on the occasion of celebrating 6th anniversary of the July 15th’s failed Coup attempt “Democracy and National unity day of Republic of Türkiye” in Islamabad today.

Speaker Raja Pervez Asharf while addressing the audience said that the day reminds us of the memorable victory of the Turkish democracy over the dark forces of regression and repression. He said that it was this glorious day when the entire Turk nation stood like a rock side by side its elected and popularly chosen leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said that it was the day when the Turkish people stood guard to protect their rights and elected representatives of the Grand Turkish Assembly valiantly assembled to be the vanguards of democracy in Türkiye.

While conveying felicitation to entire Turkish nation on the 6th Anniversary of those momentous times, he said that the July 15 episode was indeed a great message to the entire world that nothing can harm a democratic order if it is tested and then trusted by the people.

Referring to the cordial relations between both the countries, the Speaker said that As Türkiye is a time-tested friend, Pakistan has always stood side by side its Turkish brothers. while referring to old history of cordial relations between people of both nations, he expressed his hope that upcoming visit of President Recep Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistan during September this year would prove another milestone in the mutual cooperation between both nations. He said that this year also marks the 75th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations among our two modern states.  He also mentioned about his visit to Turkey next week on the invitation of the Speaker of the Turkish Grand Assembly E Mustafa Sentop to participate in the trilateral parliamentary forum of Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey.

Mr. Mehmet Pacaci, Ambassador of Republic of Türkiye, Parliamentarians and Members of the Diplomatic Corps attend the ceremony.


Resolution of Kashmir issue imperative for stability and regional peace: NA Speaker/Deputy Speaker; July 13, 1931 will always be remembered in history as a dark day, Raja Pervez Ashraf - July 12, 2022

Islamabad, July 12, 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani have said that the people of Occupied Kashmir have made eternal sacrifices for the sake of independence. They said that the blood of unarmed Kashmiris who were martyred by the Indian forces would not go in vain and the day was not far when the people of Kashmir would see the dawn of freedom in occupied Kashmir through their struggle for their right to self-determination. They said that the Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of partition of the subcontinent without which lasting peace in South Asia is impossible. They expressed these views in their separate messages on the occasion of Kashmir Martyrs' Day which is being observed on 13th July every year.

On this occasion, the Speaker said that this day reminds us of a great tragedy in the history of Kashmir, when the army of Dogra Maharaja martyred 22 protesters due to the recitation of Adhan. He said that the blood of innocent Kashmiris who were martyred by the forces of Dogra Maharaja on July 13th, 1931 would never go in vain.

The Speaker further said that thousands of innocent children have been martyred in Occupied Kashmir for the last 75 years and thousands of incidents of desecration and rape of women have taken place. He said that the hands of the so-called democratic government of India were stained with the blood of thousands of Kashmiri martyrs. He urged the international community to take stern notice of the atrocities perpetrated by India in Kashmir and play its role in ending the ongoing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that resolution of the Kashmir issue was essential for the establishment of lasting peace in the region. He called on the United Nations to play its role in finding a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance with Security Council resolutions.

Reiterating Pakistan's principled stand for the struggle of the Kashmiri people for independence, the Speaker said that Pakistan would continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination at every forum. He said that the present Parliament has passed several resolutions to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and to stop the atrocities committed by Indian forces in the Occupied Territories. He said that the forcible occupation of Kashmir by India was against the moral values of a civilized society and the basic right of the people to self-determination.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani said that today is a reminder of the brutality of Dogra Maharaja's forces when they martyred 22 Kashmiri soldiers on July 13, 1931 for giving the call to prayer. He said that the blood of the martyrs of July 13, 1931 would never go in vain. He also expressed confidence that the Kashmiri people would soon see the dawn of independence and have a chance to breathe freely. The Deputy Speaker said that the Government and people of Pakistan have always stood by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters and would continue their moral, political and diplomatic support. He urged the international community to take stern notice of the atrocities perpetrated by India in Kashmir.
 


Speaker National Assembly and Deputy Speaker extend felicitation on the holy eve of Hajj and Eid-al-Adha - July 9, 2022

Islamabad: 9th July 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durani felicitated the Nation and whole Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of Eid-al-Adha. While congratulating the Muslims who embarked on Hajj journey this year, they said that we must be  thankful to Allah for the blessing of Hajj resumption this year after the Covid-19 Pandemic and travel restrictions.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Eid-al-Adha reflects  the values of sacrifice, compassion and happiness for us; however the true joy relates with taking care of the needy and to include them in our happiness. He said that our deeds should help to smooth the social grievances and promote the spirit of sacrifice, mutual harmony and brotherhood. “We can provide a strong foundation for the establishment of a welfare Islamic society to support our needy segment of society. Let us renew our pledge and pray for the prosperity and development of entire Muslim Ummah," he said.He prayed to Allah Almighty to strengthen the National leadership to lead the country on the path of progress and development.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani stated that Eid-al-Adha not only brings joy, happiness in our lives, but also teaches us to remember the true spirit of obligation and selflessness. He said that today is the day of prostration and thanks to Allah Almighty for this blissful offering. "We need to move forward together for the economic development and prosperity of the country by shunning our mutual differences,"he added.
 


NA Speaker awarded Appreciation certificate to Sub Inspector Zahid Hussain of ICT Police; Bravery and courage of SI Zahid Hussain saved Parliament house from an untoward incident: NA Speaker - June 30, 2022

Islamabad: 30th June 2022; Speaker National Assembly  Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that bravery and courage are the identity of our law enforcement agencies. He said that the law and order situation in the country is interlinked with efficient and honest police personnel. He expressed these views while awarding Certified of Appreciation to SI Mr.Zahid Hussain of ICT Police who stopped an armed person from entering into the Building of Parliament House on 12th July 2021.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf also instructed National Assembly Secretariat to write a letter to ICT Police for shoulder promotion of Brave SI Zahid Hussain. He also awarded a cash prize to an honest police officer. He said that our society needs such dedicated police officers for the security of our masses.


NA speaker welcomes Delegates of National workshop Balochistan-IX in Parliament House - June 29, 2022

Islamabad: 29th June 2022 Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said engaging the public for Parliament business is vital for strengthening democracy in the country. He also said that Parliament is representative of the people of the country and it is Parliament which offers resolution of  challenges faced by the country. He expressed these views during a meeting with Brigadier Humayun Zia Chohan who headed the delegation of National Workshop Balochistan -IX.

The delegation witnessed the proceedings  of the Budget Session 2022-2023 in the House . The delegation was also briefed by Additional Secretary Legislation for parliamentary and legislative business of the house. Later on Question Answer Session were also held regarding legislative business of the House.

Later on Participants of National workshop Balochistan-IX awarded Souvenir to Additional Secretary Legislation.


Promotional incentive to Government employees vital for enhancing their productivity - June 27, 2022

Speaker felicitates newly promoted national Assembly employees

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that promotional incentive to government employees is vital for enhancing productivity. He said that merit based promotions are necessary to enhance objectives of any organisation. He further said that Parliament is the supreme legislative body and  officers and officials of this organization are  its vital asset. He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony to felicitate newly promoted employees of National Assembly Secretariat held in Parliament House today.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf while addressing the officers and officials advised them to work hard as per their capabilities and potential. He instructed them to prove their potential and serve in the best interest of the nation and the Organization.

Appreciating the Performance of women employees of the Secretariat, he said that despite their domestic responsibilities, their performance in the Secretariat was remarkable. He said that these promotions in the National Assembly were done strictly on merit and Performance. He congratulated ninety five promoted officers and officials of National Assembly Secretariat.


Tackling Climate induced challenges need Research based policy input: NA Speaker - June 24, 2022

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Tackling Climate induced challenges need Research based policy input: NA Speaker

Islamabad: 24th June 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan like other countries of the world is facing severe climate challenges. He said that water scarcity in the country is getting intensified day by day due to climate change. He said that Pakistan being an Agri based economy needs policy initiative as it is facing the challenge of acute water shortage. He expressed these views during a meeting with Country Director Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Dr. Niels Hegewisch in Parliament House today.

While appreciating the support of FES for research based input, he said that research based policy initiatives are necessary to tackle climate change induced issues. He also said that Pakistan and Germany enjoy cordial relations and he welcomed the suggestion of FES for Parliamentary exchanges between both countries. He also stressed on the need to sensitize the public through diverse programmes and Seminars.

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that close liaison between Public and Parliament is  crucial for making Parliament more effective. He appreciated the initiative of FES for supporting the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Parliamentary Committee to have direct access to the public. He also welcomed the proposal to emulate the same for other Parliamentary committees of the National Assembly.

Country Director FES Dr. Niels Hegewisch briefed about various publications of FES, especially about the Charter of Economy. He also said that Parliamentary exchange between Germany and Pakistan would enhance bilateral ties between Pakistan and Germany.


Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly express grief and sorrow over the death of the mother of former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. - June 23, 2022

Islamabad, 22nd June, 2022: Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker zahid Akram Durrani have expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of mother of Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and former President Asif Ali Zardari. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give patience to the bereaved family to bear the loss.


Political Consensus vital for revitalizing economy of the country: NA Speaker; Expresses desires to further strengthen relations between Pakistan and UK - June 21, 2022

Islamabad: 21st June 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that political consensus on issues of vital national importance were imperative for leading the country on path of progress. He said that the present national government had initiated various measures to take the country out of the present economic challenges. He also said that that Pakistani nation is a resilient nation and had successfully steered itself out of challenges in past. He expressed these views during a meeting with UK Ambassador in Pakistan Dr. Christian Turner in Parliament House today.

Speaking about the exceptional relations between Executive and legislatures of Pakistan and United Kingdom, the Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Pakistan desires to further consolidate them through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that interaction between legislatures of both the countries would induce upward momentum in enhancing existing cooperation in diverse sectors of economy. He also said that legislating for ensuring civil liberties is priority of incumbent Parliament. He also said that both UK and Pakistan have deep history of mutual relations as Pakistani diaspora in UK is playing its role in national development of UK. He said that Pak-UK parliamentary Friendship Group is vibrant and playing its role in strengthening bilateral relations. He invited British Parliamentarians to be part of the diamond Jubilee celebration of Parliament scheduled in August this year.

High Commissioner Dr. Christian Turner warmly expressed his attachment with people of Pakistan. He said that Britain also attaches immense importance to its historic relations with Pakistan that had witnessed progression with the passage of time. He applauded Pakistan’s remarkable progress made on FATF issue. He said that Uk High Commission in Islamabad would extend all out support in enhancing bilateral economic cooperation. He also extended support to build strong Parliamentary relations between both countries through the platform of Parliamentary friendship groups.
 


Speaker NA expressed desire to further strengthen relations between Pakistan and UK in a meeting with UK Ambassador in Pakistan Dr. Christian Turner in Parliament House - June 21, 2022

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Political Consensus vital for revitalizing economy of the country: NA Speaker
 
Expresses desires to further strengthen relations between Pakistan and UK.
 
Islamabad: 21st June 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that political consensus on issues of vital national importance were imperative for leading the country on path of progress. He said that the present national government had initiated various measures to take the country out of the present economic challenges. He also said that that Pakistani nation is a resilient nation and had successfully steered itself out of challenges in past. He expressed these views during a meeting with UK Ambassador in Pakistan Dr. Christian Turner in Parliament House today.
 
Speaking about the exceptional relations between Executive and legislatures of Pakistan and United Kingdom, the Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Pakistan desires to further consolidate them through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that interaction between legislatures of both the countries would induce upward momentum in enhancing existing cooperation in diverse sectors of economy. He also said that legislating for ensuring civil liberties is priority of incumbent Parliament. He also said that both UK and Pakistan have deep history of mutual relations as Pakistani diaspora in UK is playing its role in national development of UK. He said that Pak-UK parliamentary Friendship Group is vibrant and playing its role in strengthening bilateral relations. He invited British Parliamentarians to be part of the diamond Jubilee celebration of Parliament scheduled in August this year. 
 
High Commissioner Dr. Christian Turner warmly expressed his attachment with people of Pakistan. He said that Britain also attaches immense importance to its historic relations with Pakistan that had witnessed progression with the passage of time. He applauded Pakistan’s remarkable progress made on FATF issue. He said that Uk High Commission in Islamabad would extend all out support in enhancing bilateral economic cooperation. He also extended support to build strong Parliamentary relations between both countries through the platform of Parliamentary friendship groups.

Ensuring protection of basic rights of labour and working class priority of incumbent Parliament: NA Speaker - June 17, 2022

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Ensuring protection of basic rights of labour and working class priority of incumbent Parliament: NA Speaker
 
Islamabad: 17th June 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that labour and working class are vital part of Pakistani community. He said that socio-economic stability of the country is interlinked with welfare of the the labour class. He also said that working class especially Pakistani diaspora working class is participating for economic stability of the country. He expressed these views during his meeting with Ch Yaseen General Secretary CDA Union and Paolo Pozzo Director ISCOS in Parliament House today.
 
Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that trade unions are necessary to protect the basic right of working class. While commenting upon the unskilled labour force of Pakistani diaspora , he stressed on the need to upskill working  and Labour class . He also stressed on the need to to coordinate with Ministry of Manpower and overseas Pakistanis to ensure the provision of fundamental rights to working class of Pakistani diaspora. He said that working and Labour class have been the main strength of Pakistan economy. He also appreciated the struggle of worker welfare foundation to provide legal advocacy especially to Brick Kilns workers. while appreciating the work of Director Paolo Pozzo ISCOS , he said that Pakistan and Italy shared family  traditions and culture of acceptance. He said that Pakistani diaspora in Italy are contributing for economic stability of the country.
 
Ch.Yaseen General Secretary CDA Union expressed his gratitude to Speaker for providing this opportunity. He said that CDA trade union is working in close liason with all international organization to legally support working and Labour class.
 
Paolo Pozzo Director Trade Union Institute for International Cooperation (ISCOS) said that his organization is working in close cooperation with Pakistan unions. He also briefed the meeting regarding basics of projects in Pakistan for ensuring basic rights of workers.

The bright future of the country is interlinked with education of our children - June 16, 2022

Speaker NA appreciates the struggle of the children of Pakistan Sweet Home

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf warmly welcomes the children of Pakistan Sweet Home who are enrolled and studying in Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Cadet College Larkana and  Sahawa Cadet College in Parliament House today. While addressing them, he said that the future of the country would be bright due to the struggle and hard work of these children. He expressed his heartful feelings to these children who were selected on merit in different cadet colleges. He also resolved to continue to support the efforts of Ex-MNA and Chairperson of Pakistan Sweet Home Mr. Zummrud Khan for his services to support these children.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf warmly appreciates the achievement of Pakistan Sweet Home's children who are being selected on Merit in Cadet colleges. He said that the services provided by Pakistan Sweet Home for needy children are a national service. He said that Mr. Zummrud Khan Chairperson of Pakistan Sweet Home is deeply commendable in his tireless efforts to support these needy children. He said that Pakistan Sweet Homes has become a symbol of shelter and training for homeless and destitute children. He also applauded that these children are also now enrolled in the Top universities of Pakistan like Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

Earlier, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf also welcomes these students to National Assembly during the proceedings of the Budget Session in the National Assembly.

Mr. Zummrud Khan Chairperson Pakistan Sweet Homes expressed his deep gratitude to Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf for encouraging these children and inviting them to Parliament House.

Federal Minister for Water Syed Khursheed Shah, Ex-Prime Minister  Senator Syed Yousif Raza Gillani, Ex-Parliamentarian and Chairperson of Pakistan Sweet Home Mr. Zumrud Khan were also present in the meeting.


NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf calls on PM Mian Shahbaz Sharif - June 13, 2022

Islamabad: 13th June 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf calls on Prime Minister Mian Shahbaz sharif in Islamabad today. Matters related with socio-economic conditions in the country and enacting legislation for the welfare of masses were discussed. While appreciating the performance of National Assembly for enacting legislation for masses, PM Shahbaz Sharif has said that masses have great expectations from Parliament as it is the representative institution. He said that the country is facing severe socio-economic challenges and it is Parliament where all issues can be resolved. He also said that the incumbent government is taking all measures to ameliorate the hardships of common man. He also approved the establishment of Women and Children hospital Gujar Khan and he also approved the establishment of Punjab University campus in Gujar Khan .

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has briefed to PM about important legislative initiatives taken by Parliament of Pakistan. He also expressed his confidence that the economic policies of incumbent government would start the country out of these challenges. He also briefed the PM about austerity steps taken by National Assembly.


Early completion of Digitalization of Parliament vital for enhancing its efficiency : NA Speaker - June 13, 2022

Islamabad:13th June 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that digitalization of Parliament would make Parliament more effective and productive. He said that introducing Google office in offices of the National Assembly Secretariat would make the Parliament of Pakistan the first paperless Parliament in South Asia. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting regarding "Digital Innovation Hub" with CEO Tech Valley and Representatives of Google team from Different Countries.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that digitalization and Google office would transform the ambience of Parliament. He was also instructed to complete the project of digitalization of  Parliament at the earliest. He said that adopting artificial intelligence based information technology would make personnel of the Assembly more productive.
 
CEO Tech Valley Umer Farooq briefed the participants that it is the first Parliament in South Asia which is adopting digitalization of Parliament. He also said that Tech valley is a google partner for digitalization of Parliament. The Project Director of Digitalization Hub for Parliament  briefed the meeting that digitalization training has been conducted in various offices of the National Assembly.
 


Senate and National Assembly announces 40 percent reduction in petrol expenditure - June 10, 2022

Austerity measures vital to bring economy of the country out of challenges: NA Speaker

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf   has said that Pakistan is facing acute economic challenges. He said that it is vital to introduce and implement austerity measures at personal and collective level. He said that Parliament being the representative of masses should lead in adopting austerity measures. He expressed these views during his meeting with Chairman Senate who calls on him in Parliament house today.

During the meeting it was  decided to adopt austerity measures in Parliament immediately.  It was decided to  reduce petrol  expenditure  in Parliament upto 40 percent. It was also decided that 40% reduction in petrol would be applicable to the NA  Speaker  Deputy Speaker, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Senate and other senior officials. This measures is also applicable to Chairmen of the Standing Committees of both the Houses and all the Officers.


Media Brings Parliament And Public Closer: NA Speaker; Knowledge Of Budget Vital Parliamentary Reporters To Propogate The True Spirit Of Budget: NA Speaker - June 8, 2022

 

 

Islamabad, June 8, 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf said that It is National Assembly which has the prerogative to  approve and  pass the Finance  bill as  the Senate of Pakistan can  only suggest  the budget process. He expressed  these views  while addressing a one-day workshop on  Technical Reporting on Budget for  Parliamentary Reporters organized by Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Wednesday. ۔

Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that  participation large number of  Parliamentary Reporters in the workshop is a manifestation of their interest to convey exact information of Budget to masses. He said that today is the age of information and  the role of media has become more pivotal and crucial. He said that reporting for  parliamentary proceedings and conveying information in proper context is prime responsibility of Reporters.  He said that Budget is a quite  technical procedure  and it is important to understand this. He said that at present the country  was going through difficult times and in such times we have to support each other. He said that the media has to play an important role in solving the problems of the country.  He also said that Pakistani  nation is a determined and has the capability to overcome challenges.

In response to the questions of the journalists, the Speaker of the National Assembly said that there is a procedure for accepting  resignations of Members of National Assembly. He said that there are certain rules and regulations for accepting and judging the authentication of resignations. He said that there were doubts about genuineness of resignation. He said that some PTI Members whose resignation are in National Assembly Secretariat  have contacted him. He said that at present he was   waiting  as the procedure of personal hearing would continue till 10th of June . He said that the salary of all members who submitted their Resignations have  been withheld from the date of resignation.

The Speaker also paid tribute to the Parliamentary Reporters Association, PIPS and Directorate General of Media National Assembly Secretariat for successful organization of this workshop.


Rural development is key to development of the country - June 6, 2022

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that rural development is key to development of the country. He said that socio-economic development of the country is interlinked with resolving issues faced by country. He said that major chunk of population in Pakistan is comprised of rural population and resolving these issues would bring socio-economic development in the country. He expressed these views during his meeting with Chief Executive Dr.Rashid Bajwa of National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) in Parliament House today.

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that social mobilization and microfinance development would upgrade the living standards of people living in rural areas. He also said that people of rural areas are facing sever issues like scarcity of clean drinking water and lack of basic infrastructure. He said that Rural Support Programme would focus on economic generation activities and enhancing employment sector would bring prosperity and well-being.

The Speaker also directed Chief Executive NRSP to focus on the rural areas of Gujar Khan as  rural community of Gujar Khan are facing acute issue of lack of clean drinking water and lack of basic  infrastructure. He said that NRSP should focus on provision of social sector services and up-gradation of natural resources of all rural areas. He also said that Rural people of Gujar Khan are skillful and hardworking and providing opportunities would mainstream these skillful masses.

Chief Executive Dr.Rashid Bajwa NRSP assured for focusing  on social mobilization and fast delivery of social sector services. He also assured for supporting rural areas of Gujar Khan to resolve their issues and uplifting the living standard of the people living in these areas.


Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan met with the Speaker of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of Uzbekistan - May 18, 2022

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Baku, May 17, 2022: The Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan met with the Speaker of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of Uzbekistan on the margins of the 3rd PAECO Conference in Baku. The Uzbek Speaker thanked the Speaker National Assembly for the meeting and praised the role of Pakistan during its Presidency of PAECO and its voluntary contributions and services towards the Secretariat of PAECO.

The Uzbek Speaker said that the two countries enjoyed brotherly relations and said that there was a huge potential of developing cooperation in transportation and development needs of the two countries. He also appreciated the role of Pakistan, for being among the one of the first countries to support and recognize Uzbekistan. He referred to his visit to Pakistan last year for the 2nd PAECO Conference which proved instrumental in further cementing the relations between the two countries.

The Speaker National Assembly, Raja Pervez Ashraf thanked the Uzbek Speaker for the meeting and said that it was also his desire to meet with the Uzbekistan Speaker and to discuss the possible avenues for fostering parliamentary cooperation between the two sides. He said that the two countries were tied in historic ties and the relationship between the two countries were also brotherly.

The Speaker said that parliamentary diplomacy was a tool to foster bilateral ties and to engage with each other on issues of mutual interest. He emphasized on the need of enhancing exchange of delegations not only at the parliamentary and governmental levels but in all fields including education and cultural exchanges etc. for promoting people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

The Speaker Pervez Ashraf expressed satisfaction over the establishment of Friendship Groups between the two Parliaments and said that such platforms were instrumental in paving way for further cooperation in diverse fields. He added that connectivity was a cornerstone for the region and said the initiatives like the railroad from Peshawar-Mazar e Sharif-Tashkent were important.

Talking about Afghanistan, as an immediate neighbor of both the countries, the Pakistan Speaker said that peace in Afghanistan was of paramount importance for not only peace in the region but the whole world.

The Uzbek Speaker said, despite the huge potential of trade relations, the existing trade and commercial ties between the two countries were not satisfactory. He added that the Uzbekistan side will work-out a proposal for enhancing trade relations and share it with the Pakistani side. He also underlined the need for direct commercial flights between the Capitals of the two countries.

The Pakistan Speaker appreciated the idea and also offered Uzbekistan, as a landlocked country, to utilize the sea ports of Pakistan, having new and improved infrastructure under CPEC projects and reach out to the world through the shortest sea routes.


Members Of PAECO Share A Common Destiny Of Progress And Prosperity: NA Speaker; Joint Efforts To ECO Region A Joint Market Of 500 Million Inhabitants: NA Speaker - May 17, 2022

Islamabad: 17th May 2022; While addressing the 3rd General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO)  “Cooperation in Post-Pandemic Period: Challenges and Opportunities for Recovery” in Baku,Azerbaijan today, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has called for collective efforts to lead region on economic prosperity. He said that PAECO members share a common destiny of progress and prosperity.

He said that PAECO had become a robust parliamentary mechanism for pushing the ideals of shared economic prosperity. He said that centuries of shared history, ethno -cultural similarities, and linguistic links in our societies are closely knitted to each other as our people have a lot in common. He said as representatives of the people it is our obligation to resolve all issues faced by common people. He said that the Pandemic exposed the weak health system and dwindling economies. He said that regional cooperation is imperative to tackle the challenges perpetrated by COVID-19.

Referring to the huge natural potential, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that ten countries in ECO region have no dearth of resources, talent and potential and yet we look outwards for the solution to our regional challenges. He said that reportedly 3 out of the 17 countries owning the bulk of the energy wealth of the world, namely Crude oil, natural gas and coal, hail from the ECO region. He said that the ten ECO countries which were slightly more than the size of total European Union market of 478 million people, lurk in conflict, destitution and darkness. He said that the ECO region offer a joint market of 500 million inhabitants, which makes up as much as 10% of the total humanity.
 
Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf called upon all the leaders being the representatives of people, to seek comprehensive answer to the agony of their people. He said that creating consensus and help write a new page of common prosperity for our region was news of the hour. He called for seeking solutions on global and regional issues collectively for the betterment of our people.

While referring to the struggle of the people of  Karabagh for freedom, He highlighted the plight of the people of Jammu and Kashmir where innocent people are subjected to continued torture, discrimination, and denial of their birthright of self-determination. He also said that Afghanistan is an important member of this organization and Peace in Afghanistan is imperative for regional peace. He said that Pakistan has time and again reiterated its principled policy stance that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, urging all sides to re-engage in talks for lasting peace. He said that it was time to build a partnership for mutual cooperation and development.

He expressed his gratitude to Madame Sahiba Ghafarova, her Parliament and the Government of Azerbaijan for the warm hospitality and the excellent arrangements of this Conference. He said that the successful organization of this conference indicates the members' countries’ commitment to the ideals and progress of ECO. He said that "Founded in 2013 in Islamabad, PAECO was also revived by us in Pakistan last year, when seven out of ten Member Parliaments signed the PAECO Charter and five of them ratified it".


Supremacy of constitution and Law vital for development and progress of the country - May 13, 2022

Resolving issues faced by the lawyer community of Gujar Khan is his chief priority: NA Speaker

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the Supremacy of the constitution and rule of law would ensure progress and development in the country. He said that the role of the lawyer community is a vital reality to ensure rule of law. He said that the lawyer community has always struggled for the Supremacy of law in the country. He expressed these views during his meeting with a delegation of Gujar Khan Bar Association in Parliament House today.

While discussing the issues faced by the lawyer community in Gujar Khan, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf reiterated that he would continue to support the lawyer community of Gujar Khan. He also said that the lawyer community is an important part of civil society and their role in upholding rule of law is supreme. He asked them to continue playing their proactive role for prompt dispensation of justice to people.

President Gujar Khan Bar Association Advocate Mohsin Saghir Bhatti and participants of the delegation extended warm felicitations to Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf on being elected unopposed as the 22nd Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. They said that it is a moment of pride for the people of Gujar Khan that Raja Pervez Ashraf has been elected as Custodian of this House. They also requested Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf to visit the Gujar Khan Bar Association at his convenience.


Pakistan-Azerbaijan Intertwined In Unbreakable Bond Of Mutual Affection And Mutual Interest: NA Speaker; Pakistan-Azerbaijan Have Vast Tourism Potential To Reap Socio-Economic Benefits: NA Speaker - May 12, 2022

Islamabad: 12th May 2022; Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan are intertwined in shared socio-cultural values and mutual interests. He said that both countries enjoyed unanimity of view on regional and international issues. He also said that the people of subcontinent especially all Pakistanis have special spiritual affiliation with Azerbaijan. He expressed these views during his meeting with Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Pakistan Mr. Khazar Farhadov who called on him in Parliament House today.

The Speaker said that enhancing Parliament to Parliament contacts would take existing bilateral relations to new heights. He said that Azerbaijan has an important role in Parliamentary Association of ECO. The Speaker said that Pakistan Parliamentary delegation would actively participate in the PAECO moot being held in Baku this month. Reiterating Pakistan principled stance on former Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Speaker said that Pakistan had and will always supports unequivocally the right of Azerbaijan.

While appreciating the establishment of Urdu Chair in Baku University, he said that this would bring people of both countries together. He also proposed that the same should be reciprocated by establishing Azerbaijan Study centre in Universities of Pakistan. He also proposed that both countries can harness their ties by increasing cooperation in the field of energy and trade. Referring to the immense potential in tourism sector, he proposed measures to reap the benefits for mutual benefit.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Khazar Farhadov Said that Azerbaijan also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He expressed his gratitude for moral and political support of Pakistan to former Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He reiterated his country’s support to Pakistan’s principled stance on issue of Kashmir. He said that Azeri investors would certainly like to take part in the economic activity in Pakistan. He said that both countries have immense tourism potential and both can take socio-economic benefits by exploring opportunities in tourism sector. He informed that visa process for Azerbaijan has been made easy and Pakistani national can get visa within three hours. He also underlined that direct flights between Pakistan and Azerbaijan have already been started since March 2022 from Lahore-Baku and Karachi-Baku. He said that Parliamentary leadership of Azerbaijan was eagerly looking forward to the visit of Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf to attend the PAECO conference in Baku.
 


Role of media important in maintain close liaison between public and the parliament: NA Speaker - May 11, 2022

Parliamentary Reporter Association to ensure sanctity and respect of the parliamentary institutions: NA Speaker

Islamabad: 10th May 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Perviaz Asharf has said that Parliament is representative of masses and maintaining supremacy of Parliament is collective responsibility of all stakeholders. He said that the role of Parliamentary Reporters is vital to maintain close liaison between public and parliament. He said that Parliament Reporters Association (PRA) is representative body of all reporters who is responsible for apprising the masses about Parliamentary activities and proceedings. He expressed these views while meeting with Members of the Executive Body of the Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA) in Parliament House today.
Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that he has always been struggling with support of Press and Media for supremacy of the constitution and the parliament. He also expressed his appreciation for the role of media to boost the democratic values in the country. While responding to suggestions of Secretary General PRA, Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf agreed to include the logo of PRA on the Entry pass for Press Gallery of National Assembly. He also principally agreed to contribute for the PRA Members welfare and fund. The Speaker condemned the closure of press gallery during the previous government’s regime and assured that such events would not be repeated as his party believes in freedom of press. He directed National Assembly Secretariat to provide all out support to Parliamentary Reporters for discharge of their professional responsibilities.

President PRA Sadique Sajid appreciated the steps taken by Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf to open press corner outside the Parliament House. Secretary PRA Asif Bashir Chaudhry also put forward suggestions for extending the capacity of Press gallery in the house and provision of office space.


Parliamentary Reporter Association to ensure sanctity and respect of the parliamentary institutions: NA Speaker - May 10, 2022

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Role of media important in maintain close liaison between public and the parliament: NA Speaker
 
Parliamentary Reporter Association to ensure sanctity and respect of the parliamentary institutions: NA Speaker
 
Islamabad: 10th May 2022: Speaker National Assembly Raja Perviaz Asharf has said that Parliament is representative of masses and maintaining supremacy of Parliament is collective responsibility of all stakeholders. He said that the role of Parliamentary Reporters is vital to maintain close liaison between public and parliament. He said that Parliament Reporters Association (PRA) is representative body of all reporters who is responsible for apprising the masses about Parliamentary activities and proceedings. He expressed these views while meeting with Members of the Executive Body of the Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA) in Parliament House today.
Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that he has always been struggling with support of Press and Media for supremacy of the constitution and the parliament. He also expressed his appreciation for the role of media to boost the democratic values in the country. While responding to suggestions of Secretary General PRA, Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf agreed to include the logo of PRA on the Entry pass for Press Gallery of National Assembly. He also principally agreed to contribute for the PRA Members welfare and fund. The Speaker condemned the closure of press gallery during the previous government’s regime and assured that such events would not be repeated as his party believes in freedom of press. He directed National Assembly Secretariat to provide all out support to Parliamentary Reporters for discharge of their professional responsibilities.
 
President PRA Sadique Sajid appreciated the steps taken by Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf to open press corner outside the Parliament House. Secretary PRA Asif Bashir Chaudhry also put forward suggestions for extending the capacity of Press gallery in the house and provision of office space.

NA SPEAKER EXPRESSES CONCERN ON SURGE IN ATROCITIES ON PALESTINIANS - April 29, 2022

Promotion of Parliamentary ties to bring nations together: NA Speaker

Expressing his concern on the recent surge in atrocities by Israeli forces on Palestinians, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the situation in AlQuds warrants attention of the international community. He said that Palestinians were subjected to worst human rights abuses. He called for joint efforts by Muslim ummah to address the issue. The Speaker said this while talking to Iranian Ambassador Sayed Mohammad Ali Hosseini who called on him in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Speaker said that Pakistan and Iran are not only sharing borders but are bound together by everlasting ties of culture, religion and brotherhood. He said that future and economic development of future generations of Pakistan and Iran are interlinked. He said that his party leadership attaches immense affection to Iran and had always posed for closer bilateral relations.

Referring to the atrocities by Israeli forces, he said that people and government of Pakistan stand by their Palestinian brothers. He said that it was a matter of concern that international community was silent on the worst state sponsored human rights abuses against innocent civilians. He called for joint efforts by Ummah to address the issue. He said that Peace in the region is imperative for development and stability in the region. He said that Iran being an important country could play a pivotal role in that regard. He said that Pakistan a strong proponent of resolution of outstanding disputes through peaceful means and that the aggression was not the solution to any dispute.

Responding to the message of felicitation from the Speaker of the Iranian Majlis, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that he was touched by this gesture of absolute kindness from the Iranian Speaker. He reiterated an invitation to his Iranian counterpart to visit Pakistan. He said that he strongly believed that parliamentary interactions could play a pivotal role in being nations together. He said that his visit would be a milestone ahead in cementing Pak-Iran relations.

Referring to the cooperation in energy sectors, the Speaker said that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project was a major energy project launched during PPPP government, however it remained complete. He said assured that the present government would certainly remove the impediments to bring the project towards completion. He called for enhancing cooperation in diverse sectors of economy.

Conveying warm greetings from the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran, the Ambassador Sayed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said that Pakistan and Iran had always been forthcoming in extending diplomatic and political support to each other. He said Iran and Pakistan were tied in eternal bonds of religion, culture, history and friendship. The Ambassador said that Iran was a major trading partner of Pakistan however bilateral trade could further be expanded by reduction in tariffs. He apprised that Iran was supplying 104 MW of electricity to Pakistan which could be further enhanced in order to supplement Pakistan’s efforts in meeting power requirements. He informed that Iranian government had eased visa restrictions for tourists who can visit Iran and see the rich cultural and historic heritage. He supported the idea of boosting parliamentary relations through exchange of delegations.