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The National Assembly Session has been prorogued on Wednesday, the 29th June, 2022|The Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) has been adjourned to meet again on Wednesday the 20th July, 2022 at 04:00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad. Committee Meetings:11:00 AM: Railways at Peshawar | 01:30 PM: Meetings of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (Revised) at Committee Room No. 2 |
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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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz Ashraf has been elected as Custodian of this House. They also requested Speaker Raja Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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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Directorate General of Media 
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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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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 Pervaiz 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.