Creation of Asian Parliament proposed

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Islamabad—Senate of Pakistan has presented a plan of action for deliberation and has been entrusted with the task to prepare a roadmap for creation of Asian Parliament, an ultimate goal of the Asian parliamentary Assembly (APA), to make it a voice of the people of Asia in the face of historic and emerging challenges.
On the Occasion of 9th Plenary Session of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Pakistan chaired the APA Special Committee on Creation of Asian Parliament which was attended by all the member parliament countries.
According to a press release received from Cambodia, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani shared his views and ideas about Asian Parliament and Secretary Senate presented a plan of action drafted by the Senate of Pakistan for deliberation and base work to prepare a roadmap.
Members of Parliament of 14 countries spoke on the concept and proposals given by Pakistan and were appreciative of the Pakistan Senate proposals and efforts. Pakistan will host three meetings in Islamabad during 2017 to firm up ideas and proposals. Pakistan proposed five subgroups of APA member countries to give well thought and coordinated input by representatives of each subgroup during the coming meetings.
Speaking on the occasion Mian Raza Rabbani said a forum of Asian Parliament would provide a better opportunity for resolution of issues and overcoming challenges hampering the progress of Asian region.
He underscored the need for enhanced parliamentary linkages for adopting common agenda for the betterment of the people of the Asia.
The Senate of Pakistan appreciated the all the APA members and especially the president APA for electing Pakistan as the vice president of APA Standing Committee on Political Affairs (SCCAP) for the year 2017.
Being Chair of the Political Affairs Committee, the Senate of Pakistan shall host independent meetings of the SCCAP before it may submit concrete proposals to the Political Affairs Committee.—APP

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