Pakistan-Sweden partnership essential for advancing the gains of democracy: National Assembly Speaker

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

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan is committed to foster an enduring trade partnership with Sweden and consider it central to cement bilateral ties. He added that Pakistan has enabled a conducive environment for foreign investors. He outlined that energy generation, telecommunication, oil exploration, trade and manufacturing sectors have huge scope for foreign investment and expressed his hope that Swedish companies would tap into immense business opportunities in Pakistan. He added that Pakistan is committed to engage within the region and beyond for finding lasting, peaceful and durable solutions to conflicts and humanitarian issues.

While discussing Kashmir issue, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that using pallets gun on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines. He called upon the United Nations and International Community to play their due role to stop the repression, violence and human rights violations being committed against the people of Kashmiris.

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

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

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

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