This era is an era of parliamentary diplomacy, Chairman Senate

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that region is facing turmoil and there is a dire need to put our heads together and overcome the challenges posing threats to stability and security.

He said that this is an era of parliamentary diplomacy as it is the most appropriate and viable option for furthering the ties between the nations and resolving the issues. Chairman Senate said that the cooperation between the Parliaments of Muslim countries is direly needed keeping in view the fact that entire Muslim world has been destabilized by the vested interests of the different international powers. In this scenario, he said, it is important for the Muslim parliaments to interact and find solution to these problems and emerging challenges.

He was talking to a parliamentary delegation of Bahrain led by Ali Bin Saleh Al Saleh, Chairman of Shura Council, Kingdom of Bahrain here at Parliament House. Leader of the House in Senate Raja Mohammad Zafarul Haw, Deputy Chairman Senate Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Chairman Pak-Bahrain Friendship Group in Senate of Pakistan Senator Hafiz Hamdullah, Senators Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Azam Swati, Talha Mehmood, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Sitiara Ayaz were also presented during the meeting.

The visiting chairman of Shura Council Ali Bi n Saleh Al Saleh agreeing with the idea floated by the Chairman Senate of Pakistan said that Muslim Ummah is passing through a very difficult time which calls for unity among the Muslim countries and parliaments are good platform to this effect. He said that there is a huge potential for improving the economic ties and offered that Pakistan especially its private sector should benefit from these opportunities as Bahrain could serve as a gate way for Pakistani products for trade with the Gulf countries.

He further apprized that Bahrain is a tax free country which would be beneficial for the investors from Pakistan. He said that we are learning to improve the democracy and would benefit from the experiences of Pakistan in this area. The head of the visiting delegation invited the Chairman Senate of Pakistan to visit Bahrain for further enhancing the parliamentary relations between the two countries.

Mian Raza Rabbani said that Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with Bahrain and other Gulf countries and there is a need to further boost these brotherly relations into extended economic ties to benefit from the huge trade potential among these nations.

Chairman Senate apprized the visiting delegation that Pakistan is facing terrorism but due to resilience of our people and various efforts through security operations and political interventions, we have been able to overcome this menace to a great extent. We are looking forward for cooperation in this area as well as boosting economic ties between the two sides.

He further said that Pakistan has always been striving to have friendly relations with neighbouring countries but since inception of the Modi government, India is gripped in a war hysteria. It has not only violated the international agreements but also carrying out severe human rights violations by committing atrocities against the Kashmiri people who are struggling for their rights.

The delegation laid wreath on the monument of “Unsung Heroes of Democracy” and paid tribute to the sacrifices of the heroes of the democracy and their unwavering commitment. The delegation also visited the Gali-e-Dastoor, where a detailed briefing was given on the parliamentary and constitutional history of Pakistan. The delegation also visit the refurbished library of the Senate and appreciated the initiatives of the Senate Secretariat under the leadership of Chairman Senate and expressed desire to assist the Parliament of Bahrain in improving the library services.