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PR No.262 Chairman Senate Meets APPG On Pakistan At The British Parliament Islamabad

Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan met the members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pakistan, led by its Chair Rehman ChishtiMP, at the British Parliament today. He was accompanied by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK.

The Chairman appreciated the good work being carried out by the APPG on Pakistan in promoting the cordialrelations between Pakistan and the UK. The discussion encompassed a wide range of issues pertaining to bilateral relations, work of DFID in Pakistan, regional situation and parliamentary exchanges.

The Chairman briefed the British Parliamentarians on the legislative developments that took place in Pakistan in the recent past, especially the legislation to protect the rights of women and human rights in general. He emphasized on the need of stepping up Parliamentary diplomacy to bring the two countries even closer. The Chairman also invited the Parliamentarian to visit Pakistan, which they accepted with thanks.

Besides Rehman Chishti MP, Chair APPG on Pakistan, those who attended the meeting included Sir Gerald Kauffman MP, Lord Qurban Hussain, Tasmina Sheikh MP, Jim Shannon MP, Lord Elton and Baroness Hodgson.

Later, the Chairman met Mr Andrew Tuggey, Secretary and Chief Executive of CPA, UK in the British Parliament. Enhancing the Parliamentary cooperation and exchangesalso came under discussion. In this regard, the Chairman proposed a regional conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Islamabad to learn more from each other’s experiences. Mr Tuggey appreciated this idea and assured to work together with Pakistan on the proposal.

The Chairman was also given a brief guided tour of the British Parliament.

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