Dialogue among Pak, India MPs can improve relations

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari Thursday expressed optimism that dialogue process between Parliamentarians from the two sides will herald a new dawn of promising improvement in our bilateral relations, strengthening inter-parliamentary and people-to-people relations for the common good of our peoples.

Addressing the inaugural session of the 5th round of dialogue between Parliamentarians of Pakistan and India in Islamabad, he observed that MPs can better discuss critical issues of concern between Pakistan and India and this Parliamentary Diplomacy can facilitate an exchange of views and perceptions in a candid and frank manner in which only Parliamentarians can talk to each other.

Chairman Senate emphasized that much more needs to be achieved in fulfilling the promise of peace and good neighbourly relations between Pakistan and India.
Bokhari said that the public representatives have to build an atmosphere of trust in which the two countries can move forward. He remarked that good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan are in the interest of the countries and equally peace and harmony, stability and development in our region. “The destiny of our people is linked to each other and therefore, we must adopt effective ways of co-operation to the benefit of the peoples of the two countries”, the Chairman Senate added.

At the outset, the Chairman Senate extended a warm welcome to Indian Parliamentarians and said that the channels for dialogue should always remain open as they help normalize relations between the two neighbourly countries. He also appreciated PILDAT for providing such an opportunities where by people form both sides can set together and deliberate on issues of mutual significance.

Senators Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Afrasiab Khattak and Nasreen Jalil and other members of the Parliament also highlighted the importance of dialogue process.

Leader of the Indian delegation Mani Shankar Aiyar, Former Union Minister and Member of Indian Rajya Sabha observed that the delegation was happy to visit Pakistan and MPs can play a vital role in improving the relations. He termed the dialogue process a very positive initiative and called for more cooperation and people to people contacts to move forward.

Earlier, Ahmed Bilal Mehboob President PILDAT gave a brief overview of the four rounds of dialogue. He said that the dialogue will continue for two days (September 19-20, 2013) in which matters of mutual concern would be discussed.