Nisar, German parliamentarians discuss regional situation

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of German parliamentarians led by President of German Bundestag Dr Norbert Lammert, called on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Wednesday and discussed bilateral relations and situation in the region.

Germany’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Cyrill Nunn was also present during the meeting.

The minister said Pakistan derived inspiration and strength from the way Germany reconstructed itself after the Second World War.

He said, “We consider Germany as a model of democracy and have a great deal to learn from the country in areas of good governance, parliamentary norms, transparency and rule of law.”

Responding to Mr. Lammert’s interest in knowing the political reforms taken place in Pakistan after the 18th Amendment, the minister said various reforms had been undertaken for strengthening of institutions and the present government was committed to strengthening parliamentary democracy and rule of law in the country.

Talking about the situation in Afghanistan, he said the government had welcomed the elections in Afghanistan and would go an extra mile in working with the new Afghan administration.

While answering a question about the steps being taken by the government in curbing the menace of narcotics, the minister said the government had taken concrete steps to control border management and maintaining close surveillance in that regard.

However, Afghanistan was the country, which was producing a bulk of poppy crop and narcotics, therefore, there was a greater need of evolving a joint strategy and cooperation of all the regional countries to effectively curb this menace, he added.

Mr Lammert acknowledged the commitment of the present government in resolving the challenges being faced by the country, both domestically as well as in the region.

He offered Germany’s support for increasing bilateral economic cooperation and institutional development in Pakistan.

Source: APP