Ayaz Sadiq unanimously elected representative from Asia

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has been unanimously elected as the Representative from Asia to the 54-member Commonwealth’s Standing Committee.

His election was conducted at the 23rd conference of the speakers and presiding officers of the Commonwealth Countries (CSPOC) held in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, said a press release received here Friday.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s name was proposed by the speaker of the Majlis of the Maldives Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed and was seconded by Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

The motion was carried unanimously. Consequently, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will serve the Standing Committee as its member for a two-year term till 2018.

A two-member parliamentary delegation from Pakistan, headed by the Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbassi participated in the three-day conference.

Murtaza Javed Abbassi successfully persuaded the participants to support Pakistan for the seat. He underscored the sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan for democracy, global peace and regional development and stressed the member states to consider Pakistan’s nomination.

The deputy speaker also asked the forum to engage more effectively to promote the ideals of parliamentary democracy and good governance by bringing more transparency and creating linkages with the people.

He called upon the fellow Speakers to take notice of the human rights violations in the Commonwealth by negating people’s right to choose their destiny, hence creating frustration that leads to violent behaviors.

CSPOC, comprising the Speakers of the Commonwealth countries is considered a prestigious parliamentary forum, which holds its meeting after every two year to discuss issues concerning the chair in the smooth functioning of the institution of parliament.