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Indian MPs in Pakistan for parliamentary dialogue.

ISLAMABAD, January 17, 2012 (Balochistan Times): A 15-member multi-party Parliamentary delegation of India has arrived in Pakistan to participate in the third round of Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue facilitated by PILDAT. The two-day Dialogue will be held on January 17-18, 2012 in Islamabad where Parliamentarians of both sides will interact on the broad theme of Trade and Economic Relations between India and Pakistan, among other issues. The dialogue theme, as is customary, has been decided by Parliamentarians from two sides. Parliamentarians from Pakistan and India have earlier led two rounds of Dialogues during 2011 including Dialogue-I in January 2011 in Islamabad and Dialogue-II in August 2011 in New Delhi. PILDAT undertook the initiative of the Parliamentarians Dialogues to enhance the role of Parliamentary Diplomacy in Pakistans relations in the region and around the World. Given South Asian regional relations, it is imperative, therefore, that Parliamentarians from India and Pakistan engage in Parliamentary diplomacy that can increase mutual understanding and improve respective Parliamentary scrutiny of governmental foreign policies. Parliamentarians from India and Pakistan can play a key role in facilitating the dialogue process and conflict resolution on mutually acceptable and advantageous considerations. They have a clout with official circles, local influentials and their constituents which they can use to urge their respective Governments and political parties to work towards building normal and peaceful relations and engaging in regular dialogue for addressing the contentious issues. Elected Parliamentary leaders from Pakistan including Senator Jan Mohammad Khan Jamali, Deputy Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, MNA, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira, MNA, convener, Pak-India Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly and Senator Salim Saifullah Khan, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, among others, will lead the third round while seasoned MPs from Pakistan and India, Senator S. M. Zafar (Punjab, PML), former Federal Minister for Law, Pakistan and Mr. Yashwant Sinha, former Union Minister for External Affairs and Finance, India (Jharkhand, BJP) will be co-chairs of the Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue III. The Indian delegation comprises MPs representing major political parties of India from both houses of the Indian Parliament. Indian MPs from the Rajya Sabha include Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Indian National Congress (INC); Mr. Derek O Brien (INC, West Bengal); Mr. Nand Kishore Singh (Janata Dal (United), Bihar); Mr. Naresh Gujral (Shiromani Akali Dal, Punjab); Mr. P Rajeeve (Communist Party of India (Marxist); Mr. Rajniti Prasad (Rashtriya Janata Dal, Bihar) and Mr. D. Raja (Communist Party of India, Tamil Nadu). Lok Sabha members joining the delegation include Mr. Yashwant Sinha (Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hazaribagh, Jharkhand); Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh); Mr. Baijayant Jay Panda (Biju Janata Dal, Kendrapara, Odisha); Mr. Deepender Hooda, (INC, Nabarangpur (ST), Odisha); Mr. Hamdullah Sayeed (INC, Lakshadweep (ST), Lakshadweep); Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, (BJP, Bhagalpur, Bihar); Mr. Shatrughan Prasad Sinha (BJP, Patna Sahib, Bihar); Ms. Supriya Sadanand Sule (Nationalist Congress Party, Baramati Maharashtra) and Mr. Bhartruhari Mahtab (Biju Janata Dal, Cuttack, Odisha).

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 17, 2012
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