Dr. Fehmida Mirza highlights achievements of Pakistan parliament

LONDON: Speaker National Assembly, Dr. Fehmida Mirza has said that the passage of 18th and 19th constitutional amendments was reflective of high level of consensus between political parties of Pakistan on the issues of national importance.She expressed these views while apprising Chairperson, Conservative Party, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi of achievements of National Assembly of Pakistan, in a meeting held between them Monday. Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan was also present on the occasion.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza informed Baroness Warsi about the prominent role being played by the women parliamentarians not only towards legislative  business but also through Women Caucus of Parliamentarians in which women parliamentarians  from all the political parties were actively involved in bringing into forefront issues pertaining to women as well as other spheres.She further added that immense amount of legislative business has taken place in the Parliament and about 35 laws cover important positive  amendments on women issues.

Baroness Warsi expressed  condolences over the  assassination of Governor Punjab  Mr. Salman Taseer and called  upon  making  efforts for  creating  tolerance  among  the people  as currently Muslim population of Pakistan  was  suffering  even more than the minorities due  to extremism and  misuse of  certain  laws.Discussing  current  social, economic and political issues in Pakistan and  rebuilding  process in the  aftermath of devastating  floods , Baroness Warsi informed the  speaker that through her NGO Savera which is completely managed by  women, 6  houses have been completed and other six  houses  will be completed  shortly .Besides this skill training was being  provided to women in various parts  of Pakistan in order to enable them gain economic and social empowerment, she added.Dr. Mirza further informed that in Pakistan at  present  the  women representation  in the parliament  stands at 22.5 %  which is  higher than in many  developed countries.Both sides agreed on enhancing  parliamentary  exchanges particularly those of women parliamentarians  between the  two  friendly countries with a view to forge better understanding – AAP