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Speaker makes strong pitch to act against terror

Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 23:06

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Sunday made a strong pitch for united action against terrorism as she met her Pakistan counterpart Fehmida Mirza here.

Kumar also favoured greater Parliamentary exchanges with
Pakistan and hoped that the India-Pakistan Parliamentary
Friendship Group would be a platform for sharing each others`
experiences and ideas on areas of common interest.

She also called for united action against the scourge of
terrorism, a Lok Sabha Secretariat statement said.

Mirza, the Speaker the National Assembly of Pakistan,
said that all contentious issues between the two nations
should be resolved through dialogue.

She also invited to visit Pakistan to attend the Women
Speakers Conference scheduled to be held in November 2011.

Kumar also held separate discussions with Speaker of the
National Assembly of Bhutan Jogme Tshultim, Speaker of the
Wolesi Jirga of Afghanistan Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi and Speaker
of the Sri Lankan Parliament Chamal Rajapakse.

Meanwhile, the Fifth Conference of the Association of
SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians today decided to form a
Group of Women Parliamentarians comprising women delegates
attending the meeting.

The conference deliberated on two issues --
`Consolidating Democracy: Strengthening Trust Between
Parliament of the People` and `Sustainable Development in
SAARC Countries: The Way Forward`.

The Conference is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.


First Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 23:06
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