Indian parliamentarians in Pak to boost ties
Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 21:49
  
Islamabad: A 15-member multi-party delegation of Indian parliamentarians on Monday arrived in Pakistan to participate in a dialogue with their Pakistani counterparts on efforts to boost trade and economic relations between the two countries.

The third round of the Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue facilitated by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development (PILDAT) will be held during January 17-18 here.

Islamabad: A 15-member multi-party delegation of Indian parliamentarians on Monday arrived in Pakistan to participate in a dialogue with their Pakistani counterparts on efforts to boost trade and economic relations between the two countries.

The third round of the Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue facilitated by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development (PILDAT) will be held during January 17-18 here.

The two earlier rounds of dialogue were held in Islamabad and New Delhi last year.

PILDAT said it had undertaken the initiative for the dialogue to enhance the role of parliamentary diplomacy in Pakistan's relations with countries in the region.

"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," the statement said.

Parliamentarians from both countries can play a key role in facilitating dialogue and conflict resolution on mutually acceptable and advantageous considerations, PILDAT said.

"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 contentious issues," it said.

India and Pakistan resumed their peace process last year after a gap of over two years following the 2008 Mumbai attacks that were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 21:49


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