2-day conference to commemorate 70 years of Parliament kicks off

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APP52-10 ISLAMABAD: August 10 – A group photograph of participants of Conference on “70 Years of Parliament of Pakistan” with Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at PIPS. APP

ISLAMABAD, Aug 10 (APP): A two-day conference to commemorate the
celebration of 70 years of the Parliament kicked off here Thursday.
The conference was inaugurated by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz
Sadiq. Former Speakers National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam and Gohar Ayub were
guests of the Honour on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq stressed upon the need of
arranging such sessions where former National Assembly Speakers can come and share
their respective experiences.
He deliberated the hurdles and challenges, a speaker has to face during
his time as the custodian of house.
He also shared his initiative for introduction of parliamentary studies
in 17 universities to promote education of the ideals of the Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah.
Ayaz Sadiq thanked the former speakers for their valuable time in
celebrating the 70 year long journey of Parliament of Pakistan.
Syed Fakhar Imam shed light on the constitutional and political history
of Pakistan. While sharing his insight he stressed upon the need of reforms in institutions
and democratization of system.
He also shared his famous ruling against martial law and a 300 years old
precedentin UK House of Commons which applied right of governance lies with the
elected Parliament.
Gohar Ayub Khan underlined the historical background of first
Constituent Assembly highlighting the principle of will of the people being the citadel of
nations’ aspirations.
Executive Director Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services
Zafarullah Khan in his welcome remarks appreciated the initiatives and efforts taken by
former and incumbent speakers.
The first day of event concluded with cake cutting ceremony performed by
the Speaker National Assembly,
Around 120 parliamentary experts from National Assembly, Senate and
members of civil society and students participated in the event.