First SAARC young Parliamentarians’ conference concludes

ISLAMABAD, Aug 17 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar
Ayaz Sadiq highlighting the importance of dialogue in resolution of the conflicts among the countries said settling of such issues in the battlefield was not an option in the modern age.

According to a press release issued here Wednesday, he was addressing the closing ceremony of the 1st SAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary services (PIPS), Islamabad.

He said the youth should have the decisive power and urged them to
actively involve themselves in politics. “The Youth should hold us
accountable wherever we go wrong” he added.

The Speaker also desired that the foreign delegates should interact with the youth of the country by visiting different universities.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also extended invitation again to the Speakers of all SAARC countries to visit Pakistan to change the negative perception they might have due to the picture portrayed by the international media.

He said that Pakistan has been the biggest victim of the terrorism
and after a long and hard struggle, the terrorism has been contained to an appreciable extent.

He also condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Quetta, Paris and Brussels. “Terrorists have no religion and no nationality. We have to work together to tackle this curse jointly”, the speaker added.

He stressed the need to give a fair share to women in the
politics as well as in the inter parliamentary delegations within
the SAARC region.

While addressing the ceremony, the Speaker appreciated the
organisers of the conference for organizing the event in a befitting
manner. He also commended the efforts of MNA Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan on working tirelessly to make the conference a huge success.

The heads of delegates fully endorsed the Joint Islamabad
Communiqué. They thanked the members of Parliament from Pakistan to have made their stay a memorable one. Expressing joy over their
experience of visiting Pakistan they said that they came here with
a different perception but leaving with an improved opinion about this country.

The convener of the conference Malik Uzair presented the
conference declaration. He emphasised on the need to
institutionalise the SAARC Young Parliamentarians Forum.

The Heads of Delegates of the SAARC countries ensured full commitment to enforce their respective part of the declaration and desired that the same should be implemented in letter and spirit for increased cooperation, coordination and dialogue between the SAARC countries.

The participants unanimously decided to hold the meetings of SAARC Young Parliamentarians on a regular basis.

The two day conference ended with a pledge and promise to present
the recommendations of this conference in the SAARC summit to be
held in November this year in Pakistan.