Pak-Sweden partnership essential for advancing gains of democracy: Ayaz

ISLAMABAD, Dec 13 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Tuesday said sustained parliamentary engagement between Pakistan and Sweden is essential for advancing the gains of democracy.

He was speaking to the Swedish Ambassador Ingrid Johansson who called on him here at the Parliament House, a press release issued here said.

He underlined the need for reinvigorating the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups to given consolidates the parliamentary engagement between the two friendly countries.

The speaker highlighted that Pakistan is committed to foster an enduring trade partnership with Sweden and consider it central to
cement bilateral ties.

He said Pakistan has enabled a conducive environment for foreign investors urging outlined that energy generation, telecommunication, oil exploration, trade and manufacturing sectors have huge scope for
foreign investment and expressed his hope that Swedish companies
would not tap into immense business opportunities in Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan is committed to engage within the region and beyond for finding lasting, peaceful and durable solutions to conflicts and humanitarian issues.

While discussing Kashmir issue, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said using pallets
gun on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

He called upon the United Nations and international community to play their due role to stop the repression, violence and human rights violations being committed against the people of Kashmir.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Sweden is an important partner for Pakistan’s broader outreach to Europe.

He stressed the need for deepening collaboration between the two nations in spheres of education, cultural exchanges and science
and technology.

The speaker urged for further cooperation in strengthening parliamentary democracy in Pakistan.

He informed the dignitary regarding the new initiatives taken at the
National Assembly to deliver the hopes of the people.

He urged the Swedish ambassador to facilitate Pakistani students determined to pursue higher studies in Sweden.

The Swedish ambassador Ingrid Johansson reiterated that Pakistan is an important partner for promoting peace and lasting development in the region.

She remarked that Sweden highly appreciates and acknowledges Pakistan’s contribution to global efforts for fighting terrorism.

She expressed his confidence in Pakistan’s economic potential and added that Sweden is willing to tap into Pakistan’s economic opportunities.

Swedish ambassador Ingrid Johansson said parliamentary engagement
between the two parliaments would fortify the existing amiable relations between the two countries.

She also seconded Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for promoting
people-to-people contacts in generating better understanding of each

Ingrid Johansson added that Sweden will continue to facilitate Pakistan in advancing the gains of democracy.