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> First Joint Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians’ Workshop on “Parliamentary Oversight”
April 21, 2008


A PILDAT organized First Joint Workshop of Pakistani and Afghan parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on “Parliamentary Oversight” is scheduled to be held from April 22-23, 2008 at Hotel Marriott, Islamabad. The Workshop has been planned with the objective to enhance mutual understanding on parliamentary oversight prevailing in the two neighbouring countries, to share lessons and learn from each other’s rules and practices.


The two day workshop to be inaugurated on Tuesday April 22nd is expected to have the presence of Hon. Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan at the concluding ceremony. The workshop will be delivered by relevant experts in the field and veteran parliamentarians from Pakistan and the neighbouring countries including Hon. Sayed Hamed Gailani, First Deputy Chairman, Meshrano Jirga, Afghan Parliament; Hon. Senator Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, Deputy Chairman Senate; Hon Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics, Pakistan; Hon. Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Ports and Shipping ad Privatization and Investment; Former Federal Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.; Hon. Senator Farooq H. Naik, Federal Minister for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights; Hon. Dr. Najma Heptulla, Member Rajya Sabha, India/ Former Deputy Chairperson, Rajya Sabah and President Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU); Hon. Senator Raza Rabbani, Leader of the House in the Senate; Senator S. M. Zafar, Chairman, Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights; Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee; Secretary General, Pakistan Muslim League; Former Federal Minister of Information; Hon. Mr. Farhatullah Babar, Former Senator & Spokesman of the Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party; Hon. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Former Senator and Former Federal Minister; Hon. Mr. Riaz Fatyana, Member of National Assembly of Pakistan and Former Member of the Public Accounts Committee, National Assembly of Pakistan; Hon.Mir Ahmad Joyenda, Deputy Chairman of International Relations Commission, Wolesi Jirga, The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament;


A 20-member Afghan Parliamentary Delegation is also expected to participate at the workshop along with their Pakistani counterparts.