Pakistan Parliamentary Defence Committee Delegation Study Tour to United Kingdom

April 26-30, 2009

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Publication No: CMR-021

Rs 3,000  

As a non-partisan political and independent think tank working to strengthen democracy and democratic institution in Pakistan, PILDAT (www.pildat.org) considers strengthening the A work of Parliamentary Committees as the most important element of strengthening Parliament, the key institution of governance. The Defence Committees of the Senate and the National Assembly hold a unique position in Pakistan’s peculiar civil-military relations and are charged with the responsibility of oversight on the defence sector. Given PILDAT’s focus on improving civil-military relations in Pakistan, we feel that it is very important that Defence Committees are aided and strengthened so that they can engage in an effective and responsible parliamentary oversight of the Defence Sector. The PILDAT Study Tour to United Kingdom for the key members and staff of the Parliamentary Defence Committee of Pakistan is facilitated in this backdrop. The Study Tour, that is taking place from April 26-30, 2009 is organised so that the key members of Pakistan’s Parliament can interact with the Defence Committee of the House of Commons, UK and learn about the ways and means through which House of Commons engages in parliamentary oversight of the security sector in UK. PILDAT has the invaluable support of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association CPA UK Branch in organising the meetings and facilitating other logistical details for the study tour in London. Indeed, PILDAT is extremely grateful for the support and facilitation provided by the CPA. Special thanks are due for the close cooperation extended by the British High Commission Islamabad and the support by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK, through the British High Commission, Islamabad, for undertaking the Study Visit.

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