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NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Muhammad Asghar Shad, Bureau Chief of Nawai Waqt Rawalpindi - July 16, 2017

Islamabad July 16, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Mr. Muhammad Asghar Shad, Bureau Chief of Nawai Waqt Rawalpindi.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Mr. Muhammad Asghar Shad, they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker Condemn The Incident of Firing on Police Vehicle at Quetta - July 13, 2017

Islamabad; July 13, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the incident of firing on a Police Vehicle at Killi Deba,  Quetta today in which DSP and other Police officials embraced martyrdom.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief over martyrdom of police personnel and term this incident inhuman act of extremism. They said that such cowardice act cannot deter the Government’s firm resolve against terrorism and extremism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in this tragic incident would not be spared and brought to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families.
 


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condemn the Bomb Blast at Chaman - July 10, 2017

Islamabad: July  10,  2017:   National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condemned the bomb blast near Balochistan Levies Headquarter, Chaman.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Acing Speaker termed it an inhuman and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such activities are enemies of the country and humanity.   They were confident that the master minds of this heinous crime will not be spared and will be brought to justice.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families.  They also prayed for early recovery of injured.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the Mother of Dr. Sardar Muhammad Tariq, Joint Secretary Administration National Assembly Secretariat - July 2, 2017

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the Mother of Dr. Sardar Muhammad Tariq, Joint Secretary Administration National Assembly Secretariat

In their separate condolence messages to Dr. Sardar Muhammad Tariq, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Mother of Dr. Sardar Muhammad Tariq. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Condole The Death Of Senator Agha Shahbaz Durrani - June 30, 2017

Islamabad: June 30, 2017: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  seasoned politician, Senator Agha Shahbaz Durrani.

In their separate condolence messages to bereaved family the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Senator Agha Shahbaz Durrani. They paid rich tributes to his political and social services. “His services for the promotion   and strengthening of democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come”, they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Stresses the Need For Sustainable Dialogue at Bilateral As Well As Regional Level to Address the Mutual Differences - June 29, 2017

Islamabad; June 29, 2017: Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that no democracy of the world can claim to be truly representative if it fails to respond to the plight of its people. He said that peace and prosperity were the real democratic fruits, which our voters expect. As parliamentarians it is our responsibility to foster better understanding and cooperation to jointly work for the equal distribution of the resources, especially, the fruits of prosperity, he added. According to a message received from Seoul, Korea he expressed these views while addressing the inaugural session of 2nd meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP).
 
    The Speaker stressed the need for sustainable dialogue at bilateral as well as regional level to address the mutual differences and seek meaningful solutions. He said that as democrats we must believe in inclusivity, pluralism and should not become a self-serving club of the oligarchies.  He said that our parliamentary cooperation must also promote respect for cultural and religious diversity. The rise of xenophobia and Islamophobia is the most alarming threat to global harmony and a major hindrance to socio-economic development, prosperity and peace, he added.
 
    The Speaker said that it is highly crucial to encourage people to people cooperation, promote cultural exchanges and mutual learning among the states of Asia and Europe in order to cement mutual cooperation in every field of life. He said Ensuring good governance through friendship and cooperation among the Member states of the Eurasian Region is yet another vista to build prosperity for our people.
 
    Highlighting the tragic incidents during the last one year, in many part of Euroasia region, the Speaker said that the year 2016 witnessed more than 1441 terrorist attacks around the globe, claiming approximately 14,356 human lives, more than 11,000 casualties were reported the same year as a result of natural or man-made catastrophes and more than 65 million people were displaced. He said that it was not the picture of the world which the democratic leaders of the world had liked to paint. He said that as a chosen representative, to create choices for our people, we must not allow the forces of darkness, bigotry and extremism to deviate us from our chosen path to common prosperity.
 
    The Speaker said that Euroasia was the land of countless opportunities. Today this region is rapidly growing as the global political and economic epicenter. According to him 8 out of 12 world’s highest GDP ranking countries are in the Eurasian region, among the top 10 world producers of energy, 9 belong to this region; moreover, the top 12 leaders in the Information and Communication Technology Development Index also hail from Euroasia.
 
    The Speaker said that there were also countries within the Eurasian fold, where human deprivation is lethal. Of the same 150 countries’ GDP ranking, as many as 7 of our sister states fall at the bottom and many of our respective nations are facing the challenges of spiraling corruption, lack of transparency and accountability, inability to provide basic amenities of life to their people, rising poverty, gender and cultural inequality and a spread of violations of human rights.
 
    Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the developed nations of the region to share the mechanism, technologies, facilities and practices of parliamentary oversight to ensure good governances in order to mitigate these issues efficiently and effectively. He suggested to hold joint parliamentary conferences workshops and seminars to share knowledge and good practices among the member states.


NA Speaker Calls for Regular Interaction Between Political and Parliamentary Leadership to Build Bridges of Friendship - June 28, 2017

Islamabad: June 28, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has stressed the need for regular interaction between the political and parliamentary leadership to build the bridges of understanding and friendship. He expressed these views while taking with Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of Duma (Russian Parliament) and Mr. Chung Sye-kyun, Speaker of Republic of Korea in the sideline meetings separately during 2nd Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments’ (MSEAP), according to a message received from Seoul, Republic of Korea. Wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and their respective countries came under discussion.

    While talking with his Russian counterpart, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Russia not only share the same Continent but also the same values of democracy and human freedom, therefore, both the nations need to take their bilateral relation to new heights. He said that Pakistan values its relations with Russia and wants to diversify them through parliamentary, people-to-people and economic ties. He said that joint efforts by the both countries are needed for regional peace and progress.

    Russian State Duma Speaker Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin supported the idea of his Pakistani counterpart to hold a conference in Pakistan devoted to security issues and fight against terrorism with the participation of Iran, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Sardar Ayaz Sadiq invited his Russian counterpart to visit Pakistan which he accepted and said that he will visit Pakistan by the end of year. Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin also invited his Pakistani counterpart to take part in a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq agreed to participate in both the meetings.

    Talking to the Korean Speaker, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underscored the need for regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries that would take the existing bilateral relations between both the countries to new heights. He also stressed the need for frequent exchange of Parliamentary Delegation and to re-activate friendship groups between the two Parliaments for better understanding and enhanced cooperation through parliamentary diplomacy.

    Mr. Chung Sye-kyun, Speaker of Republic of Korea agreed with the Speaker and said that his government also desires to have cordial relation with Pakistan. He said that his government also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through cooperation in diverse fields. The Korean Speaker said that his country is eager to assist Pakistan in strengthening democratic institutions, aiding in capacity building and trainings.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn The Bomb Blast At Shudda Chowk Quetta - June 23, 2017

Islamabad: June 23, 2017:   National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condemned the bomb blast at Shudda Chowk, Quetta.
                               
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it an inhuman and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such activities are enemies of the country and humanity.   They were confident that the master minds of this heinous crime will not be spared and will be brought to justice.  They prayed for early recovery of injured.  They also prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Elder Brother of Aijaz Hussain Jakharani - June 22, 2017

Islamabad:  June 22, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of elder brother of Member National Assembly and Chief whip Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakharani.

In their separate condolence messages to Aijaz Hussain Jakharani, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the passing away of his elder brother. They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani and the other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to Lead NA Delegation to 2nd Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Conuntries’ Parliaments (Mseap) Held at Korea - June 22, 2017

Islamabad: June 22, 2017:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq   will lead a parliamentary delegation to the 2nd Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments’ (MSEAP) being held from June26-28, 2017 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The delegation will proceed to Seoulon 25 June 2017.

The delegation comprises members of National Assembly of Pakistan that include Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh and Ch. Abid Raza.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, will also meet his counterparts from the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments’ on sidelines of the meeting and exchange views and experiences.During these meetings, a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to inter parliamentary cooperation as well as regional and international developments will discuss.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Mushahid Hussain Syed - June 20, 2017

Islamabad:  June 20, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of  Amjad Hussain Syed father of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
 
In their separate condolence messages to Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the passing away of his father. They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and the other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker congratulated Pakistan Cricket Team on its Victory - June 18, 2017

Islamabad: June 18, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National congratulated the national cricket team of Pakistan over their glorious victory in the final match of ICC Champions Trophy  against India in Oval Ground, London on Sunday.

They praised Captain Muhammad Sarfraz for his astute captaincy and lauded the performances of Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Muhammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Muhammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Hassan Ali and the entire team.

The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker hoped that Pakistan cricket team will continue to perform well to bring more laurels for the country and nation.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Sister Of Syed Mir Muhammad Shah - June 15, 2017

Islamabad: June 15, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of sister of Section Officer (Media), National Assembly Secretariat. Syed Mir Muhammad Shah.

In their separate condolence messages to Syed Mir Muhammad Shah the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his sister. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
   


Afghan Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - June 15, 2017

Islamabad, June 15, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the vital interest of Pakistan and the region. He further said that Pakistan believes in mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors.He was speaking to Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker expressed his desire for enhancing the existing bilateral and parliamentary relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He added that by active engagement of parliamentarians of the two countries, bilateral relations would further improve and strengthened. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the victims of terrorism and extremism; therefore, both the nations should devise a joint strategy and closer cooperation to eliminate terrorism, he said.

Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic said that Pakistan and Afghanistan underlined the need to enhance cooperation to strengthen their relations. He said that both the nations are confronting common threats which need to be addressed jointly.

He highlighted the need for comprehensive engagement and collective dialogue as highly imperative for harmonious relations. He said that Pak-Afghan relations are deep rooted in stronger people-to-people contact, cultural affinities and shared interests.

 


NA Speaker, and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Father in Law of Javed Siddique - June 12, 2017

Islamabad: June 12, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of father in law of Resident Editor, Nawa-e-Waqt, Javed Siddique.

In their separate condolence messages to Javed Siddique the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father in law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


Ambassador Designate to Thailand Calls on Speaker NA - June 7, 2017

Islamabad; June 7, 2017: Ambassador designate to Thailnad Mr. Asim Iftikhar Ahmed called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his chamber at the Parliament House today.
 
While talking to the Ambassador designate, the Speaker said that there was ample scope of cooperation between Thailand and Pakistan in all fields of life particular the economic sector. He said that like Pakistan, Thailand was also rapidly developing country and both the countries can benefit from each other’s experiences. The Speaker said that there was greater need for the enhanced exchange of the Parliamentary delegations and people to people contact. He expressed hope that the Ambassador designate would succeed in further strengthening the existing fraternal relations between Pakistan and Thailand.
 
The Ambassador designate Mr. Asim Iftikhar said that Pakistan and Thailand have already enjoyed good relations and he would particularly strive for enhancing people to people interaction, exchange of parliamentary delegations and finding out venues to increase trade and investment between the two countries.  
 


NA Speaker and Members of Parliamentary Delegation Who Were Visited Afghanistan Condemn the Bomb Blast at Kabul - May 31, 2017

Islamabad: May 31, 2017:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and Members of the Parliamentary Delegation who has visited Afghanistan recently have strongly condemned the bomb blast at Kabul, causing loss of precious lives.
          
The Speaker and Members of the Parliamentary Delegation termed it an inhuman and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They expressed solidarity with people and Government of Afghanistan and said that the terrorists have no religion and enemies of the humanity. They said that people and Parliament of Pakistan stood with their Afghan brethrens at this moment of calamity.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and for early recovery of injured.
 


Ramadan Teaches Us to Follow the Path of Goodness and Moderation; Speaker NA - May 27, 2017

             Islamabad, May 27, 2017:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Ramadan is a month of blessings in which Muslims across the globe seek benevolence of Almighty Allah through fasting and praying. He said that the holy month warrants to be observed by generously helping those who are less privileged and deprived of basic needs. He expressed these views in his greeting message on the advent of holy month of Ramadan being observed by the Muslims around the world.
 
    Highlighting the divine blessings bestowed upon Muslims in this holy month, the Speaker said that this sacred occasion provides us a prospect to seek forgiveness for our sins and benevolence of Almighty Allah. He said that Ramadan enjoins upon the Muslims to reflect munificence to fellow beings by helping those who are needy and less fortunate. He said that Almighty Allah is magnanimous and opens up countless doors of his blessings for those who generously assist disadvantaged brethren to alleviate their miseries. “Fasting in Ramadan guides us to feel for those who are victims of misfortune developing a sense of sacrifice and charity in the society”, he added.
 
       Speaker National Assembly said that Ramadan teaches us to follow the path of goodness and moderation - the way that seeks to promote righteousness and restraint immorality. He said that Muslims reject the extremists and bigots who behind the facade of religion spread terrorism and militancy. He said that such mindset has brought a bad name to a peaceful religion and put its followers to shame. He said that Muslims need to unite against these wicked forces who seek to fulfill their vested and political interests through nefarious and devilish plots in the name of Islam. 

       “May this Ramadan bring the joys of peace and happiness all over the world. I pray that this holy month puts an absolute end to sedition, sectarianism and unrest among the Muslim Ummah and lays the ground for harmony and tranquility in the world”, he said.


The President has been pleased to summon both Houses to assemble together in the Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday, the 1st June, 2017 - May 25, 2017


Turkish Judiciary Delegation Calls on Speaker National Assembly - May 25, 2017

Islamabad: May 25, 2017; A 13 Member Judiciary delegation headed by Mr. Musa Heybet from Turkey called on the Speaker National Assembly of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Parliament House today.

While welcoming the Turkish delegation, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, said that friendship between the Turkey and Pakistan is time tested and has roots in history.He remarked that Pakistan and Turkey are intertwined by stronger multi-dimensional relations well-grounded in shared strategic interests, people to people contacts and cultural affinities.On this occasion, the Speaker was convinced that the people to people, parliamentary, business community, Judiciary and other institutions contacts would bring both the brotherly countries more closer.

Pakistan and Turkey are committed to an enduring partnership in the face of regional challenges, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq added. He highlighted that Turkey shines prominently in Pakistan’s strategic calculations. He further said that a robust partnership is inevitable given the shared perspectives on democracy, geopolitics, development and trade. 

The Speaker paid rich tributes to the Turkish people and their democratic representatives for their historic defiance against the heinous coup attempt on 15 July 2016. He added that the entire world witnessed an unprecedented example of human resolve and sacrifice on the night of 15 July that would continue to serve as an inspiration for all. The will of the people prevailed as opposed to the force of guns, he added.He also paid rich tributes to the Turkish people for their resolute support to democracy and rule of law by foiling the coup.

The Speaker informed the delegation that our Parliament is sovereign, institutions are robust and rule of law is safeguarded by a strong and independent judiciary and all organs of the state worked in their respective spheres. We believe independence of Judiciary and the rule of law, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said.

Mr. Musa Heybet thanked the Speaker’s sentiments for Turkey and lauded the support of people, parliament and the government of Pakistan for democracy and rule of law in Turkey. He also appreciated the stance of entire nation of Pakistan regarding coup in Turkey and the solidarity with Turkish people. He outlined that Turkey acknowledges and appreciates Pakistan’s contribution in the fight for global peace and added that Pakistan has paid a heavy price for global peace and security. 

The head of the delegation expressed that the culture and values of people in Pakistan and Turkey have much commonalities and could be utilized for strengthening mutual relations and for the benefit of the people. He further added that he was touched by the arousing welcome accorded to them upon their arrival in Pakistan. He said that Turkey considers Pakistan as its brother and desires to further solidify the fraternal bonds. He agreed that parliamentary, judiciary and people to people interaction between both the countries is a way forward in this regard.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Congratulate The Newly Elected Office Bearers Of Pakistan Federal Union Of Journalists (PFUI) Dastoor - May 22, 2017

Islamabad; May, 22, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Dastoor.

In their separate congratulatory messages to the newly elected President of PFUJ Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Raza, (Islamabad) Secretary General, Mr.Sohail Afzal, (Karachi) Senior Vice President, Mr. Yasim Khan, (Lahore) Vice Presidents Mr. Akhter Imran, (Karachi)  Mian Saleem Shahid, (Faisalabad)  Mr.Shakeelur Rehman, ( Multan) Raja Muhammad Mehtab Ashraf, (AJK) and other office bearers,  the Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Journalist fraternity reposed in them.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed hope that newly elected representatives of PFUJ Dastoor will utilize their capabilities to resolve the problems faced by the journalist community and freedom of press. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country. They were confident that  during the tenure of the present leadership of PFUJ Dastoor the relations between the Government and Press will become more cordial. They prayed for their success during their tenure.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Senior Journalist and Correspondent “News One” Mr. Fasial Hakeem and Senior Journalist Mr. Yasir Hakeem Correspondent “News One” Rawalpindi - May 20, 2017

Islamabad: May 20, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother, of Mr. Fasial Hakeem, Senior Journalist and Correspondent “News One” TV and Mr. Yasir Hakeem, Senior Journalist “News One” Rawalpindi.   

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Fasial Hakeem and Mr. Yasir Hakeem, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of their Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security - May 20, 2017

Islamabad; May 20, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 4 p.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House Islamabad to discuss the issues of National Security.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the passing away of MNA Abdul Rahim Mandokhail - May 20, 2017

Islamabad May 20, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of Member National Assembly of Pakistan Mr. Abdul Rahim Mandokhail.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their deep sense of grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They said that he was a seasoned politician and during his tenure as Member National Assembly, he had rendered valuable contributions in Legislative Business.

They prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage and strength to his bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Felicitate Newly Elected Office Bearers Of Council Of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) - May 19, 2017

Islamabad: May 19, 2017:  The Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi National Assembly have felicitated the newly elected officer bearers of the Council of Pakistan Newpapers Editors (CPNE).

In their Separate Congratulatory messages to President, Zia Shahid, Senior Vice President, Shaheen Qureshi, Secretary General Ejazul Haq, Vice Presidents Amir Mehmood (Sindh), Anwar Sajidi (Baluchistan) Tahir Farooq (KPK) Rehmat Ali Razi (Punjab), Mehtab Khan (Islamabad) and other officer bearers the Speaker and Deputy said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of the members of the Council reposed in their leadership and capabilities.  They expressed the hope that during the tenure of newly elected (CPNE) representatives, the relations between the media and Government would become more cordial.  They said that good working relationship between the Government and media is vital for stability of democratic system.  They prayed for their success during the tenure.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - May 15, 2017

Islamabad; May 15, 2017: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 42nd Session of the National Assembly.
 
The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 42nd session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan,  MNAs Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Sheikh Salahuddin, Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah. 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn the Bomb blast at the convoy of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, at Mastang - May 12, 2017

Islamabad: May 12, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at the convey of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Deputy Chairman, Senate at Mastang, today which causing loss of precious lives and injuries to Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and others.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it an inhuman and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such activities are enemies of the country and humanity.   They were confident that the master minds of this heinous crime will not be spared and will be brought to justice.  They prayed for early recovery of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and other injured.  They also prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families. 


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq extends Message of Felicitation on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic - May 12, 2017

Islamabad: May 12, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly and Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Chynybai Tursunbekov exchanged messages of felicitation on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic.

The Speaker National Assembly in his message stated that it is indeed pleasure to note the recent positive engagements between Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic amid changing geo-political and geo-strategic scenario. A parliamentary delegation led by H.E. Mr. Chynybai Tursunbekov, Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic visited Pakistan from March 13-15, 2017. The visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan has given new dimension to the bilateral ties between two countries. It was first ever visit of any Presiding Officer of Kyrgyz Parliament and enabled our two sides to reaffirm our support and partnership for each-other.

He said that the Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic share deep ties of mutual respect, understanding and friendship. Both countries are neighbours and also members of the important regional and international parliamentary forums which provide a strong base for a meaningful cooperation between our two sides. Given the unique role of parliamentary diplomacy in promoting international understanding, I feel that our two parliaments should continue to play a proactive role in further strengthening the already existing excellent bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic.

Mr. Chynybai Tursunbekov, Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of Kyrgyz Republic in his message also conveyed felicitation on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations and noted with satisfaction the intensification of bilateral relations between Kyrgyz Republic and Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He said, in recent years, mutual visits at various levels have become more frequent. The last visit of the Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation to Pakistan was a breakthrough not only in the inter-parliamentary ties, but also in bilateral relations. We are optimistic about the bright future of the multifaceted Kyrgyz-Pakistani relations and are ready to make the necessary efforts for their further development. I am convinced that this important date in the modern history of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries will open a new milestone in their subsequent expansion.
 


Ambassador of Belarus Calls on Speaker National Assembly - May 11, 2017

Islamabad, May 11, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called for greater interaction and people-to-people contact with Belarus. He stressed the need for new synergies of parliamentary cooperation between Pakistan and Belarus. He was speaking to Ambassador of Belarus Mr. Andrei Ermolovich in Parliament House, Islamabad.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for expansion of economic relations through sustained engagement of chambers of commerce and other business forums. He further said that Pakistan is keen to benefit from Belarus’s trade, agriculture and manufacturing sectors of Belarus.

Ambassador of Belarus Mr. Andrei Ermolovich agreed with Speaker and said that Belarusian Parliament would be delighted to enhance its relations with Pakistani Parliament so that understanding and cooperation between both the countries could be further pursued.

He said that Pakistan is an important trade partner of Belarus and is interested in broadening trade with Pakistan as both the countries have immense potential to expand bilateral trade and economic relations in diverse fields.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Calls for Enhanced Relations with Kuwait and Tunisia - May 10, 2017

Islamabad: May 10, 2017; Ambassadors of Kuwait and Tunisia called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House Islamabad, today. Wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and their respective countries came under discussion. During meetings with Ambassadors, Speaker has highlighted that CPEC is the ‘transcontinental game-changer’ project by connecting Sino-Pak economic corridor to Africa, Europe and Middle East. He further informed the visiting dignitaries about his efforts for bringing Muslim Ummah together through parliamentary diplomacy.

While talking to the Ambassador of Kuwait Mr. Nassar Abdulrahman Jasser Almutairi, the Speaker said that Pakistan give immense importance to its relations with Kuwait since both the nations were intertwined in eternal bonds of religion, brotherhood and culture.He further said that the bonds of brotherhood could further be cemented through parliamentary friendship and economic cooperation. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called for greater interaction between business communities of both the countries to tap the immense economic potential especially in the trade and manufacturing sectors.

The Speakeralso underlined the need for forging unity amongst Muslim Ummah to confront the challenges of terrorism and extremism. He further said that Muslims should rectify the distorted image of Islam which was being projected by the extremists.He also asserted that terrorists neither have any nationality nor religion.

Reciprocating good gesture of Speaker,the Ambassador of Kuwait Mr. Nassar Abdulrahman Jasser Almutairi appreciated the sentiments of the Speaker and assured his Government’s all-out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He agreed with Speaker and said that Kuwaiti Parliament would be delighted to enhance its relations with Pakistani Parliament so that understanding and cooperation between both the countries could be further pursued.  He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further strengthen by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians and business community of the two brotherly nations.

The Kuwaiti Ambassador also acknowledged that Pakistan has always been a friend in need and stood by Kuwait in difficult times. He admired that Pakistan was the country who help and support Kuwait at the time of Iraq War. He assured the Speaker that resolution of visa related issues to Pakistanis desirous of working in Kuwait has been prioritized by his government.

While talking with Ambassador of Tunisia Mr. Adel Elarbi, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to Tunisia and wants to take the existing warm relations between the two countries to new heights through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He suggested for exploring other avenues of cooperation between the two countries. He also underlined the need for increasing investment and economic cooperation between the two countries. The Speaker stressed enhanced exchange of parliamentary delegations for strengthening ties between the two countries.

Ambassador of Tunisia Mr. Adel Elarbi while thanking the Speaker for his kind words said that his country also attaches immense importance to Pakistan and wants to revitalize its bilateral relations. He said that his country strongly desires to enhance its parliamentary relations apart from cooperation in other fields.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Shiekh Anser Aziz, Mayor Of Islamabad - May 10, 2017

Islamabad:       May 10, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza  Javed  Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of  Sheikh Abdul Aziz, father of Sheikh Anser Aziz, Mayor of Islamabad
 
In their separate condolence messages to Sheikh Anser Aziz, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the passing away of his father. They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and the other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistan Underline Need for Expansion of Friendly and Brotherly Ties with Iran: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - May 3, 2017

Islamabad: May 3, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that robust Pak-Iran relation is inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He further added Pak-Iran Parliamentary engagement is highly imperative for promoting cohesion and stability in the entire region. He was speaking on the occasion of lunch hosted in honor of Mr. Jawad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran along with his delegation at Speaker’s House, Islamabad.Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar MNA and Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan, Mr. Mehdi Honardoost were also present in the meeting.

Discussing regional security and peace, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan and Iran share views on the importance on the establishment of peace and security in the region and the reinforcement of unity in the Muslim world. The regional issues should be resolved by the neighboring countries themselves, he added.Referring to numerous capacities of both countries for cooperation, the speaker said that signing of banking agreement and declaration of Gawadar and Chabahar as sister ports are significant steps in line with using existing capacities in promoting bilateral ties.

Referring to warm relations between Iran and Pakistan, the Speaker remarked that both countries are intertwined by stronger multi-dimensional relations and underlined the need for renewed commitment to diversification of strategic, trade, economic, cultural and Parliamentary relations in the face of regional and global challenges.He also recommended frequent exchange of delegations to assign substantive meanings to inter-Parliamentary relations.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq added that Pakistan seeks vigorous bilateral partnership with Iran to find durable and peaceful solutions to Afghanistan as well as economic prosperity of the entire region. He added that the strategic convergence of mutual interests have paved the way for a vibrant Pak-Iran regional partnership.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mr. Jawad Zareef added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together. He reiterated Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for comprehensive engagement of the Parliamentary committees to explore the avenues for mutual cooperation.

Contending that Iran-Pakistan ties are influenced by the ancient and historical bonds between the two nations, Mr. Mohammad Jawad Zarif said that the two nations have always stood alongside each other in difficult condition and bilateral ties are unbreakable.


Ashraf Ghani Calls Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as Karzai and Abdullah Welcome him in Kabul as Ambassador of Peace - May 1, 2017

Islamabad, May 1, 2017: As the Pakistani Parliamentary delegation prepared to leave Kabul after a hectic three-day tour to the Afghan Capital, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan called Speaker of the National  Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on telephone, thanking him for his bold decision of taking the first step to break the ice between the two neighbouring countries, message received from Afghanistan.

President Ghani also asked the Speaker to convey his message of gratitude to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif for the latter’s sincere efforts in bridging the differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan. While lauding the acumen shown by the parliamentary leadership of Pakistan, President Ghani termed the visit of the high-level parliamentary delegation as a “new chapter in the bilateral relations of the two countries: He also commended the Speaker for his mediatory role and hoped that the visit would pave way for lasting peace and friendship between the two countries.

Earlier, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also assured Speaker Ayaz Sadiq of their utmost cooperation in cementing cordiality between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Pakistan and Afghanistan are twin brothers and will remain so for all times to come,” remarked Mr. Karzai. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met the two leaders separately here in Kabul, where he had landed on Saturday with an unprecedented 17-member parliamentary delegation, comprising the entire political spectrum, represented in the two Houses of the Pakistani Parliament.

“Never in the history of Pakistan has such a delegation of this stature visited any country,” told Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to Mr. Hamid Karzai, reminding him of Pakistan’s utmost sincerity in building cordial relations with its western neighbour. He said that the entire political leadership of Pakistan spoke with one voice for developing meaningful partnership between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “It’s time we move forward in confidence and trust without indulging in any blame-game. Let bygone be bygone and start a fresh,” offered Mr. Ayaz Sadiq.

Mr. Karzai, the former President and the most respected Afghan leader welcomed the delegation, terming it a turning point in the bilateral relationship. He said he saw a very bright prospect for peace. “You have filled me with hope Mr. Speaker,” said Mr. Karzai. The two sides took stock of the existing relationship and agreed on removing all irritants, including cooperation in the realms of security, intelligence sharing, joint border management, refugee handling, enhancing trade, mutually agreed visa regime and regular exchanges at all levels of the state and society.

Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive, while hosting a dinner in honour of the visiting delegation, regretted the time lost in making sincere efforts from both sides. “We are the representatives of the people and if we fail our people, they will never forgive us,” said the Afghan leader. He stressed that it was important for Pakistan to understand that no other country in the world could take the place of Pakistan as there was no parallel to the kind of emotional, historic and cultural affinity the people of the two countries shared between each-other. “We may have friends but the Afghan soil will never be used against Pakistan,” assured Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

While welcoming the statement of the Afghan Chief Executive, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called for putting tangible actions to translate words into deeds. He recalled that Pakistan and Afghanistan had stood by each other in every thick and thin and could not afford to live in animosity in such critical times. “Forces of destruction are playing havoc with the lives and property of our both countries. The looming threat of DAAISH is a challenge, which must be confronted with full might. In such times if we keep on putting the blame on each-other, people on both sides of the Durand Line will suffer the consequences,” said Ayaz Sadiq. It was mutually agreed to take full advantage of Pakistan’s first step of sending a Goodwill delegation and turn it into a sustained process. The visit will be followed by regular meetings of the political and parliamentary leadership of both countries, which will keep a comprehensive follow-up of all rounds of talks between different state institutions in order to remove any arising irritants.

The Pakistan parliamentary delegation, lead by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq comprises Leader of the House in the Senate, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Federal Ministers Gen. Abdul Qadir Baluch, Mir Hasil Bazinjo, and Akram Durrani, Chairman of the NA Foreign Relations Committee Sardar Awais Leghari, Chief of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party MNA Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Parliamentary Leaders of  PPP Syed Naveed Qamar, ANP’s Ghulam Ahmed Bilour,  PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood, Jamat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah, Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and FATA leader G.G. Jamal besides senior officials of the National Assembly of Pakistan.


Protection of Labour Rights, imperative for Economic Development: says NA Speaker - April 30, 2017

Islamabad: April 30, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that nation's economic strength and vigour is determined by the status and standard of living of its labour class and protection of their rights. He said this in his message on May Day being commemorated on Monday.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the labour class plays a vital role in the development and progress of a country; therefore, it is essential to ensure their welfare and payment of proper and timely remuneration for their services. The Speaker said that Islam lays a great emphasis on the welfare and proper award of labour. He said that all the civilized societies in the world have legislated to ensure the rights and welfare of their labour force.

"We are observing May Day with a resolve to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of labour and to pay tribute to the valiant and heroic struggle of the workers of Chicago who sacrificed their lives for the fundamental rights of their fellow workers," he added. The Speaker said that Pakistani labour force is rendering valuable services and contribution in the economies of other countries and was a great source of our foreign exchange earnings.

He said that the present democratic government is pursuing labour friendly policies and have legislated for ensuring welfare of the labour class in the country. The Speaker said that rights and duties go side by side and urged the labour class of the country to work hard with devotion to harness the country's immense resources for the prosperity and development of the country and its people.

The Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in his message also paid tribute to workforce worldwide.  He said that workforce is extremely significant for the socio-economic development of any country.  He said that present setup in the country is taking various steps for the welfare  of labourers and their families.  He reiterated the Government firm commitment to safe guard dignity and status of the workforce.  


NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Stresses to avoid the blame-game and work together to a mutually beneficial future - April 30, 2017

Islamabad, April 30, 2017: In a frank “heart-to-heart” meeting, spanning over five hours, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan told Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq here in the Presidential palace of Kabul that time for peace in the region was running short, message received from Kabul.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq is currently on an official visit to Afghanistan on the invitation of the Afghan President with an aim to lower the tensions between the two neighbouring states. He is leading an unprecedented 15 Member parliamentary delegation of top leaders from both Houses of the Pakistani Parliament.

The parliamentary delegation, comprises Leader of the House in the Senate, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Federal Ministers; Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baluch, Mir Hasil Bazinjo and Akram Khan Durrani, Chairman of the NA Foreign Relations Committee Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Chief of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party MNA Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Parliamentary Leaders of PPP Syed Naveed Qamar, ANP’s Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood, Jamat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah, Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and FATA leader G.G. Jamal besides senior officials of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

President Ashraf Ghani, in his detailed analysis of the Pak-Afghan relations put on table the Afghan grievances and called for a working mechanism to resolve all out-standing differences.

In an academic tone, he talked about the 5th Wave of Terrorism around the world and the impacts of trans-national terrorism on countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. He warned that if the two states failed to address the challenges now, the consequences could be disastrous for both the countries. He stressed on the co-existence of a stable Pakistan side by side a stable Afghanistan. He acknowledged the contributions of Pakistan during the Afghan Jehad and thanked the people of Pakistan for their generous hospitality of the Afghan refugees.

Ashraf Ghani stressed on a “five principles” approach, comprising a prime focus on the state-to-state relations instead of seeking peace with individual groups, honouring each others’ sovereignty; ensuring no use of each-others’ territory against each other, agreement on a common definition of terrorism and opening up of transit trade.

In his remarks, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq made it clear to the Afghan President that Pakistan believed in harnessing good neighbourly relations on equal footing. “There is no Big Brother between us,” assured Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. He said the delegation had come with an open heart to start a new beginning in the bilateral relations of the two countries. While agreeing with the President that there was not much time left, the Speaker stressed to avoid the blame-game and work together to a mutually beneficial future.  The Speaker shared with the President about his proposal of hosting a joint Conference of the Speakers of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China with an aim to seek solutions of the regional problems regionally.

In their respective remarks the each Member of the Pakistan delegation referred to the centuries old ties of the people of the two countries and stressed on harnessing upon the innate goodwill for each other.


A15-Member Parliamentary Delegation Led by Speaker National Assembly to Leave for Kabul on 29th April, 2017 - April 28, 2017

Islamabad; April 28, 2017: A 15-Member Parliamentary Delegation headed by the Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will embark on a two day official visit from 29th April 2017 to Afghanistan. 
           
    The delegation during its stay will meet their Afghan counterparts besides Afghan leadership.  In the meetings, the matters related to enhance the cooperation between the two parliaments, besides resumption of dialogue to address the common issues between the two sides would be discussed. The visit has been given importance and expected it would help both the Governments to resolve the issues through negotiation.  
 
    Besides, the Speaker, National Assembly the delegation consists of Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-UlHaq, Leader of the House in Senate, Federal Ministers, Abdul Qadir Baluch, Akram Khan Durrani, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bazinjo,  MNAs,  Mr. Mehmood Khan Achkzai, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr.  Shafqat Mehmood, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Haji Ghulam Ahmed Khan Bilour, Mr. Aftab Khan Sherpao, SahibzadaTariqullah, Mr. G.G. Jamal and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.
 
    Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi will act as a Speaker during the Speaker’s visit abroad.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn Landmine blast at Kurram Agency - April 26, 2017

Islamabad: April 26, 2017:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the landmine blast at Parachinar Area of Kurram Agency.
       
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such heinous activities were the enemies of the country and humanity and wanted to disrupt the peace in the country.  

They said that such gruesome and cowardice acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Nation and Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and for early recovery of injured.  They also sympathized with bereaved families.


NA Speaker Calls On Iranian President In Tehran - April 24, 2017

Islamabad, April 24, 2017: President Hassan Rohani of the Islamic Republic of Iran has reiterated his country’s unflinching support and friendship to Pakistan, terming it a “trusted brother”. Message received from Iran,he made these remarks during his meeting with the Speaker National Assembly SardarAyazSadiq and the members of his delegation here in Tehran. The over one hour meeting with President Rohani was termed as “President’s special gesture for Pakistan” given the fact that Presidential elections have been announced in Iran and President Rohani came specially for this meeting from his critical election campaign.


 
Speaker SardarAyazSadiqstressed Pakistan’s policy of unity among the Muslim World and assured President Rohani that Pakistan would never take any step that could go against the interests of the brotherly country of Iran. “Our region is worst affected by terrorism. We must pool our resources to jointly curb this menace, which is not only affecting our progress but also threatening our future generations,” explained Speaker AyazSadiq.
 
While referring to the recent news reports on the brutalities of Indian Forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, Speaker asked Iran to play its role in the early implementation on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions for the prompt settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes of the Kashmiri People. He also thanked the President for Iran’s continued support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
 
He also stressed on the Iranian President to turn the fraternal relations between the two neighbouring countries into a mutually benefiting partnership. The Speaker called for enhancing the trade volume, which currently stands at a considerably low level of mere USD 500 Million. “The two countries have immense potential and can help each other in areas like energy, petroleum products, agriculture, citrus and fruit trade, surgical equipment and defence,” said AyazSadiq. He laid emphasis on lifting of tariff and non-tariff barriers on Pakistani products such as rice and citrus.
 
President Rohani, while agreeing with the Speaker, stated that the two countries should take benefit of the complementarities enjoyed by the two countries and forge cooperation where they can benefit from each-other’s comparative advantage.  He showed immense interest in Iran’s joining the CPEC.
 
Both sides expressed satisfaction on the recently concluded banking agreement, which would pave the way for expanded bilateral trade between the two countries through the banking channels.  The Bilateral Payment agreement (BPA) was signed between Iran and Pakistan last week in Tehran. The two leaders also took stock of the advancements in the completion of Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline. The Speaker informed that from the Pakistani side, it was taken up on priority as work on Nawabshah-Gawadar section is in the process, which would then be linked from Gawadar to Iran. The project was likely to be completed in two years. 
 
President Rohani, on his part, conveyed his warm wishes to Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan and hoped that both nations would come further closer in near future. Iranian President was introduced to the Pakistani delegation comprising MNAs, Mr.Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Najaf Sial, Mr.Nadeem Abbas Rabhera, Mr.Ali Gohar KhanMehr, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr.KhyalZamanOrakzai and Saman Sultana Jafari.
 


Pak-Iran Parliamentary Engagement Imperative for Regional Cohesion: Says Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - April 23, 2017

Islamabad: April 23, 2017; "Iran cooperation in fighting terrorism is essential and the role of mutual cooperation in establishing peace and security in the region is undeniable", said Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zatif  in Tehran, message received from Iran.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq arrived in Tehran on Friday evening leading a parliamentary delegation, held important meetings with key Iranian parliamentarians and political dignitaries on regional issues and bilateral relations including   Mr. Allauddin Borojardi, Chairman Committee for Foreign Policy & National security in the Majlis and Iranian Industry, Mines & Trade Minister Mr. Mohammad Reza Na'metzadeh.

Discussing regional security and peace, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan and Iran share views on the importance on the establishment of peace and security in the region and the reinforcement of unity in the Muslim world. The regional issues should be resolved by the neighboring countries themselves, he added.

The speaker called on Iran to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a collection of Infrastructure projects currently under construction throughout Pakistan. He highlighted that CPEC will open new vistas for Iran and Pakistan in China and Central Asian Countries.  Iran can avail benefits by joining it and boosting her exports.

Referring to numerous capacities of both countries for cooperation, the speaker said that signing of banking agreement and declaration of Gawadar and Chabahar as sister ports are significant steps in line with using existing capacities in promoting bilateral ties. Highlighting deep rooted religious, cultural and moral ties between the two countries , the speaker said that the trade volume between both countries is not optimum. He urged on the Iranian side to lift barriers on many commodities of import from Pakistan. Both countries can benefit from mutual imports and exports.

Pointing the miseries of Muslims in Occupied Kashmir and statement of Indian premier Modi , the speaker said that Pakistan  stands for solution of Kashmir issue through political dialogue and according to the UN resolutions.

While talking to Iranian Industry, Mines & Trade Minister, Ayaz Sadiq stressed on enhancing trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Iran in order to bring the two nations closer in all the spheres of mutual relations.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also stressed on the importance of strengthening of economic cooperation between Iran and Pakistan. He added that Iran and Pakistan enjoy very good relations not only in the diplomatic arena but also in parliamentary, security and economic sectors.

Contending that Iran-Pakistan ties are influenced by the ancient and historical bonds between the two nations, Allauddin Borojardi said that the two nations have always stood alongside each other in difficult condition and bilateral ties are unbreakable.


Collective Efforts and Bilateral Decision-Making Imperative for Regional Peace and Stability: Says NA Speaker - April 22, 2017

Islamabad: April 22, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stressed on enhancing trade and commercial ties between Iran and Pakistan in order to bring the two neighboring Muslim countries closer in all other spheres of mutual concern. Message received from Iran, he made these remarks during his formal talks with the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Mr. Ali Larijani in Majlis today at the start of the three-day official bilateral visit of Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation to Iran. 

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who arrived in the Iranian capital yesterday, held a busy round of meetings with the top parliamentary and political leadership, discussing critical issues of border security, Afghanistan, Middle East situation, Yemen and Syrian crisis, trade and commerce and other issues of mutual concern.

During his meeting, with Speaker Lerejani, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq stressed on the two sides to work closely for the progress of the two nations and for the entire Muslim World. “We must not fall prey to the sectarian divide and think for Muslim unity and prosperity,” said the Speaker.

He lamented the fact that though the two countries shared a common border of over 920 kms and yet the trade volume between the two neighbours was disappointingly low. He noted that the recent Joint Economic Commission had set the target of taking the bilateral trade volume to the figure of 5 billion US dollars. However, given the existing potential, this could easily be raised to three times. He stressed on the Iranian side to lift the tariff barriers on Pakistani exports of Rice, citrus, fruits, cotton and other items. He also invited Iran to join the CPEC to boost Iranian exports.

Citing the long-standing religious, cultural and emotional ties between the two nations, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to Iran for regional peace and Iran’s sovereignty. “There are powers who do not want peace in the Muslim world and we must understand this greater international conspiracy,” said Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.
 

Speaker, talking on Afghanistan issue,  said that regional issues should be resolved by the countries of the region without inference of any foreign involvement.
 

He also highlighted the condition of Muslims in Occupied Kashmir and said Pakistan considers solution of Kashmir issue through UN resolutions and political dialogue.

Speaker Ali Larijani also welcomed Parliamentary delegation and extended Iran's cooperation and support in his remarks. Speaker Lerajani, while agreeing to Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s observations, declared that Iranian Port of Chahbahar was not a competing but a complimenting port of Gawadar. He praised Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s frank approach and said that he fully trusted the sincerity of his Pakistani counterpart. “You speak from your heart so I believe in every word of yours,” said Speaker Larejani.
 

The two Speakers have agreed to provide the parliamentary imputes to the ongoing peace initiatives and in this regard, Iran declared its support to Pakistan’s parliamentary initiative of a quadrilateral Parliamentary Peace Conference of China, Iran, Pakistan and Afghansitan.   
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Syed Zafar Hashmi - April 20, 2017

Islamabad: April 20, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of father of Chief Reporter Daily Dunya, Syed Zafar Hashmi.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Syed Zafar Hashmi, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the passing away of his father. They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and the other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Terms Pak-China Friendship Center And An Icon Of Evergreen Relationship - April 20, 2017

Islamabad, April 20, 2017: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pak-China relations have no parallel in international relations. Based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests, Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time, he added. He was talking to a 7- member delegation led by Mr. LU Xinshe, Member of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China and Party Secretary of Jiangxi Province, who called on him in Islamabad. Ambassador of China in Pakistan Mr. Sun Weidong was also present in the meeting.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Sino-Pak relationship is based on the firm foundations of mutual respect, trust, peaceful co-existence and brotherly neighborhood. We have firmly stood by each other in every thick and thin and it is thus that this friendship has passed from one generation to the other, he added.

The Speaker outlined that Pak-China strategic partnership is highly essential for peace and development in the region and beyond. Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as game-changer project for the regional development, he remarked that the realization of CPEC is manifestation of shared dream of unprecedented prosperity for our Region.He said that relations with China is bedrock of Pakistan’s foreign policy and further added that Pakistan and China are committed to an all-encompassing and enduring partnership to support each other at international and regional forums. 

Mr. LU Xinshe, Member of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China termed Pakistan and China as “All Weather Strategic Partners” and asserted that Pakistan has an unrivaled importance in China’s strategic calculations. He added that the leadership of both countries have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations.

He endorsed Speaker’s proposal for cementing inter-parliamentary relations and expressed confidence in the progress of people-to-people contacts between both countries. He further highlighted that China and Pakistan share the vision for regional peace and development manifested in unanimous support for CPEC.


Challenges Confronting Pakistan Can Be Overcome By Following The Teaching of Allama Muhammad Iqbal: Speaker NA - April 20, 2017

Islamabad: April 20, 2017; The vision of Hakeem-ul-Ummah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal was global, encompassing every colour and race of humanity. If we follow his teachings in letter and spirit, the present challenges faced by us could be countered. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed these views in his message on the occasion of 79th Death Anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

The Speaker said that extremism and bigotry had no place in the Allama Iqbal’s scheme of things and he wanted Muslims to be moderate, peaceful and enlightened so that their deeds convince non Muslim to develop penchant for Islam.

He said that prior to 1940, when Pakistan resolution was formally passed; Allama Iqbal's philosophical and poetic writings were instrumental in formation and molding of public opinion. The dream of Allama Iqbal was a great blessing for the Muslims of the subcontinent, he added.

The Speaker said that Allama Iqbal visualized the suffering of Muslim Ummah and masses that led to their melt down and also proposed recipe for their revival and regaining the lost glory of the Muslims. He was the great proponent of unity of Muslim Ummah and reliance on their resources and strength.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA - April 19, 2017

Islamabad; April 19, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of Sardar Makhdoom Hussain Dogar  father of Member National Assembly Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker calls for EU support for Socio Economic Development in Pakistan - April 18, 2017

Islamabad, April 18, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan seeks a comprehensive and enduring partnership with European Union to facilitate human and institutional development in the region and beyond. He underlined the need for cementing inter-parliamentary relations to assign substantive meaning to Pak-EU relations. He was speaking to a Parliamentary delegation of European Union led by Mr. David McAllister, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of EU Parliament who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday. Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain was also present on the occasion.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, remarked that Pakistan seeks strong partnership with European Union to strengthen democratic institutions, and forge sustainable patterns of governance at all levels. He highlighted that Pakistan is committed to promote regional peace and security.Highlighting Pakistan’s role in the global war on terrorism, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan is the stage of one of the biggest fight against terrorism and a military operation is in its final stage which had subsequently minimized the terror threats yielding positive results. He said that Pakistan is making efforts to resolve all outstanding disputespeacefully through dialogue. He further said that peaceful resolution of outstanding issues is imperative for regional peace and stability.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s entire political leadership is determined to fast-track progress on outreach to Europe as part of its regional connectivity endeavors and further outlined that Pakistan’s has resolved to root out terrorism from the region. He also informed that Pakistan is the first Parliament in the world to be completely powered by solar energy and contributes surplus energy to the national grid through net-metering license.

Mr. David McAllister acknowledged Pakistan’s aspiration for regional peace and security and endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expansion and diversification of trade and economic relations. He added that EU Parliament is also keen to partner with Pakistan for uplifting performance of democratic institutions, strengthening rule of law and promoting genuine human development in the region.  He further said that a pro-active role of Parliaments in cementing EU-Pakistan tiesis highly imperative.

The EU parliamentarians praised Pakistan’s continued strides towards democracy and parliamentary supremacy.  They took keen interest in the working of the parliament and sought quarries from the Speaker on the Electoral Reforms, enhanced parliamentary scrutiny of the Executive and its legislative performance.


PIPS Board of Governors approves Institute's Budget for 2017-18 - April 18, 2017

Islamabad; April 18, 2017: The Board of Governors of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) met in the leadership of its President/ Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and approved the proposed Budget Estimates for FY 2017-18 amounting to Rs. 232,198,227/- as well as Revised Estimates for FY 2016-17 amounting to Rs. 210,960,926/- respectively. The meeting was attended by Speaker Provincial Assembly of Punjab Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, State Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage MsMarriyum Aurangzeb, Senators MsRubina Khalid and MsNuzhatSadiq, MNAs SardarAwais Ahmad Leghari, Dr Muhammad AfzalDhandla, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MsShahidaAkhter Ali and Mr Sheikh Salahuddin as well as Secretary National Assembly Abdul Jabbar Ali and Executive Director PIPS Zafarullah Khan.

The Board was pleased to acknowledge the Institute’s increased activities and expressed the hope that it will continue to progress as a center of parliamentary excellence. The Board was apprised that PIPS and Subai Project of European Union will work together to enhance quality-oriented legislative, research and capacity building activities at the four provincial assemblies and legislative assemblies of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Board also expressed the desire that PIPS will take leading role in highlighting the role of Parliament at the national celebration of Pakistan@70. Executive Director Mr. Zafarullah informed that PIPS is working to develop an Index of entire parliamentary debates to enable easy study of parliamentary contribution and debates on key matters of national importance. The Board also suggested PIPS to outsource development of repository of existing laws in phase-wise approach in collaboration with National Assembly and Senate.


NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER CONDOLE THE DEATH OF MOTHER OF MR. SANA ULLAH, CHIEF REPORTER DAWN TV - April 16, 2017

Islamabad: April 16, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of Sana Ullah, Chief Reporter Dawn TV.


In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Sana Ullah, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Extend Warm Felicitations to the Christians on the Eve of Easter - April 15, 2017

           Islamabad: April 15, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has extended warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Easter.

            He said that the Easter is the occasion to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), the culmination of the entire year’s worship and prayers and forty days of fasting by our Christian brethren followed by celebration and jubilation. He said that this joyful celebration of the Feast of Easter may bring happiness and prosperity to everyone in the Christian community.

            The Speaker said that Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. He inculcated spiritual values among his followers to work for the Divine pleasure. His eternal message of love for humanity and for members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in today’s world. He said that in the day of turbulence in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.

            He reiterated that the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities in Pakistan will be fully safeguarded by the government according to the Constitution of Pakistan and guiding principles of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also extended his appreciation to the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country. Their unmatched contribution in the process of nation building, especially in the field of health and education was a glowing chapter of our national history, he added.

            Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings on his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Easter.
 


NA Speaker Constitutes Parliamentary Committee on National Security - April 14, 2017

Islamabad, April 14, 2017: Consequent upon motions adopted by the National Assembly on 21st and the Senate on 28th March, 2017, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, in consultation with the Chairman Senate, has constituted a 33-Member Parliamentary Committee on National Security, under Chairmanship of the Speaker National Assembly, with the following Terms of  Reference:-
 

1.      To discuss issues relating to National Security of urgent nature;
 

2.      To periodically review, monitor and oversee implementation of the National Action Plan with a view to ensuring its expeditious implementation;
 

3.      To monitor the process of transition from Military Courts to Civil Courts through criminal justice reforms
 

4.      To present periodical reports of the Committee to both Houses of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)
 

Furthermore, the Speaker may make changes in the composition of the Committee as and when required. The Committee may make rules to regulate its procedure.The Committee comprises:
 

1.      Mr. Zahid Hamid, MNA
2.      Syed NaveedQamar, MNA
3.      Mr. Imran Khan, MNA
4.      Dr. Muhammad FarooqSattar, MNA
5.      MaulanaFazalurRehman, MNA
6.      Mr. GhulamMurtaza Khan Jatoi, MNA
7.      Mr. GhausBux Khan Mahar, MNA
8.      Mr. Mahmood Khan Achakzai, MNA
9.      Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA
10.    Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, MNA
11.    Ch. Pervez Elahi, MNA
12.    Mr. Muhammad IjazulHaq, MNA
13.    Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, MNA
14.    Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, MNA
15.    Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA
16.    Mr. Iftikharud Din, MNA
17.    Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA
18.    Syed EssaNori, MNA
19.   Alhaj Shah GulAfridi, MNA
20.    Senator MushahidUllah Khan
21.    Senator Sherry Rehman
22.    Senator Dr. JahnzebJamaldini
23.    Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo
24.    Senator Syed MuzaffarHussain Shah
25.    Senator HidyatUllah
26.    Senator Muhammad TalhaMehmood
27.   Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail
28.   Senator SirajulHaq
29.   Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri
30.   Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
31.   Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Sawati
32.   Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour
33.  Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Elder Brother Of Mohammad Mushtaq - April 13, 2017

Islamabad:   April 13, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of elder brother of Joint Secretary National Assembly Secretariat, Muhammad Mushtaq.

In their separate condolence messages to Muhammad |Mushtaq, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his elder brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistan And Afghanistan Are Inseparable Partners For Regional Peace And Stability: Speaker NA - April 12, 2017

Islamabad, April 12th, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are partners for peace and stability, consolidation of democracy, and human development in the region and beyond.  He highlighted that not only historical, cultural, religious and geographical affinities but also commonality of our challenges bind us together in a strategically amicable relation. He was speaking to Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Special Envoy of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

Referring to current trust deficit in bilateral relations, the Speaker underlined the need for comprehensive engagement and collective dialogue as highly imperative for harmonious relations. He highlighted that Pak-Afghan relations was deep rooted in stronger people-to-people contact, cultural affinities and shared interests.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan is the largest stakeholder in a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan and further added that the future of both countries is linked together. He underlined the need for cooperation like brothers to resolve immediate problems and help future generations in building trust networks for mutual gain. He highlighted the need for stronger Pak-Afghan inter-parliamentary engagements cemented by frequent exchange of delegations.

The Afghan Ambassador Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for fruitful and consistent inter-parliamentary relations to bridge the recent trust deficit. He reiterated that Pakistan and Afghanistan are inseparable in terms of joint challenges and both countries are determined to open a new chapter of cordial bilateral relations.

He said that relations with Pakistan were of paramount importance in Afghan foreign policy and expressed his hope that people on both sides of Pak-Afghan border share their future in a peaceful and prosperous region.
 


UN has yet to live up to its Charter: Speaker NA - April 11, 2017

Islamabad, April 11, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the stalemate in Kashmir, Iraq, Palestine, and Libya raises pertinent questions about the role of United Nations in conflict resolution and the future of the world body dedicated to protection of human rights, equality, social progress and peace. He was speaking to Ms. Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary General and Global Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

He said that the downtrodden, under-nourished and poverty stricken peoplepin their hopes on United Nations which has yet to live upto its own charter. He highlighted that the UN stands as silent spectator while India renege on UN resolutions and launch violence, fake encounters, enforced disappearances, rape, murders, and the use of pellet guns against defenseless population as India’s officially sanctioned policy in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He remarked that “while the aggression and blatant violation of human rights in Kashmir to silence the voice for self-determination of Kashmiris continue unabated, the role of United Nations has been frustrating”.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that any double standard at UN forum will risk the future of international cooperation for peaceful resolution of conflicts and subsequently genuine human development. He underlined the need for justice and equality at UN forum and added that UN must not be utilized by certain states to torment others. Referring to the unending and vicious cycle of violence and instability in the Muslim world and the role of UN, the Speaker remarked that the failure of United Nations to prevent the invasion of Iraq and Libya under the false claims of ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ and subsequent mass destruction in the region caused by the invasion has discredited the world body.  He remarked that people have expressed immense skepticism about use of Chemical Weapons in Syria as well.

The Speaker underlined the need for a serious debate at UN forum on international support to Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Taliban and other such groups who disrupt the global peace and security. He added that UN is not just a debating club rather a world body committed and mandated to address pressing global challenges.

While discussing the SDGs, the Speaker underlined the need for a unified global action against malnutrition in all its forms and urged the United Nations Assistant Secretary General to expedite efforts for fast-tracking progress on achievement of the SDGs 2030 Agenda. He informed the dignitary that Pakistan’s parliament is first in the world to establish a dedicated SDGs Secretariat. The Speaker further added that Pakistan’s parliament is the first ‘green parliament’ in the world that provides surplus energy to the National Grid under the ‘Net-Metering’ license.

UN Assistant Secretary General and Global Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement congratulated the Speaker National Assembly on enabling Pakistan’s parliament to switch over to solar power for meeting its energy needs. She remarked that Pakistan’s parliament offers lessons for all parliaments to promote sustainable energy.

She assured the Speaker that United Nations is committed to scale up efforts in combating malnutrition, food insecurity and poverty across the globe. She further added that enhancing the capacity of the parliamentarians and parliamentary secretariat is highly imperative for accelerating progress on achievement of the SDGs.


Pakistan Wants To Promote Solidify Economic And Parliamentary Collaboration With Belarus: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - April 10, 2017

Islamabad, April 10, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called for greater interaction and people-to-people contact with Belarus. He stressed the need for new synergies of parliamentary and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Belarus.He was talking to the parliamentary delegation of Republic of Belarus led by Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Andreinchenko, who called on the Speaker in Parliament House on Monday.Chairman Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Pakistan Mr. Andrei G. Ermolovich were also present on the occasion.
 
The Speaker said that consistent engagement between both countries has added depth to the existing relations and Parliament of Pakistan endeavors to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the legislatures of two countries. He underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to supplement government-to-government interaction. Referring to the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups, he added that consistent Parliamentary engagements are highly imperative for facilitating diversification of trade and economic relations. 
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also called for diversification of the existing collaboration between both countries. “Pakistan is looking for new trade partners as the government has also offered attractive incentives to foreign investors” the Speaker added. The Speaker said that it is the best time for the companies of Belarus to explore Pakistan for investment and joint ventures in areas of mutual interest. He further said that Pakistan is keen to benefit from Belarus’s trade, agriculture and manufacturing sectors in Pakistan. Heemphasized the need for expansion of economic relations through sustained engagement of chambers of commerce and other business forums.
 
The Speaker remarked that Pakistan is committed to foster regional integration by linking regional countries into ‘One Belt’ of trade, prosperity and connectivity. He assured the Belarus Parliamentary delegation that Pakistan is determined to benefit the entire region from CPEC and its sea ports to assist the regional countries in achieving shared prosperity.
 
Talking to Speaker, Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Andreinchenko expressed his desire to cement inter-Parliamentary, economic and diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Belarus. He stressed the need for regular interaction between Parliamentarians of both countries and said that parliamentary engagement could play a pivotal role to bring both nations closer.
 
He said that Belarus and Pakistani business communities were in regular contact and has inked various agreements for mutual cooperation. He said that Pakistan is an important trade partner of Belarus and is interested in broadening trade with Pakistan as both the countries have immense potential to expand bilateral trade and economic relations in diverse fields.
 
Later on, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between National Assembly of Pakistan and House of Representatives of Belarus in an impressive ceremony held in Parliament House. The MoU was signed by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Andreinchenko. Earlier, Mr. Vladimir Andreinchenko, also planted a Sapling of Mangolia Grandi Flora in the lawn of Parliament House.
 


Supremacy of Constitution our Ultimate Destination: NA Speaker - April 9, 2017

Islamabad, April 09, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that supremacy of Constitution was our ultimate destination that guaranteed democracy, fundamental rights and security for each and every citizen of the State. He said that the sanctity of this sacred document was immense which must be upheld at any cost. He expressed these views on the eve of “Constitution Day” being celebrated on April 10, 2017 across the country.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted the historical significance of the day and said that 44 years ago the representatives of the first democratically elected legislature of the country - united by common purpose and an unwavering resolve  – unanimously passed the Constitution of the country as a guiding principle to our journey towards a democratic, peaceful and prosperous country. He lamented that periodic interventions by undemocratic forces held the Constitution in abeyance and retarded the pace of a strong federation and democratic culture. Such misadventures proved detrimental to state of security, human rights and development of the country, he added.

Remembering the sacrifices rendered by the political forces of the country to ensure supremacy of the Constitution, Speaker National Assembly said that the democratic forces while striving for reinstating Constitution and restoring democracy faced enormous challenges and they confronted the tyrannical regimes with resilience and an unrelenting resolve for supremacy of the constitution. He paid rich tribute to those unsung heroes who ceased to exist in the history but made every effort to defend the sanctity of the Constitution by facing torture, imprisonment and even execution enforced by the autocratic regimes.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that this historic day provided us an opportunity to reiterate our pledge to protect, preserve and defend each and every word of this sacred document that united as a nation to live together with liberty, social justice and equality.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate the Newly Elected Office Bearers of Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) - April 7, 2017

Islamabad; April 7, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ)
 
In their separate congratulatory messages to the newly elected President of RIUJ Mr Mazhar Iqbal, Secretary General, Mr.Khawar Nawaz Raja, Vice Presidents Mr. Nasir Mir, Mr. Qasir Shah, Mr. Anees Ahmed, Finance Secretary Mr. Naeemullah Khan and other office bearers and members of governing body the Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Journalist fraternity of Rawalpindi, Islamabad reposed in them.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed hope that newly elected representatives of RIUJ will utilize their capabilities to resolve the problems faced by the journalist community and freedom of press. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country. They prayed for their success during their tenure. 


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker Express Grief and Sorrow over loss of precious lives - April 5, 2017

Islamabad: April  05, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker, National Assembly have expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in blast in a wagon carrying Census Team at Badian Road,  Lahore today.

In their separate statements the Speaker and the Acting Speaker sympathized with bereaved families and paid homage to martyrs.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity they also prayed for the early recovery of injured and asked the concern authorities to provide best medical facilities to them.


Sino-Pak Friendship based on firm foundation of mutual respect and trust: NA Acting Speaker No Parallel of Sino-Pak ties: Murtaza Javed Abbasi - April 5, 2017

Islamabad, April 5, 2017: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that the international community cannot offer any parallel of Sino-Pak ties. He highlighted that Sino-Pak relationship is based on the firm foundations of mutual respect, trust, peaceful co-existence and brotherly neighborhood. He was speaking to Mr. Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) along with his delegation, who called on him at Parliament House Islamabad on Wednesday.

During the call on the matters of mutual interests and strategic environment in the region came under discussion. Acting Speaker highlighted that based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests; Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time.  We have firmly stood by each other in every thick and thin and it is thus that this friendship has passed from one generation to the other, he added. Referring to Pak-China strategic and inter-parliamentary relations, he added that this relation enjoy across-the-board political and popular public support that is unique and sets it apart from the rest of the world.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi remarked that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is manifestation of Pak-China time tested friendship and a demonstration of our resolve to broaden cooperation in all spheres of development. He added that the completion of CPEC will change the destiny of the region and will unleash a new era of Pak-China relations.  Acting Speaker highly appreciated Chinese assistance for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament to switch over to solar power for meeting its electricity requirements. He highlighted that Pakistan seeks Chinese assistance in exploration of renewable energy resources and enhancement of manufacturing capacity of the Pakistani industry. He further underlined the need for increasing the frequency of exchange of Parliamentary delegations to cement inter-parliamentary ties.

Mr. Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) endorsed Murtaza Javed Abbasi’s proposal for cementing inter-parliamentary relations and expressed confidence in the progress of people-to-people contacts between both countries. He further highlighted that China and Pakistan share the vision for regional peace and development manifested in unanimous support for CPEC.

He asserted that Pakistan has an unrivalled importance in China’s strategic calculations and added that the leadership of both countries have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He reiterated that a vibrant Pak-China cooperation is central for tackling challenges in the region and beyond. 
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker felicitate newly elected Office Bearers of APNS - March 31, 2017

Islamabad: March 31, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated Mr. Sarmad Ali, Qazi Asad Abid, Mr. Mehtab Khan Mr. Umer Mujeeb Shami,  SM Munir Jillani, Wasim Ahmed  on their election for slots of President, Senior Vice President, Vice President,  Secretary General, Joint Secretary and Finance Secretary of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), respectively.

In their separate congratulatory messages to Mr. Sarmad Ali, Qazi Asad Abid and other office bearers of APNS, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of the members of the General Council of APNS reposed in them.

They expressed the hope that newspapers and publication industry will progress under their guidance and would guide the Government to improve governance and formulating pro-people policies.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn Bomb Blast in Noor Market, Para Chinar - March 31, 2017

Islamabad; March 31, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blast in Noor Market, Para Chinar  and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured. 


Pakistan refuses to attend the IPU Moot to be held in Bangladesh - March 30, 2017

Islamabad: March 30, 2017; It is with regret and disappointment that the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has decided not to participate in the 136th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly, which is due to begin from April 1, 2017 in Dhaka, People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

A 10-Member Parliamentary Delegation from Pakistan was due to participate in this international parliamentary moot under the leadership of the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

However, the unpleasant decision has been taken in view of the continued malicious and uncalled for propaganda and unfriendly attitude of the Bangladesh Government against the people and the State of Pakistan.

In his statement, the Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said: “The Members of the National Assembly and I have noted with dismay and disappointment the continuing actions and negative public statements of the leadership, public officials and media of Bangladesh despite Pakistan’s restraint and overtures to the country.  I have, therefore, decided not to travel to Bangladesh as a visit at this point will not serve the purpose.”

The Speaker recalled that the Parliament of Pakistan had most sincerely labored to harness good friendly and brotherly relations with the Parliament and people of Bangladesh. It was in this spirit, that the Pakistan’s parliamentary delegation had unanimously voted in favour of the Speaker of Bangladesh Dr. Sharmeen Chaudhary for the post of the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Cameroon in 2014. Dr. Chaudhary had won this election with a narrow margin of 82 votes in favour and 78 against with 10 votes of Pakistan going in her favour.

These positive actions of friendship were again repeated when Bangladesh’s candidate Mr. Abdul Sabour Chaudhary was voted by Pakistan to become Inter Parliamentary Union’s President in 2014 while the same level of cooperation was extended through the platforms of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries and the Asian Parliamentary Assembly.

However, it is noted with much regret that the friendly gestures were never reciprocated in the same coin. The Speaker of Bangladesh did not visit Pakistan despite repeated invitations. The Parliament of Bangladesh also boycotted all international parliamentary moots, organized by the Parliament of Pakistan during the last two years despite personal requests by the highest parliamentary leadership to the Speaker of Bangladesh. This includes the SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference in August 2016, the International Women Parliamentarians Conference 2017 and the Asian Parliamentary Assembly in 2017.

The Speaker recalled his meeting with the High Commissioner of Bangladesh earlier this month in which he had again conveyed his best wishes to his counterpart and had urged for working together to develop brotherly relations.

All such dedicated efforts, unfortunately, fell in vein and Pakistan was time and again targeted and maligned. Such hostile environment would not promote the interest of any side. It was, therefore decided, with a heavy heart, not to undertake a visit to Bangladesh at this time.

The Speaker, nevertheless, conveyed his most sincere wishes to the people and the Parliament of Bangladesh.


Speaker NA Visits Konya, Meets With Governor, Visits Maulana Rumi Mausoleum - March 29, 2017

Islamabad March 29, 2017: Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who is currently visiting Turkey along with a Parliamentary delegation, visited Konya today. According to the message received from Konya, Turkey; Governor Konya Mr. Yakup Janpolat received Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and exchanged views on promoting Pakistan-Turkey ties. Special emphasis was laid on enhancing economic collaboration with the province of Konya, which excels in agricultural production, agricultural machinery, food processing, and defence industry.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq signed the Honor Book placed in the Governor House. During interaction with the local media, he remarked that brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey are of special nature.  He said Pakistan-Turkey Friendship Group is the largest parliamentary group in Pakistan Parliament and the group is working hard to further develop brotherly ties between the two countries.

The Speaker said that Konya has a special place in the hearts of all Pakistanis because of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, a great Sufi Saint of the Muslim world, who was also considered as spiritual master of Pakistan’s national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Governor Konya later hosted a luncheon in honor of the visiting delegation.

Earlier, AK Party Member of Parliament from Konya, Ms Hüsnüye Erdoğan and Deputy Governor Konya welcomed Pakistan delegation at Konya train station. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and accompanying delegation visited the museum and tomb of great Sufi Saint Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi. He offered prayers. They later witnessed special ‘Sema Ceremony’ which was performed inside the museum.  Pakistan delegation visited the symbolic grave-stone of Allama Muhammad Iqbal in the compound of Jalaluddin Rumi’s mausoleum. It may be mentioned that Konya is also sister city of Multan.
 


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Express Grief And Sorrow Over The Loss Of Precious Lives In Train Accident At Sheikhupura - March 28, 2017

Islamabad; March 28, 2017:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting  Speaker, National Assembly have expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in result of collision of train with oil tanker at Sheikhupura. 
 
In their separate statements the Speaker and the Acting Speaker sympathized with the families of deceased who have died in the train accident and prayed for eternal peace of departed souls.  They also prayed for the early recovery of injured and directed the Health Department to provide best medical treatment to them.
 


Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation Led By Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Meets With Speaker Of Turkish Parliament; Reiterates Desire To Further Strengthen Bilateral Ties - March 28, 2017

Islamabad March 28, 2017: Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, reiterated Pakistan’s unequivocal and unwavering solidarity with the people, government and the Parliament of Turkey in his meeting with the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Ismail Kahraman, according to the message received from Ankara, Turkey.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who is currently visiting Turkey along with a Parliamentary delegation at the invitation of Speaker Ismail Kahraman, had a tete-e-tete with his counterpart at the Turkish Parliament, followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides. During these meetings, a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to bilateral relations, as well as regional and international developments came under discussion.  


 
Welcoming the Pakistan Parliamentary delegation, Speaker Ismail Kahraman recalled that SardarAyazSadiq was one of the first Parliamentary leaders to telephone him thrice on the night of 15 July to express solidarity of the Pakistani Parliament and the people against the illegal action. He again thanked for the gesture where both Houses of Pakistan’s Parliament passed unanimous resolutions in support of Turkish leadership and democratic institutions.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq paid rich tributes to the Turkish people and their democratic representatives for their historic defiance against the heinous coup attempt on 15 July 2016. He added that the entire world witnessed an unprecedented example of human resolve and sacrifice on the night of 15 July that would continue to serve as an inspiration for all. The will of the people prevailed as opposed to the force of guns, he said.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underscored Pakistan’s firm and unwavering resolve to stand by Turkey in face of all challenges, including against the common threat posed by terrorism.Recalling the historic and unparalleled fraternal ties between the two brotherly countries, Speaker National Assembly noted with deep appreciation the vital role of the Parliamentarians of the two countries, especially the members of the Pakistan-Turkey Friendship Group, in transforming these cordial ties into a strong partnership. He, furthermore, expressed Pakistan’s resolve to continue transforming this deep-rooted relationship towards tapping the bilateral economic and trade potential for the benefit and prosperity of the peoples of the two regions. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue taking steps to bequeath the exemplary relationship between the two countries to the future generations.

The Speaker thanked the Government of Turkey for the participation of Turkey’s traditional Mehter Band in the ‘Pakistan Day’ Parade in Islamabad on 23 March 2017 – a gesture which was deeply appreciated by the Pakistani people who were enthralled by its performance.During the delegation-level meeting, the Speaker was also accompanied the Parliamentary delegation consisting of representatives from all major political parties of Pakistan, including Mr. Muhammad Parvez Malik; Ms. ShaguftaJumani; Ms. Seema Mohiuddeen Jameeli; Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb; Ms. Shaista Pervez Malik; Mr. Mujahid Ali; Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, and Sheikh Salahuddin. Senior members of the Turkish Parliament were also present during the meeting.Speaker Ismail Kahraman later hosted a luncheon in honour of the visiting Parliamentary delegation.
 


NA Speaker to lead Parliamentary Delegation to Turkey - March 25, 2017

Islamabad: March 25, 2017; A-8 member Parliamentary Delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will embark on a four day bilateral visit to Turkey on Sunday 26thMarch, 2017 .

The Parliamentary delegation accompanying Sardar Ayaz Sadiq comprise of MNAs Mr. Muhammad Parvez Malik, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddeen Jameeli, Mrs. Tahira Aurangzeb, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Syed Amir Ali Shah and Sh. Salahuddin.

During his stay in Turkey, the Speaker National Assembly apart from meeting his counterpart will also meet with Turkish political leadership and business community and discuss matters of bilateral interest. He will also discuss ways and means to further enhance bilateral relations through interaction of Parliamentarians of either side as well as strengthening trade, educational, cultural and investment links between Pakistan and Turkey.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of brother of Mr. Bashir Chaudhary Senior Reporter of 24 News - March 25, 2017

Islamabad: March 25, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Brother of Mr. Bashir Chaudhary, Senior Reporter of 24 News.   

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Bashir Chaudhary, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


Speaker urges people to participate in Earth Hour - March 24, 2017

Islamabad, March 24, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has called upon Parliamentarians and people of Pakistan to observe the Earth Hour on Saturday March 25, along with the international community by voluntarily switching off extra lights for one hour between 8:30pm to 9:30pm. He said this in his message on Earth Hour being commemorated world over on March 25, 2017.

The Speaker urged the nation to join hands with other nations on Saturday March, 25, by collectively acting to conserve energy. The wide scale participation by our people will not only impress upon the need for energy conservation but also send a strong message that as a responsible player on the international stage we are conscious of our global and international responsibilities on issues of concern to the mankind, he added.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, remarked that in pursuant of reducing emissions, the parliament of Pakistan became the first ever parliament completely powered by solar power. He added that under the ‘Net-Metering License’ the parliament contributed surplus electricity to the national grid.

He highlighted that Pakistan’s Vision 2025 considers Climate Change as one of the top national priorities and provides a sound basis to integrate climate change budgeting into national development planning, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker confirmed that the lights of the Parliament will be switched off to show Parliament's Commitment of joining hands with the World for energy conservation, combating impacts of climate change and Global Warming.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Greet Nation On Pakistan Day - March 22, 2017

Islamabad: March 22, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day and said that 23 March  has a special significance in the history of Sub-Continent.

In their separate congratulatory messages to the nation, the Speaker said that 77 years ago, on this day the Muslim of South Asia, under the leadership of Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Lahore, resolved to work for independent Muslim State. The Lahore Resolution which was came to be known as Pakistan Resolution, imparted a new strength and motivate to the movement of independence gave Muslim new sense of purpose and direction.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the Quaid-e-Azam embodied Islamic principles of patience and humanism which in courage him to rally around, not only Muslim public opinion but also support from other minorities to demand and create a separate Muslim homeland. “It is an honor to his leadership and honesty of purpose that with in short period of seven years he secured Pakistan against heavy odds through peaceful means” the Speaker said.

He said that while celebrating Pakistan Day, it was incumbent upon us to resolve the spirit of national unity and follow the Quaid’s guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline. “Let us make a firm resolve to make all out efforts to achieve the objectives of creation of Pakistan and also to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous, democratic country where the will of the people, equality, justice and brotherhood reign supreme”he said.

The Deputy Speaker said that this Resolution gave an ideal to the Muslims and united them for the attainment of a shared objective. It was such an epoch-making event, which changed the course of history for the Indian Muslims.

Both the leaders assured the nation that the Parliament and present democratic government are committed to preserving our great cultural heritage, distinct political and civilizational identity in the light of the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We are making our earnest efforts to bring about economic and social revolution in keeping with the spirit of the Pakistan Resolution.
 


NA Speaker Inaugurates Training of Trainers Workshop on Parliamentary Studies - March 20, 2017

Islamabad: March 20, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq inaugurated a 3-day training program titled “Training of Trainers (TOT): Parliamentary Studies Program” at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS). The program is being well attended by around 36 faculty members and academia from 22 reputed institutions from all over Pakistan, who are either working on the program or planning to introduce the parliamentary studies program in their respective institutions.Under the patronage of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Vice Chancellors, Deans & Head of Departments of 25 universities previously signed the declaration to commence parliamentary studies degree in their universities.

While addressing the participants, the Speaker informed about his initiatives of parliamentary diplomacy, austerity drive in the expenditures of the Secretariat, energy audit for identifying energy wastage, capacity building of the human resource, and creation of paperless environment and electrification of Parliament building on solar energy with the assistance of Chinese government.
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also shared the progressive initiatives taken up by Parliament, which further enhanced the working philosophy and procedures at the Parliament. The introduction of various courses on Parliament’s working supported by PIPS, developing research unit at National Assembly, formation of Legislative Drafting Council (LDC) and importance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Secretariat were few of the initiatives Speaker shared.
 
The participants of the training program acknowledged the dynamic leadership of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and eulogized the PIPS team for organizing such a professional workshop. They also emphasized the Parliament and PIPS to take up equivalency of parliamentary studies as a discipline to political science, strategic studies and social sciences so that students studying BS in Parliamentary Studies and Political Science should get admission to higher degrees with ease. After detail discussion, the Speaker also responded to the various questions and suggestions raised by the participants.
 
The Inaugural session concluded with a group photo of participants with Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who expressed his hopes that the training will result in substantive and valuable outputs from academia to orient our coming generations regarding working of Parliament for the well-being of the citizens.
 
Later on, the participants also visited the Parliament House and witnessed the proceedings of the Session of National Assembly.
 


Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr.Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani called on Speaker NA - March 20, 2017


Indian Parliamentary Delegation Meets Speaker NA - March 15, 2017

Islamabad: March 15, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that elected representatives of both the sides have a responsibility to build strong and meaningful relations between two neighbour countries. He expressed these views while talking to Indian Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Member Lok Sabha who called on him in Parliament House, this evening. Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member Lok Sabha and Mr. Swapan Dasgupta, Member Rajya Sabha were also present in the meeting. Both the sides met in an atmosphere of mutual cordiality, discussing a variety of issues, affecting the relations between the parliaments of the two countries.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that that dialogues and interaction between both the countries from all levels must be directed towards peace in the region.  He called for regular interaction between parliamentarians of Pakistan, and India for enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two parliaments. He stressed for exploring possibilities of joint collaboration between the National Assembly and Lok Sabha in Legislative Drafting, Rules of Business and other Parliamentary Practices.

While apprising the delegation about the formation of Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Pakistan the Speaker said that Parliamentary Friendship Group could play an important role in Parliamentary diplomacy and strengthening the relations between the Parliament.  He further informed that there are 90 Friendship Groups have been constituted in the National Assembly of Pakistan which are playing vibrant and active role in parliamentary diplomacy.  

Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Member Lok Sabha said that parliamentary diplomacy is an excellent way of bringing two nations more closer which amd already tied in cultural and historic bonds. The Indian Parliamentary delegation agreed for regular interaction between Pakistani and Indian Parliamentarians. They also discussed the working of Standing Committees especially Public Accounts Committee and   decided to mutually share the experiences and practices.


Joint Efforts and Mutual Decision-Making Imperative for Regional Development, Peace and Stability: Says NA Speaker - March 14, 2017

Islamabad: March 14, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Yemen are tied in eternal bonds of religion and culture; therefore steps may be taken for further solidifying the existing brotherly relations between two countries. He was speaking to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen Mr. Abdulmalik Abduljalil Almekhlafi, who called on him in Parliament House, Islamabad today.

The Speaker said that Pakistan has always supported the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Yemen and would continue to extend all possible assistance for restoration of complete peace and stability in country.He further added that the menace of terrorism posed common threat in the region and could only be defeated through coordinated efforts by all countries.

Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen Mr. Abdulmalik Abduljalil Almekhlafi thanked the Speaker for his kind words and said that Yemen also considers Pakistan one of its close friends. He briefed Speaker about the current situation and also discussed issues related to serious humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Later on, Women Parliamentary delegation of Iran headed by Ms. Parvaneh Salahshouri and Ms. AghaporAlishshi called on Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Talking to the delegation, Speaker said that stronger Pak-Iran relation is inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He highlighted that lifting of sanctions will pave the way for revival of economic and commercial relationship between Pakistan and Iran.

He added that Iran and Pakistan are intertwined by stronger multi-dimensional relations. Appreciating Iran’s geo-political significance, he remarked that Iran’s role is central to unifying the Muslim world and underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to further cooperation amongst the Muslim countries.

Iranian Member Parliament Ms. Parvaneh Salahshouri conveyed her firm commitment to collaborate with Pakistan’s parliament in quest of more robust and diversified relations between the two countries. She added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together.

She reiterated Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for comprehensive engagement of the Parliamentary committees to explore the avenues for mutual cooperation.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Felicitate Newly Elected Office Bearers of Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA) - March 14, 2017

Islamabad: March 14, 2017:  The Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi National Assembly have congratulated  President  Mr. Qurban Baloch, Secretary General Mr. Behzad Saleemi, Vice Presidents Mr. Sohail Khan, Mr. Khalid Mehmood and Mr. Arshad Waheed Chaudhry Secretary Finance Mr. Hameed Langara, Secretary Information Mr. Intizar Haideri and Joint Secretaries Mr. Zeeshan Shamsi, Mr. Muhammad Jamshaid Khan and Malik Saeed Awan as well as Executive Members of the Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA), respectively.

In their separate congratulatory messages to Mr. Quban Baloch, Mr. Behzad Saleemi and other office bearers of PRA, the Speaker and Deputy said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of the members of the General Council of PRA reposed in them.  They expressed the hope that Association would guide the Parliament for formulating pre-people legislation.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker also congratulate the Executive Members of PRA  Hafiz Tahir Khalil, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Raza, Ms. Rozina Ali, Ms. Hira Waheed, , Shiekh Manzoor Ahmed, Mr Zahid Yaqoob Khawaja, Mr. Shakil Ahmed, Hafiz Abdul Majid, Khawaja Babar Farooq, Mr. Ali Shair,  Mr. Attah Rajar, Ms. Razia Khan,  Mr. Essa Naqvi,  Mr. Abid Rahi, Rana Tariq, Mr. Anwar Raza, Mr. Fahad Chaudhry, Mr. Javed-ur-Rehman, Mr. Akram Abid Qureshi  and Mr. Javed Noor.   
 


Pakistan A Linchpin For Regional Connectivity Between South, Central And West Asian Regions Respectively: Speaker NA - March 13, 2017

Islamabad, March 13, 2017, : Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan has emerged as linchpin in facilitating connectivity between South, Central and West Asian regions respectively. He outlined that Pak-Kyrgyz deeper connectivity will open a new era of unhindered flow of trade between Central Asia and Middle East through a secure and cheaper trade route via Pakistan. He was talking to the parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyz Republic led by his counterpart of the JogorkuKenesh (Parliament) Mr. Chynybai A. Tursunbekov, who called on the Speaker in Parliament House on Monday. Convener of Pak-Kyrgyz Friendship Group Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan and Ambassador of Kyrgyz Republic in Pakistan Mr. BEISHEMBIEVErik Aidarkanovichwere also present on the occasion.


 
Both the Speakers discussed matters pertaining to the bilateral relations with emphasis on enhancing cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. They also shared interests in a broad range of issues like peace and stability, trade and economic cooperation and regional integration.
 
Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to supplement government-to-government interaction. Referring to the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups, he added that consistent Parliamentary engagements are highly imperative for facilitating diversification of trade and economic relations.  He reiterated the need to exploit the economic complementarities of both the states and utilizing their affinities in the domain of history, culture and civilization as bedrocks for regional integration.The Speaker stated that the endemic poverty and human under development in the region pose considerable challenges to the policy makers in the region. He added that these are common challenges and require consistent and durable collaboration.
 
The Speaker remarked that Pakistan is committed to foster regional integration by linking regional countries into ‘One Belt’ of trade, prosperity and connectivity and further added that Kyrgyzstan strategic location and friendly ties with Pakistan shines prominently in Pakistan’s strategic calculation of regional integration. He assured the Kyrgyz Parliamentary delegation that Pakistan is determined to benefit the entire region from CPEC and its sea ports to assist the regional countries in achieving shared prosperity.
 
Kyrgyz Speaker Mr. Chynybai Tursunbekov endorsed Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for consistent Parliamentary engagement and underlined the need for facilitating people to people contacts via tourism, cultural exchange visits and meetings of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups. He also welcomed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification and expansion of trade and economic relations.
 
He said that Pakistani and Kyrgyz parliamentarians have a lot to learn from each other's experience and for this purpose closer cooperation and greater parliamentary interaction is needed. He further said that both the brotherly countries are rich in natural resources which can be exploited through joint ventures for the benefit of both the nations.Endorsing his counterpart’s emphasis on bilateral cooperation for tackling regional challenges, Mr. Chynybai remarked that both the countries have great responsibility in addressing regional challenges.
 
Later on, a Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU)  was also signed between National Assembly of Pakistan and Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of Kyrgyz Republic in an impressive ceremony held in Parliament House. The MoU was signed by Speaker National Assembly Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq and Speaker of the JogorkuKenesh Mr. Chynybai A. Tursunbekov. Earlier, the Kyrgyz Speaker has planted a Sapling of  Mangolia Grandi Flora in the lawn of Parliament House.The visiting delegation also witnessed the proceedings of the House. They were welcomed by the Leaders and other members of all the political parties in the National assembly. Kyrgyz delegation visited the site of Solar Energy project installed at parking area of Parliament House.
 


Speaker Of The Parliament Of Kyrgyz Republic Arrives Tomorrow On A 3-Days Official Visit To Pakistan - March 11, 2017

Islamabad; March 11, 2017: The Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Chynybai A. Tursunbekov will be leading the delegation to Pakistan from March 13-15, 2017 on the invitation of the Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for promoting bilateral parliamentary exchanges and supplementing government-to-government interaction.

The delegation will be received by Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abassi along with senior officials of National Assembly Secretariat at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Rawalpindi. This visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyz Republic is first ever visit of any Presiding Officer of Kyrgyz Parliament.

During the three days visit, the Parliamentary delegation will call on the Prime Minister, the President, the Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly and the Federal Minister for Water and Power. The Speakers of both the Parliaments shall also sign the MoU signing ceremony. Matters pertaining to enhance cooperation between the National Assembly of Pakistan and Kyrgyz Parliament and possibilities of economic cooperation between both the countries will be discussed.The Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Chynybai A. Tursunbekov will also address Members of Pak-Kyrgyz Friendship Group.

The visit of the Kyrgyz Parliamentary delegation is intended to inject a new vitality into the bilateral Parliamentary linkages and supplement the endeavors of government in broadening and deepening bilateral ties with Kyrgyz.

Pakistan and Central Asian Republics share huge economic interests in the region. Pakistan is determined to seek deeper integration with the Central Asian Republics in areas of energy, trade and regional stability. On the other hand Pakistan provides landlocked Central Asian states the closest warm water routes for trade.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Greet Hindu Parliamentarians And Hindu Community On Eve Of Holi - March 11, 2017

Islamabad March 11, 2017:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has greeted Hindu Parliamentarians and the Hindu Community on the eve of Holi which is being celebrated on 12th March.
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that he was delighted to extend his warmest greetings to Hindu Parliamentarians and everyone in Hindu Community on this eve of  colours and lights.  In his message, the Speaker also commended the contributions of Pakistani Hindu Community to the prosperity and progress of the country.  He said that their contributions the every sphere of our national life were extremely laudable.  
 
Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly also conveyed his sincere and warm greetings on the eve of Holi to his fellow  Hindu Members of the National Assembly.  He also appreciated their contributions in national development, fostering national unity and cohesion.


Ambassador Designate To United States Called On NA Speaker - March 8, 2017

Islamabad, March 8, 2017: Ambassador Designate to United States of America, Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, today. Matters of Pak-US relations and mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.



While talking to Ambassador Designate, Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with United States and wants to further reinforce them through escalating parliamentary and trade relations as well as people-to-people contacts.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq applauded Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry’s diplomatic services rendered in Pakistan Foreign Service by building better relations with various countries. He asked him to utilize his diplomatic expertise to further improve the relations with United States by presenting a favorable image of Pakistan to secure trade and investment in Pakistan.

Ambassador Designate to US, Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry expressed his gratitude to Speaker National Assembly for kind words and assured to make all out efforts to further strengthen the relations between both the countries.
 


Women Rights Imperative For Progressive Society: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - March 8, 2017

Islamabad; March 8, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that the role of women was very important in prosperity and progress of every society but it was unfortunate that women around the globe were abused, harassed, marginalized and were compelled to live a miserable life under constant shadow of violence, discrimination and poverty. He stressed upon the world community for collective efforts and better legislation to protect women rights. He expressed these view in his message on International Women day being commemorated throughout the world today.

He said that Islam gives equal respect and rights to women and strictly negated gender discrimination. He said that women in our society are confronting severe problems in education, healthcare and employment sectors. He said denying to women of their due rights was hampering economic progress and development. He said there was a need to change the mindset and perception of people regarding women rights and bring them into main stream.  The women have been sufficiently represented in the present parliament and opportunities have been provided to them for their enhanced role in national development. The Speaker said that Constitution has granted equal rights for life protection, job, business, education and freedom to choose the profession and for the activities in the political and social spheres.

The Speaker said that women representation in public affairs was imperative to the functioning and strengthening of democracy and struggle against the oppression. He said that women need to be economically empowered, therefore, women entrepreneurs are being encouraged to play active role in economic activities. s

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also appreciated role of women parliamentary caucus in National Assembly for protecting women rights and empowering them politically and economically.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mothor Of Syed Naveed Qamar - March 8, 2017

Islamabad; March 8, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of mother of Parliamentary leader of (PPPP) in the National Assembly, Syed Naveed Qamar.

In their separate condolence messages to Syed Naveed Qamar, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Former Cjp Justice Sajjad Ali Shah - March 8, 2017

Islamabad; March 8, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.
 
In their separate condolence messages the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Justice Sajjad Ali Shah. They prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his blessing upon the departed soul and to give patience to bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq calls for EU support for Socio Economic Development in Pakistan - March 8, 2017

Islamabad, March 8, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with European Union which are deep rooted in bonds of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding on various issues. He was speaking to the Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday. First Secretary, Mr. Pieere Michel was also present on the occasion.

The Speaker appreciated EU support for the strengthening of democratic process and institutions in Pakistan. He said that political leadership of Pakistan envisions a long term strategic partnership with EU with special emphasis on strengthening of economic and trade partnership, peace and security and parliamentary cooperation.

Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain appreciated the remarks of the Speaker and said that EU would continue its unwavering support to Pakistan for the development of infrastructure, gender equality, education and health.

 He also assured the Speaker for assistance to the Parliament for the capacity building of Parliamentarians and secretarial staff.


Terrorism Has No Religion: NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - March 7, 2017

Islamabad; March 7th, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that terrorism as a global challenge has no religion nor a single country can claim immunity from terrorism. He further added that unified and collective action against this global menace is the only solution to root out terrorism. He was speaking to the Ambassador of France Mrs. Martine Dorance who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.
 
The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan seeks to add concrete substance to its ties with France and urged the French Ambassador to consolidate Pak-France trade relations. He added that France shines prominently in Pakistan’s strategic calculations of outreach to Europe and underlined the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations in the form of Parliamentary Friendship Groups to explore further avenues of cooperation.

The Ambassador of France Mrs. Martine Dorance endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expansion and diversification of trade relations and highlighted that France is also committed to strengthen inter-Parliamentary and people-to-people ties with Pakistan. She also reinforced French support to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan. French Ambassador highly appreciated Pakistan’s decision to Host PSL final in Lahore and expressed her sincere wishes for return of international cricket to Pakistan.

Mrs. Dorance Martine added that the audacity of the people of Pakistan also deserve appreciation. Referring to Pakistan’s frontline role in war on terror, the French Ambassador highlighted that Pakistan’s steadfast endeavors to root out terrorism offers lessons for the people of France who have witnessed a recent spate of terrorist attacks on their soil.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that the decision to host PSL Final was a difficult decision; however, the people, security agencies and political leadership of Pakistan unanimously declared to host the final in Pakistan and demonstrated that Pakistan is unified against the agents of hatred and terror. He added that entire nation was jubilant to host the PSL Final in Lahore and Government of Pakistan has demonstrated an unflinching resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.


Meeting of the Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties - March 7, 2017

Islamabad: March 7, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly will preside over a meeting of the Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly and the Senate scheduled to be held on 8th March 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), 2nd Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, will now be held on Thursday 9th March 2017 at 11.30 a.m. in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), 2nd Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Government and the other Parliamentary leaders has requested the Speaker National Assembly to give one more day to the Parliamentary Parties to examine and come up with proposals with regards to the drafts of the Constitution (Amendments) Bill, 2017 and the Pakistan Army (Amendments) Bill, 2017 which have already been forwarded to the other Parliamentary leaders by the Parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians.


NA Business Advisory Committee meets - March 6, 2017

Islamabad; March 6, 2017: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 40th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 40th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 21st  March, 2017.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Rana Mashood Ashmed Khan Provincial Minister for Education Punjab - March 5, 2017

Islamabad: March 5, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the Mother of Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan Provincial Minister for Education Punjab. 

In their separate condolence messages to Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Mother of Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Senior Journalist Akbar Yousafzai - March 3, 2017

Islamabad: March 3, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of senior Journalist of Geo News and Daily Jang,  Akbar Yousafzai.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to services of Akbar Yousafzai in the field of journalism and expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Syed Qamar Abbas Shah, DPA NA Secretariat - March 3, 2017

Islamabad; March 03, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Data Processing Assistant National Assembly Secretariat, Syed Qamar Abbas Shah. 
 
In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Syed Qamar Abbas Shah. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Uncle of Javed Chaudhry and Mother-in-Law of Muhammad Bilal - February 27, 2017

Islamabad: February 27, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of uncle of Senior Journalist and Anchorperson of Express News, Javed Chaudhry 

In their separate condolence messages to Javed Chaudhry , the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed profound grief and  sorrow over the sad demise of his uncle .They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him  and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker also condoled the passing away of mother-in-law of senior correspondent Dawn News, Muhammad Bilal.  They expressed deep sense of grief over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah for the solace of departed soul and grant of patience to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.  
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Husband of Senator Nasreen Jalil - February 27, 2017

Islamabad: February 27, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of M.A Jalil  husband of senior politician Senator. Nasreen Jalil.

In their separate condolence messages to Senator  Nasreen Jalil , the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of her husband .They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to her  and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Parliamentary Cooperation and People to People contacts to strengthen relations between Pakistan and Portugal: says NA Speaker - February 24, 2017

Islamabad, February 24, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to Portugal and wants to take the existing warm relations between the two countries to new heights through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He was speaking to Charge d Affaires en pied of the Portugal Mr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa in Parliament House, Islamabad on Friday.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role in bringing both the nations more closer. He informed about the revival of Pak-Portugal Friendship Group in National Assembly and extended parliamentary support in facilitating the Portuguese business community, if required.

Mr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa, Charge d Affaires en pied of the Portugal while thanking the Speaker for his kind words said that his country also attaches immense importance to Pakistan and wants to revitalize its bilateral relations.

He said that his country strongly desires to enhance its parliamentary relations apart from cooperation in other fields. He also conveyed invitation of Portuguese Speaker to Speaker National Assembly to visit Portugal and meet his counterpart.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in blast at Defence, Lahore - February 23, 2017

Islamabad: February 23, 2017:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of the precious lives in a blast  at Defence Lahore today.

In their separate statements, the Speaker, and Deputy Speaker sympathized with the bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the members of bereaved families to bear the loss with equanimity. They also prayed for early recovery of injured and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical facilities to them. 


Meeting of The Leaders of The Parliamentary Parties - February 20, 2017

Islamabad: February 20, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly will preside over a meeting of the Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly which has already been scheduled on Thursday, the 23rd February, 2017 at 11.00 a.m. in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), 2nd Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Government has requested the Speaker National Assembly to also invite the Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the Senate to attend the said meeting.

The following Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the Senate are invited to attend the meeting as per the said schedule:                 

(1)        Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, PML-N
(2)        Senator Taj Haider, PPPP
(3)        Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, PML
(4)        Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, PTI
(5)        Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini, BNP(M)
(6)        Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, PML (F)
(7)        Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, BNP (A)
(8)        Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, NP
(9)        Senator Sirajul Haq, JI          
(10)      Senator Muhammad Usman Kakar, PKMAP
(11)      Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, JUI(F)
(12)      Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, ANP
(13)      Senator Col. (Retd.) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, MQM
(14)      Senator Hidayat Ullah, FATA
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condemn blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's Shrine in Sehwan - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; February 16, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.

 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blasts in Hayatabad Peshawar and Mohmand Agency - February 15, 2017

Islamabad; February 15, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blasts in  the Hayatabad Peshawar  and Mohmand Agency today, causing loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives, and termed these blasts a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They were confident that miscreants involved in those heinous acts would not be spared and bring to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Former Minister of Education Sindh, Dr, Hamida Khuhro - February 13, 2017

Islamabad: February 13, 2017: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of renowned political figure, Educationist and  former Education Minister of Sindh, Dr. Hamida Khuhro.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Dr. Hamida Khuhro. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn the Bomb Blast in front of Provincial Assembly of Punjab at Lahore - February 13, 2017

Islamabad; February 13, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blast in front of Provincial Assembly of Punjab, at Mall road Lahore and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.


In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice.


They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother- In Law Of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed - February 9, 2017

Islamabad: February 9, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  Mother- in- Law of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

In their separate condolence messages to Mushahid Hussain Syed, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his Mother- in- Law .They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Board of Governors Approves PIPS Work Plan 2017-18 and 10% Adhoc Relief Allowance 2016-17 for PIPS Employees - February 8, 2017

Islamabad; February 8, 2017: A meeting of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) was held on February 8, 2017 at PIPS chaired by the Speaker National Assembly/ President PIPS BoG Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The Speaker welcomed MNAs Ms. Shahida Akhter Ali, Sheikh Salahuddin and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak as the new members of Board who were attending their first meeting. Deputy Chairman Senate/ Vice President BoG Senator Maulana Ghafoor Haideri, Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bazenjo, State Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Heritage Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb MNA, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan MNA, Secretary National Assembly Mr. Abdul Jabbar Ali and Secretary Senate Mr. Amjed Pervez also attended the Board Meeting.

Mr Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director apprised the Board about activities of the Institute and presented two agenda items for deliberations. The Board expressed their satisfaction on the robust achievements of the Institute throughout the last year by meeting all targets in provision of legislative, research and capacity building of Members of Parliament and their functionaries. It was also noted that PIPS performed beyond its targets especially with regard to new initiatives in offering promotional courses of officers of the National Parliament, capacity building of parliamentary reporters and orientation of youth regarding Constitution and working of Parliament. PIPS also collaborated with the National Assembly of Pakistan in organizing the momentous International Parliamentary Seminar on Kashmir in January 2017. PIPS Board of Governors were pleased to approve the robust Work plan of Activities 2017-18 as well as Adhoc Relief Allowance 2016-17 to PIPS employees with effect from 1st July 2016 at par with other federal government employees.

Two agenda items were deliberated. The Board reviewed the Revised Budget FY 2016-17 and Estimates of Budget FY 2017-18 and President PIPS BoG advised that finance units of PIPS, National Assembly and Senate to consolidate these in the approved government format of Budget. A Committee comprising the Secretaries of Senate and National Assembly will then presents same for final approval of BoG as soon as possible. Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb and Convener of BoG Sub Committee presented a report of HR review under process. She informed that Executive Director is finally preparing a draft of new organogram, JDs and TORs for PIPS, which will also be furnished for the guidance of Board in its next meeting. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed the hope that PIPS will continue to offer its robust legislative, research and training work plan in the able guidance and teamwork of the PIPS BoG. The meeting concluded with presentation of the Vote of Thanks by Executive Director.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Mr. Mehtab Khan Chief Editor Daily Ausaf - February 6, 2017

Islamabad: February  6, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of mother of Mr. Mehtab Khan, Chief Editor, Daily Ausaf.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Mehtab Khan, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the passing away of his mother. They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and the other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Egypt wishes to participate in CPEC, CPEC manifests integration from 'Shores of Nile to soil of Kashghar': Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker NA - February 5, 2017

Islamabad; February 5, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stated that Egypt’s participation in CPEC will assign substantive meanings to the ‘transcontinental game-changer’ project by connecting Sino-Pak economic corridor to Africa, Europe and Middle East. The Speaker remarked that Egypt’s proposal to join CPEC is akin to Allama Iqbal’s allusion to integration ‘from the shores of Nile to the Soil of Kashghar’, albeit in a different context. He was talking to the media and discussing the proposal of Egyptian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Sherif Shaheen, who called on him on Thursday at Parliament House, Islamabad.

Welcoming Egypt’s proposal to join CPEC, the Speaker remarked that Egypt’s participation in CPEC will open a new channel of unhindered flow of trade between Africa and China through a secure and cheaper trade route via Pakistan. Speaker highlighted that Pakistan can emerge as linchpin in shortening trade distance between China and Egypt, and subsequently Africa and Europe, from months to days by circumventing the strait of Malacca and South China Sea.

The Speaker highlighted that  Pakistan is committed to foster regional integration by linking regional countries into ‘One Belt’ of trade, prosperity and connectivity and further added that Egypt’s location as gateway  between Africa, Middle East and Europe is central to Pakistan’s strategic calculation of regional integration.  CPEC has the potential to effect an unparalleled connectivity between China, Europe and Africa through connecting Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and subsequently Mideterenian sea.

He added that Egypt’s proposal reinforces the idea that CPEC is not just a Pakistan-China bilateral trade corridor but a transcontinental project with potential to emerge as central hub of the world economy. He underlined the need for inclusion of other Middle Eastern countries to optimally realize the benefits of ‘Corridor of prosperity’. He concluded that extension of CPEC to Egypt will unleash new dividends of common economic prosperity, joint development, energy security and connectivity within the region and beyond.


Brutal Force cannot Gag the voice of Freedom in Kashmir: Speaker NA - February 4, 2017

Islamabad: February 4, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stated that Kashmir issue was not just a territorial dispute but a question of people’s inherent right to self-determination. He added that brutal force and propaganda cannot gag the voice of freedom nor it can alter Pakistan’s resolute and principled stance on the issue of Kashmir. He said this in his message at the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day to be commemorated across Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on February 5 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

Referring to the future of South Asia and Kashmir dispute, the Speaker remarked that peace in South Asia will remain allusive when world’s so called largest democracy unleash brute force against the people of Kashmir. He added that it is irony that the international community stands as silent spectator while India renege on UN resolutions and launch violence, fake encounters, enforced disappearances, rape, murders, and the use of pellet guns against defenseless population as India’s officially sanctioned policy in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the United Nations and international community to ensure the implementation of its own resolutions on Kashmir and ensure its own relevance in international disputes resolutions.

Highlighting Pakistan’s steadfast support to the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people, the Speaker reinforced Pakistan’s unwavering historic stance on Kashmir and added that the people and Government of Pakistan will continue to provide all kinds of moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people at every forum. He highlighted that recently National Assembly of Pakistan hosted an international conference on Kashmir to urge the international community to play a larger role in resolution of the Kashmir problem and take notice of Indian high handedness in Kashmir. He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference.

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various international forums. He added that Pakistan is a voice of the oppressed Kashmiris and will continue to stand with the Kashmiri brethren through every thick and thin.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Legendary Urdu Writer Bano Qudsia - February 4, 2017

Islamabad February 4, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of legendary Urdu writer and thinker Bano Qudsia.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Bano Qudsia. They said that Bano Qudsia was an asset of Pakistan and she had innumerable services in the field of Urdu literature. Her demise has left a huge space in the literary field and her writings would be remembered for generations to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Muhammad Zubair on Oath Taking as Governor Sindh - February 2, 2017

Islamabad February 02, 2017:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the Muhammad  Zubair on oath taking as Governor Sindh.
 
In their separate congratulatory messages to Muhammad Zubiar, the  Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended warm facilitation to him on taking oath as Governor Sindh. They said that said his appointment as Governor Sindh was the evidence of trust and confidence of leadership reposed in his acumen and capabilities.
 
They were confident that under the guidance of Muhammad Zubair, the government of Sindh would initiate policies which would usher in an era of development and welfare of the Province. They expressed the hope that under his sagacious leadership, the Province will witness development and prosperity and relations between federation and province become more cordial. They prayed for his success during his tenure.
 


Collective Efforts and Bilateral Decision-Making Imperative for Regional Development, Peace and Stability: Says NA Speaker - February 2, 2017

Islamabad: February 2, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq discussed matters of forging deeper relationship and partnership with Azerbaijan, Egypt and Sri Lanka in separate meetings with their Ambassadors and High Commissioner on Thursday.  The Speaker called for diversification of trade and economic relations to assign substantive meanings to bilateral cooperation.

While speaking to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Ali Alizada, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan’s quest for regional outreach to Central Asian Republic attaches paramount importance to vitality of its relations with Azerbaijan.  He added that both the countries have extended unflinching support to each other at various international forums on the issues of Kashmir and Nagorno Karabakh respectively. Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to enhance bilateral relations, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for diversification of trade, economic and parliamentary relations to assign substantive meanings to bilateral collaboration.He said that both the countries have commonalities of views and perceptions on various regional and international issues. The Speaker stressed the need for enhancing cooperation between the legislatures of brotherly countries.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Ali Alizada highly appreciated Pakistan’s gesture of friendship with Azerbaijan and the political leadership of Azerbaijan is committed to strengthen its ties with Pakistan.He also reciprocated Azerbaijan’s commitment to an enduring, comprehensive, diversified and warm relations with Pakistan manifested in trade and economic dividends for both nations. Mr. Ali Alizada also called for instilling new vitality in inter-Parliamentary relations.

In a separate meeting with the Ambassador of Egypt, Mr. Sherif Shaheen, the Speaker said that Pakistan and Egypt cherish warm bilateral relations deeply rooted in religious, cultural affinities and aspirations to play a role to address divisions within the Muslim world. He informed the dignitary that Pakistan seeks to play a larger role to prevent Muslim world’s descent into factions, violence, instability and underdevelopment. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for comprehensive engagement between the two countries in areas of reforms in education, strengthening democratic institutions and promoting genuine human development. The Speaker also invited his Egyptian counterpart to visit Pakistan with their parliamentary delegation.

Egyptian Ambassador H.E Mr. Sherif Shaheen acknowledged Pakistan’s endeavors for promoting unity among the Muslims nations and expressed his hope that Pakistan and Egypt will continue to partner for a stable, peaceful and progressive Muslim world. He endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for collaboration to promote sustainable patterns of governance and assist each other in institutional building for effective governance.

Later on talking with High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, the Speaker highly appreciated Pak-Sri Lanka relations based on mutual interest and aspirations for a peaceful South Asian region. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan highly count on friendly relations with Sri Lanka in its quest to promote peace in the region and strengthen cooperation within the SAARC. The Speaker reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate people-to-people contacts and enhance Parliamentary engagement with Sri Lanka.

The Sri-Lankan High Commissioner Major General ®Jayanath Lokuketagodage said that Sri Lanka attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and will continue to partner with Pakistan in diversification of trade and economic relations. He remarked that Sri Lanka shares Pakistan’s concern for equitable growth and sustainable development in South Asian region.

 


Pak-Iran Parliamentary Engagement Imperative for Regional Cohesion: NA Speaker - January 26, 2017

Pak-Iran Parliamentary Engagement Imperative for Regional Cohesion: NA SPEAKER

BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS THE BACK BONE OF THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY: SAYS NA SPEAKER

Islamabad: January 26, 2017; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Muslim World is passing through a turbulent phase in the history while facing economic stagnation, internal divisions and violent conflicts. This is the right time for closer and consistent Parliamentary engagement to restrain the descent into chaos of the Muslim world.  He termed Pak-Iran Parliamentary engagement as ‘highly imperative’ for cohesion of the entire region.  He was speaking to a delegation headed by Mr. AllauddinBoroujerdi, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who called on the Speaker at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday. Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan, Mr. Mehdi Honardoost was also present in the meeting.

The Speaker said that Iran and Pakistan are bonded in the eternal ties of religion, culture and history and there is commonality of views and perceptions of both the countries on all regional and global issues. He also expressed the need for increase of contacts between the Parliamentarians and political leadership of the two countries as well as people to people contact.

Speaking to the Iranian Parliamentary delegation, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pakistan has embarked upon a regional focus in the pursuit of shared prosperity. He added that Iran shines prominently in strategic calculations of Pakistan’s Parliamentary diplomacy and recommended frequent exchange of delegations to assign substantive meanings to inter-Parliamentary relations. The Speaker reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to consolidate all encompassing brotherly relations between Iran and Pakistan and urged for enhancing trade and people to people relations.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan has always played a leading role to promote unity among the Muslim world and continue to leverage its influence for promoting cohesion, cooperation and collaboration amongst the Muslim countries.

Mr. Allauddin Boroujerdi conveyed his firm commitment to collaborate with Pakistan’s parliament in quest of more robust and diversified relations between the two countries. He added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together. He reiterated Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for comprehensive engagement of the Parliamentary committees to explore the avenues for mutual cooperation.

Later on while meeting with a group of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Islamabad headed by Mr. Khalid Iqbal Malik, President ICCI, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the government is following investor-friendly policies. “Business community is the back bone of the economy of the country and holds a pivotal role for job creation as well as progress and prosperity of the country” he added.

The delegation apprised the Speaker of the difficulties and problems being faced by the business community. The Speaker assured that the Parliament and the government would extend every possible help to the business community and traders for smooth and effective running of their business and trade activities.
 


Meeting of the leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly on Friday, 27th January 2017 - January 26, 2017

Islamabad, January 26, 2017: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will preside over a meeting of the leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly on Friday, 27th January 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast in Sabzi Mandi, Para Chinar - January 21, 2017

Islamabad; January 21, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the bomb blast in Sabzi Mandi, Para Chinar  and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
 
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Maulana Saleemullah Khan, President Wafaq Ul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan - January 16, 2017

Islamabad: January  16, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  Prominent Religious Scholar and President Wafaq-ul-Mardaris Al-Arabia Pakistan, Maulana Saleemullah Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to religious  services of Maulana Saleemullah Khan and expressed their heartfelt grief and distress over the sad demise .They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the members of  bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Speaker Ayaz Sadiq Meets Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary General Akbar Khan - January 14, 2017

Islamabad: January 14, 2017; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan has stressed the international parliamentary community to actively engage with and strengthen the parliamentary institutions of Pakistan. He stated this during his meeting with Akbar Khan, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), who met him in London, says a press release received from London here today.

The two sides discussed in detail numerous capacity building proposals for the parliamentarians as well as the parliamentary staff of not only Pakistan’s legislatures but of the neighboring countries as well. Pakistan’s National Assembly presently houses the Secretariat of the CPA’s Asia Region of which Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also members, apart from the four provincial legislatures and the federal parliament of Pakistan.

In this regard, it was agreed to hold the overdue CPA Asia Region Conference, which could not be held since 2012. The idea of holding “CPA Hot Topic Seminars” on issues of concern for Pakistan and organizing Workshops on legislative drafting, E-Parliament, Committee Strengthening and Parliamentary Procedures were also discussed.

The Secretary General commended the Speaker for his vision and eagerness to strengthen the parliamentary institutions in Pakistan. He assured CPA Secretariat’s complete support in Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s endeavors’. The Speaker termed Akbar Khan “a true friend of Pakistan’s Parliament”.
 


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Calls Upon A Strong Commonwealth Parliamentary Partnership - January 13, 2017

Islamabad: January 13, 2017; Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called upon the developed countries of Commonwealth to share parliamentary experience with the developing democracies of the Association, in order to face common challenges. According to a message received from London, he was addressing the Standing Committee Meeting of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Countries (CSPOC), which held its meeting in London today.


 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is attending the Meeting as the Standing Committee Member from the Asia Region. He was elected to this prestigious post in the last meeting of the CSPOC, held in Malaysia in 2016.
 
The meeting, which was attended by the Speakers of the UK, Canada, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Seychelles and the Deputy Speakers of Singapore, Nigeria besides others finalized the agenda for its next General Conference, scheduled to be held in Seychelles in 2018. Pakistan’s delegation took active part in the proceedings and all topics for discussion for the future conference, as proposed by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq were unanimously accepted by the Standing Committee.
 
SardarAyazSadiq briefed the Meeting about his initiatives of promoting the Parliamentary Diplomacy by organizing 88 Friendship Groups with sister Parliaments in the National Assembly of Pakistan. He termed it important to seek solutions to regional and international problems and hence proposed that the Conference should discuss “Speaker’s Role in promoting Parliamentary Diplomacy for International and Regional Cooperation.” The Topic was approved for the next Conference.
 
In another mover, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq proposed discussing the Speaker’s role in ensuring parliamentary oversight over the Executive. He elaborated the suggested topic by giving examples from his own experience of encouraging Calling Attention Notices, ensuring the presence of senior government officials during the Question Hour and other measures. The meeting appreciated Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s initiatives and agreed to incorporate the issue of Parliamentary Oversight in the forthcoming Conference’s topics.
 
On the sidelines of the Meeting, the Speaker held important meetings with the participating Speakers as well as with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Bareness Scotland.
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of Abdul Akbar Khan former Deputy Speaker KPK Assembly - January 13, 2017

Islamabad: January  13, 2017:   Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  seasoned politician and former Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Assembly Abdul Akbar Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to his son Abdal Akbar  the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Abdul Akbar Khan.  They  paid reach tributes to his  political and social services. “His services for the promotion   and strengthening of democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come”,  they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the members of  bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Governor Sindh Justice (Retd) Saeed Uz Zaman Siddiqui - January 11, 2017

Islamabad January 11, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Governor Sindh Justice (retd) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Governor Sindh. They said that the services of Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui in the field of judiciary and upholding rule of law would be remembered. He was an upright and honest Judge who never compromised on his principles and remained impartial in delivery of justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker Visits Iranian Embassy to Condole the Death of Former President Ali Akbar Hashmi Rafsanjani - January 10, 2017


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Ms. Jeda Khalid, Former MPA Punjab and Niece of Ch. Shujaat Hussain and Ch. Pervaiz Elahi - January 8, 2017

             Islamabad: January 8, 2017: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Ms. Jeda Khalid former Member Provincial Assembly Punjab and Niece of the Ch. Shujaat Hussain President Pakistan Muslim League (Q) and Ch. Pervaiz Elahi President PML (Q) Punjab.

             In their separate condolence messages to Ch. Shujaat Hussain and Ch. Perviz Elahi. Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of their, Niece. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan - January 5, 2017

Islamabad: January 05, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, renowned Classical Singer.

In their separate condolence messages to bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the passing away of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. They paid rich tribute to the services of the Ustad Fatah Ali Khan in the field of music. They said that lacuna created with his death in the field of music is difficult to fill.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Collective Efforts And Bilateral Decision-Making Imperative For Regional Peace And Stability: Says NA Speaker - January 3, 2017

Islamabad, January 3, 2017: Commander of Bahraini National Guards, Member of Legislative Assembly Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Ambassadors of Belarus called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, Islamabad, today.

Talking to the Lt. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa Commander of Bahraini National Guards, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that sustained cooperation between the Muslim countries is highly imperative for confronting challenges posed by terrorism and internal divisions. He outlined that Pakistan is committed to partnership with Bahrain to promote unity and cooperation among the Muslim world. He underlined the need to rectify the distorted image of Islam as projected by the extremists and negatively propagated by the western media as intolerant and violent religion.  He reiterated that Islam is a religion of peace that abhorred terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.He outlined that Pakistan condemns oppression of Muslims in Palestine and Kashmir alike and will continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to the freedom struggle of both the counties.


Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for collaboration to confront shared challenges and urged the need for deeper engagement between the two friendly countries. He added that the Muslim world is confident of Pakistan’s leadership and expressed his hope that Pakistan will continue to assist the regional countries in overcoming the menace of terrorism. He assured the Speaker National Assembly that Bahrain will stand Pakistan’s partner in uplifting regional development.



While talking to the Mr. Andrei Ermolovich Ambassador of Belarus, the Speaker National Assembly informed the dignitary that Pakistan aspires to deepen and diversify bilateral engagement with Belarus. He said that Pakistan’s political leadership has embarked upon an unprecedented regional outreach for addressing developmental challenges .He underlined the need for forging synergies in areas of agriculture, energy, and technology and further stressed the role of Parliamentary engagement in cementing bilateral relations.

Mr. Andrei Ermolovich, Ambassador of Belarus endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for forging synergies in expanding cooperation and overcoming regional challenges. He underlined the need for facilitating people to people contacts in cementing bilateral relations.

While discussing the issue of Kashmir dispute with Ms. Sehrish Qamar, Member of Legislative Assembly AJK, Sardar Ayaz Sadiqsaid that the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region. He said that Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions.

Ms. Sehrish Qamar highly appreciated the endeavors of the Parliament of Pakistan in taking up the Kashmir issue at various bilateral and multilateral forums. She added that the role of Parliamentary diplomacy is central to supporting the Kashmir cause. She expressed confidence in efforts of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to prioritize Kashmir issue at international forums.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother and Brother of Sajid Ahmed, MNA - January 2, 2017

Islamabad: January 2, 2017:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of Mother and Brother of Member National Assembly, Sajid Ahmed.
          
In their separate condolence messages to Sajid Ahmed, the Speaker and Deputy the Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news of passing away of his mother and brother.  They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demises and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


PAKISTAN USHERS INTO A NEW YEAR OF SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CONSOLIDATION OF DEMOCRACY: SPEAKER NA - December 31, 2016

Islamabad: December 31, 2016: In his felicitation message to the nation on the eve of New Year, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his hope that the dawn of 2017 will usher Pakistan into a new year of sustained economic growth coupled with uplift of the common man and consolidation of democracy.

The upcoming 2017 will surely bear witness to the fact that we have decisively turned a page in our history and have embarked upon our national journey afresh with the resolve to overcome the challenges of the era. The Speaker reiterated the resolve of the incumbent government to an inclusive democracy dedicated to the uplift of the downtrodden and streamlining of the marginalized strata of the society.He remarked that the days of terrorism in Pakistan are numbered and expressed his confidence that 2017 will further consolidate Pakistan’s march towards peace and prosperity. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq paid a rich tribute to the services of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies for the defense, integrity and security of Pakistan and added that the nation stands in solidarity with the families of martyrs.

Referring to Pakistan’s challenges, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the march of resilient Pakistani state and society will overcome the mounting challenges. He urged his fellow countrymen to shun all the differences and unite under the banner of faith, unity and discipline as espoused by the founding father. He underlined the need for promoting religious harmony and interfaith dialogue to pursue the ideals of equal development and mutual coexistence as central element for a pluralistic Pakistani state.

Speaker expressed his hope that Pakistan will continue to reverse the tides of poverty by enriching the youth bulge with employable skills and spirit of entrepreneurship. Referring to Pakistan’s regional objectives, he highlighted that Pakistan is committed to a peaceful South Asian region and will continue to cooperate with other regional players for peace in the region.Wishing a happy New Year to the people of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed a sanguine hope that the nation will make the best of the New Year.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Aunt of Mr. Asif Ali Bhatti Senior Reporter of Geo News - December 31, 2016

Islamabad: December 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Aunt of Mr. Asif Ali Bhatti  Senior Reporter of Geo News.

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Asif Ali Bhatti, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Aunt. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Mr. Naveed Azhar Senior Reporter and Producer of PTV - December 28, 2016

Islamabad: December 28, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of Mr. Naveed Azhar Senior Reporter and Producer of PTV. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Naveed Azhar, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto was Indelibly Imprinted in The National Politics: Says NA Speaker - December 27, 2016

Islamabad; December 27, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto was a stateswoman and a visionary political leader. She had achieved a unique status in Pakistani politics due to her extraordinary intelligence, tireless efforts and bold style of politics.  Paying homage to the former twicely elected  Prime Minister Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto on her 9th death anniversary, he said that she had the courage to challenge the worst dictatorship of the times. Pakistani political leaders remembered her as a leader who gave voice to the downtrodden and worked for the national unity, he added.

The Speaker recalled the day of her assassination as a 'sad chapter in the political history of the country'. He said that Mohtarama strongly believed in reconciliation and forbearance. He called upon all the political forces to rise above party lines to work for the democracy and prosperity of the country.

May Allah Rest the soul of Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto in eternal peace (Ameen), Speaker prayed.
 


NA Speaker Felicitates Newly Elected Office Bearers of Lahore Press Club - December 26, 2016

Islamabad: December 26, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Mian, Mr. Zahid Gogi, Mr. Abdul Majeed Sajid and Mr. Ahsan Shaukat on their election for slots of President, Vice President, Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Lahore Press Club.

In their congratulatory messages to Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Mian, Mr. Zahid Gogi, Mr. Abdul Majeed Sajid, Mr. Ahsan Shaukat and other office bearers of LPC, the Speaker said that their election is an evidence of trust and confidence of the members of the LPC reposed on them.

He hoped that they will work for welfare of journalist community and succeed to resolve problems confronting to them. The Speaker said that freedom of expression is essential for strengthening democracy in the country and free and independent media serve the interest of the people by acting as an impartial critic of government policies.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker extend warm felicitations to the Christian on Christmas - December 24, 2016

Islamabad: December 24, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have extended warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.

In his message, the Speaker said that Prophet Jesus Christ was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace and tolerance and brotherhood. The Muslims deeply revere Prophet Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Almighty Allah, he said.

The Speaker, on this happy occasion, reiterated the pledge of the Parliament and government to fully safeguard the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities according to the Constitution of Pakistan and guiding principles of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings to his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. He said that Jesus Christ’s eternal message of love for humanity and for the Members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in the world.

He said that in face of the current challenging situation in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker stress the nation to follow the principles of Quaid-e-Azam in order to lead Pakistan to progress and prosperity - December 24, 2016

Islamabad: December 24, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have said that every Pakistani should follow the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to attain a respectable and dignified place for Pakistan in the comity of nations.They expressed these views in their separate messages to nation on 140thBirth Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Speaker said that Quaid-e-Azam was a great leader of 20th Century and was a symbol of integrity and honesty. He also desired that every citizen should have equal opportunities of education, health, progress and justice, he said.

The Deputy Speaker National Assembly said that the befitting way to pay tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is to forge unity among our ranks, work hard for the progress and prosperity of the country.

He said that we should focus on unity, faith and discipline in order to lead Pakistan to progress and prosperity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mother in Law of Former NA Speaker and MNA, Dr. Fehmida Mirza - December 24, 2016

Islamabad December 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Mother- in- law of Former NA Speaker and MNA Dr. Fehmida Mirza.

In their separate condolence messages to Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of her Mother-in-law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Syed Anwar Qadwai, Senior Journalist and Columnist of Daily Jang - December 23, 2016

Islamabad December 23, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of senior journalist and columnist of Daily Jang, Syed Anwar Qadwai.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Syed Anwar Qadwai , they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


All Religions of The World Teach Peace, Harmony, Respect for Humanity and Love: Speaker National Assembly - December 21, 2016

Islamabad: December 21, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan could be steered on the path of progress and prosperity by promotion of interfaith harmony in the country. He expressed these views while addressing a reception organized for Christian Employees of Parliament House in connection with the Christmas, here today.

The Speaker said that all religions of the world taught peace, love, tolerance and respect for humanity. He stressed the need for dialogue among different religions and civilizations for promotion of harmony and tranquility. He said that for a better future we should shun our differences and share our grief and rejoice. He said that Jesus Christ was not only the Prophet of the Christian community but also equally respectable for Muslim as we believe in all Prophets of Almighty Allah. He said that Jesus preached love, brotherhood, tolerance and non-violence and advocated selfless service for humanity. He said his birthday is a joy for all of us.

Speaker appreciated the patriotism of Christian community in Pakistan and their contributions for progress and prosperity country. He also lauded the services of Christian employees working in the Parliament House and wished them Merry Christmas.

Later on Speaker alongwith senior worker from Christian community cut the Christmas cake and prayed for the prosperity and peace of the country. MNAs belonging to Christian community, Secretary National Assembly and senior officers of the National Assembly & Senate Secretariats were also present on the occasion.
 


Speaker NA urges for Policy Conherence on shared Regional Developmental Challenges - December 20, 2016

Islamabad. 20th December: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that robust regional cooperation is central to tackling the endemic poverty and fostering an inclusive growth within the region and beyond. Underlining the need for joint action, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan is committed to promote policy coherence on shared regional concerns and pressing development challenges. He was speaking to Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Ms. Shamshad Akhtar who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

Sadar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that regional challenges cannot be addressed in isolation rather a concerted action under the umbrella of United Nations will prove highly effective. The Speaker acknowledged the contributions of UNESCAP in rendering effective assistance to Member States to fight hunger, poverty, and promote sub-regional development and trade. In addition to capacity building of member states, the Speaker also underlined the need for sharing expertise and knowledge with Members of UNESCAP in pursuit of its 2030 Agenda.  He urged Ms. Shamshad Akhtar to forge stronger partnership between Pakistan and UNESCAP during her tenure as Executive Secretary.

Referring to the partnership between UNESCAP, ADB and UNDP—known as the Asia-Pacific SDGs Partnership, Ayaz Sadiq said that such partnership is highly effective for transformative change in terms of realization of to Sustainable Development Goals. Referring to Pakistan’s commitment to SDGs, the Speaker informed that Pakistan has constituted a Parliamentary Task Force and a dedicated secretariat for SDGs on the premises of the National Assembly Secretariat to fast-track progress on SDGs. Saradar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the services of Ms. Shashad Akhtar to Pakistan’s development and expressed his confidence that she will continue to play a larger role in uplifting lower classes of the society within Asia and beyond under the umbrella of UNESCAP.

The Executive Secretary UNESCAP, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar appreciated Pakistan’s parliamentary commitment to fast track progress on SDGs and highlighted that UNESCAP will continue to partner with Pakistan in promoting regional development agenda. She added that undertaking social development and eradication of poverty through sustainable practices are defining parameters for good governance.

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar appreciated the Honorable Speaker’s vision for promoting policy coherence on shared regional challenges and added that cooperation on developmental is highly imperative for regional peace and prosperity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mother of Khawaja Babar Senior Parliametary Reporter of APP - December 18, 2016

Islamabad: December 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of  Khawaja Babar Senior Parliamentary Reporter Associate Press of Pakistan (APP)  

In their separate condolence messages to Khawaja Babar, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Ishtiaq Ahmed - December 14, 2016

Islamabad; December 14, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the passing away of father of Ishtiaq Ahmed, Bureau Chief, News-1 TV Channel.

In their separate condolence messages to Ishtiaq Ahmed the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pak-Sweden Partnership Essential for Advancing the Gains of Democracy: NA Speaker - December 13, 2016

Islamabad, Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that sustained parliamentary engagement between Pakistan and Sweden is essential for advancing the gains of democracy. He underlined the need for reinvigorating the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups to consolidate the parliamentary engagement between the two friendly countries. He was speaking to the Swedish Ambassador Ms. Ingrid Johansson who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan is committed to foster an enduring trade partnership with Sweden and consider it central to cement bilateral ties. He added that Pakistan has enabled a conducive environment for foreign investors. He 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 tap into immense business opportunities in Pakistan. He added 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 that 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 Kashmiris.

Sarday Ayaz Sadiq said that Sweden is an important partner for Pakistan’s broader outreach to Europe. He urged 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 to the hopes of the people. He urged the Swedish Ambassador to facilitate Pakistani students determined to pursue higher studies in Sweden.

The Swedish Ambassador Ms. 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 her confidence in Pakistan’s economic potential and added that Sweden is willing to tap into Pakistan’s economic opportunities.

The Swedish ambassadorMs. Ingrid Johansson said that 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 other. Ms. Ingrid Johansson further added that Sweden will continue to facilitate Pakistan in advancing the gains of democracy.


Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is Humanity’s Best Role Model: NA Speaker - December 11, 2016

Islamabad December 11, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the modern world can attain true peace by emulating the principles espoused by Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). He expressed these views in his message on the eve of "Eid Milladun Nabi" being commemorated throughout the Muslim world tomorrow. He said that the life of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is an excellent demonstration of truthfulness, balance, justice, coexistence and compassion.

While congratulating the entire Muslim Ummah on this auspicious day, the Speaker said that Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a torch bearer and blessing for the entire universe. Underlining the impact of the life of the Holy Prophet, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) lifted humanity from the abyss of ignorance, reformed man’s ideals, accorded him an elevated status and injected vitality into the decadent social order.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq mentioned that it is a matter of pride that we are the adherents of Muhammad’s religion whose own life is embodiment of mercy and lofty moral ideals.  He reiterated that the life of the Holy Prophet is a never ending stream of guidance for all humans in all walks of life. “The legacy of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) will live on forever” he said.

The Speaker said that the Prophet (PBUH) revolutionized the world in a shortest time and changed every aspects of people life through his personal example and deeds.  “He articulated a comprehensive code of conduct for interpersonal relations and formulating a healthy society through his personal conduct” Speaker said.


National Assembly Summoned to Meet on 14 December, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Islamabad; December 11, 2016:  The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to summon the Session of the National Assembly on Wednesday 14th December, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

             The President has summoned the National Assembly Session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. 

 


Human Rights Are The Foundation Of Freedom, Peace, Development & Justice: Says NA Speaker - December 10, 2016

Islamabad: December 10, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Islam establishes the concept of equality for all human beings and provides an environment of peaceful co-existence, free of any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, colour, sex, race and religion. He expressed these views in his message on International Human Rights Day being commemorated on 10 December throughout the world.

The Speaker said that address of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on "Hijjat-ul-Widah" (The Last Sermon) was the universal declaration of human rights therefore respects of human rights is obligatory for every Muslim in light of teaching of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Hence the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees protection of life and liberty of every citizen regardless of religion, race, creed or colour.

“A progressive, balanced and just society is the one, which ensures that rights of all of its citizens are safeguarded through political, legal, economic, cultural and social instruments and frameworks. For any state to achieve durable peace and foster democracy, it is imperative that it puts in place mechanism aimed at ensuring that rights of the people are protected”, he added.

On International Human Rights Day, Speaker urged that the protection of human rights for all is a prerequisite for establishment of a civilized and progressive society.
 


NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER EXPRESS GRIEF OVER THE PLANE CRASH NEAR HAVELIAN - December 8, 2016


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Sister of Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq - November 29, 2016

Islamabad: November 29, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of sister of Leader of House in Senate of Pakistan, Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq.

In their separate condolence messages to Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his sister. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of bereaved
family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, MNA - November 28, 2016

Islamabad; November 28, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of father of Member National Assembly Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari.

In their separate condolence messages to Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condole the death of Father of Anwar Raza Senior Reporter 92 News - November 26, 2016

Islamabad: November 26, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Father of  Mr. Anwar Raza Senior Reporter 92 News. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Anwar Raza, Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condole the death of Mother of Muhammad Arshad Senior Reporter Pakistan Observer - November 26, 2016

Islamabad: November 26, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mother of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Senior Reporter Pakistan Observer. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


Pakistan committed to "Peaceful Neighbourhood": Speaker NA - November 25, 2016

Islamabad: November 25, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan’s vision for ‘Peaceful neighborhood’ is manifested in Pakistan’s endeavors for regional cooperation and connectivity. He further added that Pakistan pursues development through connectivity in collaboration with friendly countries as evident from CPEC, TAPI and CASA projects. He was speaking at Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), according to a message received from St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Speaker highlighted that the unresolved nature of Kashmir and Palestine as oldest disputes at UN Security agenda haunts the conscience of the member states. He added that denial of self-determination, human rights abuse and unresolved disputes will continue to challenge one’s progress for peace and security within the region and beyond.

Speaking on the topic of “Regional Security and Counter Terrorism”, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pakistan attaches utmost importance to peace and security at the regional and international levels.  “We are confident that Pakistan’s peace and development agenda will promote peace and stability in the region and beyond and benefit everyone”, he added.

Referring to Pakistan’s sacrifices for War on terror, he said that Pakistan has paid a phenomenal price for international security and peace, however, Al-Qaeda has a diminished presence today is largely due to Pakistan’s efforts, he added. He said that Pakistan is a vital partner for fostering peace in Afghanistanthrough an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

The Speaker highlighted that terrorism cannot be associated with any religion, race, or ethnicity and underscored the need for a collaborative approach to address this menace. He expressed his concerns about rising incidents of Islamophobia and termed the unfair and biased portrayal of Islam, its value system and beliefs as unacceptable.

Stating to the current migration crisis in the Middle East, the Speaker urged the international community to escalate its efforts for restoring peace in the region and underlined the need for more humane treatment of refugees and internally displaced people. He added that deeper connectivity and partnership for development is central to restraining regional crisis. Referring to Pakistan geographic advantages, untapped potential and willingness for cooperation, he added that “We are determined to convert this enormous potential into reality with the help of our friends and partners”.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Uncle of Syed Zaffar Hashmi - November 19, 2016

Islamabad November 19, 2016 : Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Syed Dilawar Hussain, uncle of senior journalist and Chief Reporter of Roznama Dunya Islamabad, Syed Zaffar Hashmi.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Haji Muhammad Adeel - November 18, 2016

Islamabad: November 18, 2016: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  seasoned political leader  former Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Haji Muhammad Adeel .  They  paid reach tributes to his  political and social services. “His services for the promotion   and strengthening of democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come”,  they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Jehangir Badar - November 14, 2016

Islamabad: November 14, 2016: Sardar  Ayaz  Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of  former Federal Minister Senator Jehangir Badar.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Senator  Jehangir  Badar.  They  paid reach tributes to his services in the field of Politics  and termed his death of a great loss to the country. His services for the promotion   and strengthening democracy in the country will be remembered   for long time to come” they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mr. Sadaqat Ali Satti, Assistant Private Secretary of National Assembly Secretariat - November 12, 2016

Islamabad: November 12, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Mr. Saddaqat Ali Satti, Assistant Private Secretary of National Assembly Secretariat. 

In their separate condolence messages to his family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of Mr. Saddaqat Ali Satti. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Leads Parliamentary Delegation to Bahrain - November 6, 2016

Islamabad November 6, 2016: A-9 Member Parliamentary Delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will embark on a three day official visit to Bahrain on November 7, 2016. The Speaker is visiting Bahrain on the invitation of his Bahraini counterpart.

            The Parliamentary delegation accompanying Sardar Ayaz Sadiq comprises of MNAs Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Mr. Sultan Mehmood Hanjara, Ms. Shahnaz Salim Malik, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, Ms. Aisha Syed and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq.

            During his stay in Bahrain, the Speaker National Assembly apart from meeting his counterpart will also meet Bahraini political leadership and business community and discuss matters of bilateral interest. He will also discuss ways and means to further enhance bilateral relation through interaction of Parliamentarians of sides as well as strengthening trade, educational, cultural and investment links between the Pakistan and Bahrain.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Express Grief and Sorrow Over the Loss of Precious Lives in Result of Train Collision at Karachi - November 3, 2016

Islamabad: November 03, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaz Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have expressed shock and grief over the loss of precious lives in result of unfortunate train  collision at Landi, Karachi.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker conveyed their heartfelt grief and sincere sympathies with bereaved families. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity. They also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and asked the concern authority to provide best treatment facilities to them.


Newly Appointed Information Minister Calls on Speaker NA - November 3, 2016

Islamabad: November 3, 2016;SardarAyazSadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that present parliament strongly believes that independent media is the cornerstone of democracy and has encouraged its constructive criticism. He said that media serves as an interface between the parliament and the public; therefore, it should impartially report the performance of the parliament. He was talking to the newly appointed Minister of State for Information Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb who called on him in Parliament House, today.

He said that media is an integral part of the parliamentary system and necessarily it has a vital role to play in strengthening our parliamentary edifice. He said that it is only by respecting each other's roles and responsibilities that the Parliament and the media can develop a healthy and cooperative relationship, which is vital for strengthening our democratic structure.

The Speaker said that the parliament and media have an inseparable relationship, in which the parliament heavily relies upon the media to deliver their message and opinion to the general public. He stated that the parliament and the media are the two fundamental institutions in a modern democratic society.

Minister of State for Information Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb endorsed the endeavors of the Speaker in providing the proper space and facilities for the journalists and media outlets. She expressed her gratitude to Speaker for his view and impeccable support for the freedom of the press. She said that the media have a role to play in observing and sometimes criticizing the MPs and the institution of parliament, but such work must be done within the norms of journalism. 
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Greet Hindu Parliamentarians and Hindu Community On Diwali - October 30, 2016

Islamabad: October 30, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has greeted Hindu Parliamentarians and the Hindu community on their religious festival Diwali.

Speaker said that he is delighted to send his warmest greetings to Hindu Parliamentarians and everyone in Hindu community in Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. In his message, he also recognized the huge contributions made by Pakistani Hindu community to the prosperity of the country. Their involvement in every sphere of our national life is extremely commendable.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly also conveyed his sincere and warm greetings on Diwali to his fellow Hindu Members of the National Assembly. He also appreciated their contribution in national development, fostering national unity and cohesion.


NA Speaker calls for an end of human rights violation in held Kashmir - October 26, 2016

Islamabad October 26, 2016:  The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Kashmir dispute is a flash point and a permanent threat to the peace of not only for the region but for entire World.  He urged upon the international community to play its due role to stop atrocities and human violations by the Indian Security Forces in Occupied Kashmir and peaceful settlement of this core issue.  He expressed these views in his message on Black Day being observed in protest against Indian tyranny and human rights violations in held Kashmir on 27th October, 2016.

Expressing solidarity with the people of held Valley the Speaker said that our relation with the Kashmiri brethren is not only based upon the religion, civilization and humanity but also related to blood.  He said that Pakistan firmly committed to finding out a just and peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir.  He assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan would continue moral, political and diplomatic support at regional and international forum till the realization of their objectives.

He lamented the indiscriminate use of pellet guns on unarmed protestors, incidents of human rights violations, desecration of human lives, rapes and depriving the children from their eye-sights, detention of Kashmiri leadership and imposition of curfew in held valley.   He said that struggle of Kashmiri people for self determination cannot be silenced with gun and atrocities.  He was confident that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not go in vein and would become fruitful.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that human rights violations had a long history  in Indian Occupied Kashmir and United Nations had declared IOK a disputed territory.  He said that India itself approached the UN and promised to honour the Kashmiris’ right of self determination and hold plebiscite in IOK.   He called for an end to human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and urged upon United Nations and Human Rights Organization to pay special attention for peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Aunty of Mr. Intizar Haideri, Senior Reporter WAQT TV - October 26, 2016

Islamabad: October 26, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Aunty of Mr. Intizar Haideri Senior Reporter Waqat TV. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Intizar Haideri, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his Aunty. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA - October 24, 2016

Islamabad; October 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of Veteran Politician, former Senator, former MNA, former Deputy Speaker, Sindh Assembly and father of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Syed Qamar Zaman Shah. 

In their separate condolence messages to Syed Naveed Qamar, the Speaker and the Acting Speaker paid rich tributes the political and social services of Syed Qamar Zaman Shah and  expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to Syed Naveed Qamar and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Durable Peace In South Asia Cannot Be Achieved Without Resolution Of Kashmir Issue”: Says NA Speaker - October 24, 2016

Islamabad, October 24, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Kashmir issue is not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world. Peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region. According to the message received from Geneva (Switzerland), Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while addressing the 135th General Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly.

The Speaker said that gross violations of Human Rights are occurring in every part of the world. “Ominously, situations of human rights violations are spiraling into outright conflict within and between countries”, he added. He said that this is the responsibility of parliamentarians around the World to ensure that the cycle of human rights violations and conflicts is broken. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged that we need to ensure delivery of the fundamental rights of people, as enshrined in every democratic country’s constitution. If parliaments fail in this primary task then outright violations of rights are inevitable and conflicts become unavoidable, he said.

He said that he Parliament of Pakistan is actively engaged in further strengthening the human rights of women in our country. The creation of an independent National Commission on the Status of Women and a National Commission on Human Rights through Acts of Parliament are major achievements in Pakistan, the Speaker said. He informed that over past ten years, the parliament has enacted around two dozen Bills, to safeguard the rights of women and children. He further said that the presence of all-parties Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, consisting of 87 women parliamentarians, has ensured a balanced gender perspective in the legislative work of the parliament.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan has ratified seven core international human right treaties at the international level. “We are also fully engaged in various human rights fora in developing, monitoring and implementing international human rights norms. This reflects Pakistan's commitment to international human rights standards” he said.

While addressing the Assembly, the Speaker said that the Peace cannot prevail without addressing the discrimination and violence too often unleashed against people demanding their just and natural rights.In our part of the world, peace is imperiled by the violence unleashed against the people of Indian Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir. The people of Occupied Kashmir have been under general curfew” he said.

The Speaker paid tribute to the continuous efforts of the brave Hurriyat leaders and their families and particularly mentioned Mr. Yasin Malik for his persistent freedom struggle for Kashmir. He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

 He lamented that India has employed brutal practices in the occupied valley including unprovoked firing with shotgun pellets, attacking ambulances, hospitals and funerals, clamping curfews, blacking out media, detaining Hurriyat leadership, closing down offices of Amnesty International and other International Human Rights Organizations and refusing to allow UNHCRs’ fact finding mission in Indian Occupied Kashmir to gag the Kashmiri freedom movement.

He thrashed India’s lame claims of being democratic and secular and stated that it didn’t even allow the people in Kashmir to offer Eid prayers. He hit out at India’s jingoism aimed at Kashmir freedom movement and called it a pretense to repress the freedom movement which has gained fresh momentum after the Shahadat of Burhan Wani. He said that Indian efforts to bury the indigenous Kashmiri movement under the façade of terrorism are a malicious attempt to silence the voice of thousands of suppressed Kashmiris.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that Pakistan never has and never will back away from supporting peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue under the auspices of the UN Charter. He said that all Parliamentary parties are united in their support for the Kashmir cause, as being strongly reiterated in the ongoing Joint Sitting of the Parliament. He informed that both houses of the Parliament have passed more than half a dozen resolutions to strongly denounce the reprehensible acts of unprecedented state terrorism by Indian forces in the occupied Valley.

While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. The Speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.


Peaceful Settlement of Kashmir in accordance with aspirations of Kashmir people: Imperative for peace and development of the Region: Speaker NA - October 21, 2016

Islamabad, October 21, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people was imperative for the peace and development of the region. He said that Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. According to the message received from London, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while briefing the British MPs on blatant violation of UN Resolutions by Indian armed Forces and use of pellet guns on innocent Kashmiris in Indian held Kashmir. Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain and numbers of British MPs were also present on the occasion.

He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

The Speaker said that Pakistan remains firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the People of Kashmir. He assured the Kashmiri People, of Pakistan's continued moral, political and diplomatic support at all regional and international forums till realization of their objective.

He said that all Parliamentary parties in Pakistan are united in their support for the Kashmir cause, as being strongly reiterated in the recent Joint Sitting of the Parliament. He informed the British MPs that both houses of the Parliament have passed more than half a dozen resolutions to strongly denounce the reprehensible acts of unprecedented state terrorism by Indian forces in the occupied Valley.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called upon the United Nations and International Community to play their due role in brining and end to the repression, violence and human rights violations being committed against the people of Kashmir.

While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. The Speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.


Indian War Mongering Will Endanger Not Just The South Asian Region But Also The World at Large: NA Speaker - October 18, 2016

Islamabad, October 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Indian war mongering will endanger not just the South Asian region but also the world at large. He urged that Pakistan has shown restraint up till now but any aggression from India will meet with full force. Pakistani nation is ready to protect Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs.According to the message received from Turkey, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while addressingthe 36th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC).Speakers, Chairpersons, Presidents of the Parliaments and representative bodies of 57 Islamic Countries were also present on the occasion.

He said that world history bears testimony that peace has never prevailed without addressing the root causes of public discord. He warned that regional peace and inclusive development, not only for the sub-continent but for the entire region will remain a mere dream, if the international community keeps side stepping the Kashmir issue.

He further said that India should stop from heightening tension in the greater interest of peace and stability. “The entire responsibility would be on India for any eventualities. International Community should focus on Indian belligerence and not Pakistan” the Speaker added.

While addressing, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq demanded that the Secretary General PUIC should hold an independent probe into the recent genocide in Indian held Kashmir, led by Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission or jointly with UNHRC Geneva.

The Speaker lamented that India has employed brutal practices in the occupied valley including unprovoked firing with shotgun pellets, attacking ambulances, hospitals and funerals, clamping curfews, blacking out media, detaining Hurriyat leadership, closing down offices of Amnesty International and other International Human Rights Organizations and refusing to allow UNHCRs’ fact finding mission in Indian Occupied Kashmir to gag the Kashmiri freedom movement.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also briefed the participants regarding the brutality of the Indian army andhow the children of the indian held Kashmir have been butchered and blinded by the use of pellet guns through slide show,video clips & Statistics of deaths, eye-injured and other injuries. He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

He thrashed India’s lame claims of being democratic and secular and stated that it didn’t even allow the people in Kashmir to offer Eid prayers last month. He hit out at India’s jingoism aimed at Kashmir freedom movement and called it a pretense to repress the freedom movement which has gained fresh momentum after the Shahadat of Burhan Wani. He said that Indian efforts to bury the indigenous Kashmiri movement under the façade of terrorism are a malicious attempt to silence the voice of thousands of suppressed Kashmiris.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that Pakistan never has and never will back away from supporting peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue under the auspices of the UN Charter. While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. The Speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.
 


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Express Grief Over The Loss Of Precious Lives In Traffic Accident At Rahimyar Khan - October 17, 2016

Islamabad: October, 17 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaz Javed Abbasi,  Acting Speaker, National Assembly have expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in result of road accident at Khanpur, Rahimyar Khan.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and the Acting Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and sympathies with bereaved families. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.  They also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and asked the concern authorities to provide best medical facilities to injured.
 


NA Speaker & Acting Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Secretary to Speaker NA - October 16, 2016

Islamabad October 16, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of father of Secretary to Speaker National Assembly Saeed Ahmed Maitla.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Acting Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of Brother of Deputy Secretary NA Secretariat - October 14, 2016

Islamabad; October 14, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of brother  of Deputy Secretary Administration, NA Secretariat, Aghan Daheri.

In their separate condolence messages to Aghan Daheri, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker also condoled the death of Naib Qasid of National Assembly Secretariat Khan Zeb. They prayed to Almighty Allah for the solace of departed soul and sympathies with bereaved family.


We Can Overcome All Difficulties With The Spirit Of Sacrifices And Unflinching Determination: NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker - October 11, 2016

Islamabad, October 11, 2016: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi National Assembly of Pakistan calling upon the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in our ranks in accordance with golden principles of Islam and follow the path of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

In their separate messages on Youm-e-Ashurato the nation, the Speaker said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions (RA) were the noblest models in preaching and practicing the Qur’anic philosophy of patience, sacrifice and martyrdom. Their unflinching faith in Almighty Allah and the Day of Judgment, their exemplary devotion, dauntless courage, and unfailing patience in the way of Almighty Allah was a unique exhibition of the spirit of patience and martyrdom described in the Holy Qur’an, he said. 

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that on this day of Ashura, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression, he said. He said that this is the path which the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) taught us to follow and his followers (RA) offered great sacrifices. “Yaum-e-Ashoor reminds us the lesson of adherence to the truth, firmness of belief and being steadfast against tyranny” he added.

Both the leaders urged that being a Muslim it is our obligation that we stand up against the evil forces that stir up discord and create confrontation in the society, to achieve their nefarious designs. They said that the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala is to make commitment on this day to work and devote oneself for the development and strength of the county."We have to forget our trivial differences and adopt the teachings of Islam and promote peace, security and brotherhood." they urged.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Shah Trab ul Haq Qadri Ameer Alasunit ul Jamaat - October 6, 2016

Islamabad: October 6, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of Shah Trab Ul Haq Qadri Ameer Alsunit ul Jamaat. 

In their separate condolence messages to Sarjul Haq Qadri, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole The Death of Son of Siddiq Al Farooq - October 5, 2016

Islamabad: October 5, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of son  of  PML(N),  leader and Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddiq Al Farooq.

In their separate condolence  messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the said demise of his son  They prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other member of the  family to bear irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistani Community Central To Pakistan’ Outreach To Uk: Speaker NA - October 4, 2016

Islamabad, October 4th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the role of Pakistani community in UK is central to Pakistan’s outreach to United Kingdom as Britain hosts largest Pakistani community anywhere in the world. He was speaking to Ms. Tasmeena Sheikh, Member of British Parliament who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

Appreciating the contributions of Pakistani Diasporas to the British economy and society, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan is proud of its community in UK. The Speaker stressed on the need for collaboration in uplifting quality of education in Pakistan. He remarked that Pakistan is keen to benefit from UK’s expertise in education, Science and technology and health. He urged the need for regular exchanges of Parliamentary delegations and friendship groups to strengthen bilateral relations.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Pakistan strongly desires peace and stability in the region and beyond, and support people’s struggle for self-determination in Jammu & Kashmir and anywhere in the world. The Speaker urged her to highlight the Kashmir cause at various international forums and expose the Indian high-handedness and human rights abuse in Kashmir. Referring to Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir, the Speaker remarked that he pulled back Pakistan from hosting 61stCommonwealth Parliamentary Conference as its chosen President when India agitated for extending invitation to Assembly of Indian Occupied Kashmir. He added that the Parliament of Pakistan could not issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend the Conference, as it would have been in violation of the UNSC Resolutions. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir was more important than hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Ms. Tasmeena Sheikh endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for partnership in uplifting quality of education in Pakistan and further added that Britain is Pakistan’s partner in strengthening parliamentary democracy in Pakistan.

She appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in the global war on terror and added that Britain acknowledges Pakistan’s contribution to regional peace and security. Ms. Tasmeena Sheikh also underlined the need for furthering inter-Parliamentary ties.


NA Speaker Chairs PIPS BoG Meeting - October 4, 2016

Islamabad, October 4, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that strengthening of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) through employing modern Human Resource (HR) development practices was highly essential for robust research and legislative support to the legislatures.  He expressed these views while presiding the meeting of Board of Governors (BoG) of PIPS in Islamabad today.

The matters of HR/Administrative reformation, new logo of PIPS and draft bill for amendment in PIPs Act were discussed. MNA Marryam Aurangzeb, convener of the sub-committee on PIPS HR Review presented the report before the Board of Governors and briefed the participants about its salient features including adjustments in pay scales and allowances of the PIPS employees. After through deliberations, the Speaker asked the members to review the report and submit their feedbacks and recommendations to the committee within 15 days in order to finalize it in the next meeting.
 
Executive Director PIPS Mr. Zafarullah Khan proposed the new logo of PIPS for the approval of the BoG. The NA Speaker remarked that new logo should symbolize all the provincial and legislative assemblies of Pakistan in addition to National Assembly and the Senate.
The BoG also approved the amendment in PIPS Act, 2008 regarding incorporation of the Speakers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assemblies as members of PIPS Board of Governors. The Speaker announced that this Draft Bill will be tabled in the Parliament for enactment.

PIPS Work Plan 2016-17 that was approved by the sub-committee earlier was laid in the meeting and members were requested to submit their recommendations in this regard within 15 days. It was also discussed that PIPS research and development facilities for legislative business should be made available to members of the Parliament during the sessions.
PIPS BoG also approved one month honoraria on basic salary for the PIPS employees for their devoted services to the Parliament.
 
On this occasion, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani proposed to hold a Conference of Speakers and Deputy Speaker of the National and Provincial assemblies for discussing matters of mutual interest and sharing experiences with each other. The suggestion was duly accepted by the NA Speaker and agreed to convene it   in November 2016.
 
Deputy Chairman Senate Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Mr. Zahid Hamid, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly; Ms. Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo; and MNAs Mr. S. A. Iqbal Qadri, Ms. Marryam Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan attended the meeting.
 


Ambassador Of Czech Republic Calls On Speaker NA - October 3, 2016

Islamabad; October 3rd, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is keen to expand inter-parliamentary relations with all the European countries and attaches immense importance to its relations with Czech Republic. He underlined the need for a robust trade and economic partnership for genuine development in the region and beyond. He was speaking to Mr. Jan Fury, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Pakistan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Monday.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan is committed to promote regional peace and security in the region and strongly condemn human rights violations and denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and anywhere in the world.  He outlined that Pakistan has resolved to foster deeper cooperation and partnership for peace with the European countries and consider Czech Republic as important friend in Pakistan’s broader outreach to Europe. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations and meetings of the Parliamentary Friendship groups to add strength to the parliamentary ties.

The Speaker highlighted that the current government is committed to intensify cooperation with the Czech Republic in the areas of defence, energy, education, culture, infrastructure and industries. He added that Pakistan is fast emerging an attractive destination for investment in engineering and infrastructure sectors and stressed on the need for interaction between Chambers of Commerce. He outlined that people-to-people contacts is the essence of strong bilateral relations and suggested that both countries should facilitate cultural exchanges.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic Mr. Jan Fury endorsed Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s recommendation for strengthening people to people contacts. He added that Czech Republic acknowledges Pakistan’s aspiration for regional peace and security. He further remarked that cooperation with Pakistan in science, agriculture and defense are key priorities of Czech Republic’s long standing relations with Pakistan.

He acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the global war on terror and added that remarked that Czech Republic will continue to partner with Pakistan in strengthening democracy, rule of law and to promote genuine human development in the region.


China- A Forceful Voice for Marginalized Nations: Speaker NA - September 27, 2016

Islamabad: September 27, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that 67 years ago People’s Republic of China emerged on the international scene as a forceful voice for the oppressed and marginalized nations all over the world. He further added that Pakistan takes the pride of being the first nation in the world to recognize the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and establish diplomatic relations. He was addressing as a chief guest in a dinner hosted by Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong at Islamabad to observe the 67th National Day of People’s Republic of China which falls on the first of October.

He highlighted that Sino-Pak relationship is based on the firm foundations of mutual respect, trust, peaceful co-existence and brotherly neighborhood. We have firmly stood by each other in every thick and thin and it is thus that this friendship has passed from one generation to the other, he added.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pak-China strategic partnership is highly essential for peace and development in the region and beyond. Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as game-changer project for the regional development, he remarked that the realization of CPEC is manifestation of shared dream of unprecedented prosperity for our Region.

The Speaker appreciated the efforts of the Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, for his support for Green Parliament Project and for all of his devoted efforts in promoting closer ties between China and Pakistan.  He said that relations with China is bedrock of Pakistan’s foreign policy and further added that Pakistan and China are committed to an all-encompassing and enduring partnership to support each other at international and regional forums. 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Mr. Abid Malik, Senior Reporter Dunya TV - September 24, 2016

Islamabad: September 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of father of Mr. Abid Malik, Senior Reporter Dunya Tv. 
 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Abid Malik, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


Hearts Of Both Pakistanis And Chinese People Beats Together: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - September 22, 2016

Islamabad: September 22, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the hearts of both Pakistanis and Chinese people beats together and their destiny is also same. He stated that our mutually beneficial collaboration is spread over a wide range of projects in all geographical terrains, from the heights of the Karakoram to the waters of the Arabian Sea.  was speaking at the Forum of Textile and Garments Industry Development, according to a message received from Urumqi, China.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan’s relations with China and especially Xinjiang province are already strong as trade and cooperation on socio economic fronts between the two sides have been increasing and Pakistan looks forward to the Special Economic Zones, which surely turn this region into a gateway to Central and South Asia.

He informed that textile industry has been the mainstay of our economy and exports in Pakistan. This sector is providing livelihood to more than 10 million farming families and accounts for 40% of the industrial employment, he added.

The Speaker said that government of Pakistan is currently working on improving the textile industry and its value chain through various initiatives including energy projects, infrastructural and manpower development.

He said that a pro-business investment policy remains a central plank of Pakistan’s strategy. The investment policy of the government provides for 100% equity ownership, full repatriation of capital, tax breaks, customs duty concessions on the import of plant, machinery and raw materials, the Speaker added.
 


Pakistan's Commitment to Regional Cooperation is Unwavering: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - September 21, 2016

Islamabad: September 21, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is committed to deepen an unprecedented regional cooperation and connectivity in Asia and beyond. He remarked that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is manifestation of Pak-China time tested friendship and a demonstration of our resolve to broaden cooperation in all spheres of development. He was speaking at the 5thChina-Eurasia Expo, according to a message received from Urumqi, China.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that robust macroeconomic and financial cooperation among nations is prerequisite to secure regional and global economic stability. Referring to Pak-China strategic and inter-parliamentary relations, he added that this relation enjoy across-the-board political and popular public support that is unique and sets it apart from the rest of the world. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is surely going to open up new vistas of development for the entire region, he added.
The Speaker remarked that Pakistan welcome the participation of public and private companies from across the region to invest in Pakistan and make the most of this regional connectivity. He urged the need for boosting trade, investment and industrial integration within Asia and Europe through trade liberalization, allowing greater access to markets and investment-friendly policies. He highlighted that the investment policy in Pakistan has been immensely conducive, welcoming and consistent for the last few years with trade liberalization, de-regulation and privatizationbeing its cornerstone.He further remarked that the recently awarded GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union is a demonstrationof the confidence of the international market in the quality of Pakistani products.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the participants states to muster their respective expertise vis-a-vis oversight on the executive and influencing governments to invest more in promoting peace, harmony and development for secure and sustainable future of coming generations.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn Bomb Blast in Mohmand Agency Mosque - September 18, 2016

Islamabad: September 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Mohmand  Agency (Bata Mina) and  expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice. 
 

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyrs in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured. 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Father of Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary, Senior Reporter Daily Express - September 18, 2016

Islamabad: September 18, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of father of Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary Senior Reporter Daily Express. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Meets Chairman Standing Committee Of The NPC - September 15, 2016

 

Islamabad, September 15, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People, according to a message received from Beijing, China.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to the timely completion of various projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridors (CPEC). It was underscored that the CPEC was to the benefit of the two countries as well as for the entire region.

The Speaker said that China is a great country and a time tested friend of Pakistan. We are truly proud to be such a devoted friend from generation to generation, he added. He expressed the hope that frequent parliamentary exchanges and people to people contacts would further strengthen the historically robust relationship. He highlighted the complete political consensus in Pakistan on the importance of the CPEC and on Pakistan-China relation.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also briefed his Chinese counterpart on the current situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and emphasized on the need for a peaceful settlement of this longstanding dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman Standing Committee of the NPC termed Pakistan and China as “All Weather Strategic Partners” and expressed support for the initiatives undertaken by the Government of Pakistan for Socio- Economic development. He also stated his understanding of Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir dispute.

The two sides on the need for the frequent parliamentary exchange at various levels to have parliamentary oversight over the CPPEC projects as well as to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries in different areas.

Later on the Speaker also attended a dinner hosted by Madam Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the people.
 


Ruling regarding References made by the Speaker NA is according to Constitution, Rules and Regulations: NA Spokesman - September 8, 2016

Islamabad, 8 September 2016: According to National Assembly Spokesman, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that his rulings over the references submitted by the treasury and opposition members were issued in light of Constitution and Rules & Regulations after thorough examination and careful analysis of the documents. He said that he didn’t make decisions to create equilibrium by forwarding two references from each side to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rather it was based on pure merit. He added that it’s not his office but the ECP the right forum to decide the fate of these documents within 90 days. Moreover, he said, independent judiciary is also present in this regard.


NA Speaker Pays Tribute To Martyrs Of Armed Forces Of 1965 War - September 5, 2016

Islamabad September 05, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistani nation is in debt to the sacrifices rendered by martyrs of the armed forces of the country who gave up their lives in 1965 war to secure and safeguard the frontiers of Pakistan and maintain the pride of the motherland. He remarked this in his special message delivered on the occasion of ‘Defence Day’ of Pakistan being commemorated on September 6. 

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that on this day we pay tribute and homage to our heroes of armed forces who enlightened the spirit of honour and glory through their ultimate sacrifices. Recognizing the defence capacity of the men in uniform, the Speaker argued that we have a strong and firm belief in the enriched safeguarding capacity of the armed forces that can combat any resilience and aggression against our beloved homeland.  

He further added that Pak Army has witnessed commendable success in the operation Zarb-e-Azb despite of the critical challenges in fighting against terrorism and extremism. Subsequently the armed forces have won the hearts of nation which stands shoulder to shoulder with armed forces in the efforts to protect and safeguard the country from any aggression and terrorism, remarked by the Speaker.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq applauded the unprecedented unity of the nation demonstrated by the people and armed forces on 6th September, 1965 that made this day memorable in the history. He further added that this was the time to pay tribute to brave, courageous and lionhearted individuals who embraced ‘Shahadat’ while fighting for the country and security of the nation.

The speaker highlighted that Pakistan is a peace loving country that envisions peace and stability in the region. To root out the menace of terrorism and extremism the armed forces of Pakistan are equipped with professional preparedness and modern day warfare to successfully frustrate the enemy designs at internal and external fronts, added by the Speaker.    

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his concluding remarks paid rich tribute to the Armed forces for rendering supreme services and added that the spirit, unity and commitment shown by nation and Pak army on this day 51 years ago could again be the guiding forces to surpass all the challenges faced by the country and take the nation to the new heights of development and stability.
 


Institutionalization A Key to Ensure Modern, Efficiency-Driven and Public Responsive Work Environment: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - September 5, 2016

Islamabad September 05, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that institutionalization is a key to ensure a modern, efficiency-driven and public responsive work environment. He said that energy crisis - being a major problem in Pakistan - need to be addressed with stern measures through cost-effective reforms in the energy sector. He said that during his tenure in the office of speakership, he made sure that this critical issue is addressed by taking bold initiatives and out of the box solutions. He was addressing a seminar on “Net Metering” held in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad today.

Speaking at the occasion, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that when he assumed office in 2013, he envisioned moving away the National Assembly from a conventional work environment to modern and automated form. He said that for that purpose sharp reductions were made in the organizational expenditure and energy audit was conducted leading to exploring alternative source of energy. He apprised the audience that in his first meeting with the Chinese Ambassador, he asked for Chinese support to shift the Parliament’s energy source to solar energy in order to nullify power loss and millions of expenditure.

Speaker National Assembly said that in this regard Green Parliament Project was initiated that led to establishment of 1 MW solar power project – the first of its kind in the world. He added that being an environment friendly programme that reduces power usage, this project is a landmark in terms of climate protection addressing global warming threats. He informed that this project holds the capacity not only to fulfill Parliament House’s energy demands but also to feed excess energy into national electricity grid. He said that subsequently Parliament House has been issued “Net-Metering” license by NEPRA enabling it to add surplus energy to the National Grid. He said that provincial assembly of Punjab has also expressed its desire to replicate this project in it premises.

Concluding his address, the NA Speaker said that it is our responsibility to protect the environment for our generations to come as global warming poses serious threats to mother-earth. He said that for his distinguish services in addressing this grave issue, he would suggest the project head of Green Parliament Project Mr. Shahid Shoukat’s name for Pride of Performance award to be conferred to him by the government of Pakistan.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn bomb blast at Mardan - September 2, 2016

Islamabad: September 02, 2016:  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast outside District Court Mardan causing loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such heinous activities were the enemies of the country and humanity and wanted to disrupt the peace in the country.   They said that such cowardly acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Nation and Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and for early recovery of injured.  They also sympathized with bereaved families.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of mr. Zahid Malik, Editor in Chief Daily Pakistan Observer - September 1, 2016

Islamabad September 1, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of senior journalist and Editor in Chief Daily Pakistan Observer, Mr. Zahid Malik.

In their separate condolence messages to his sons, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Mr. Zahid Malik, they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistan Confident Of Chinese Support At International Forums: Speaker NA - August 31, 2016

Islamabad, August 31st, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan confidently count on Chinese support at international forums and genuine economic development. Referring to the historic brotherly relations between two the nations, the Speaker remarked that the international community cannot offer a parallel of Sino-Pak ties. He was speaking to Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong who called on him at Parliament House Islamabad on Wednesday.

Matters of mutual interests and strategic environment in the region came under discussion. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests; Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time.  He termed the alliance of two friends as highly imperative for responding to regional and global challenges. He further urged the need for cementing people-to-people contacts to take bilateral relations to new heights. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq added that the completion of CPEC will change the destiny of the region and will unleash a new era of Pak-China relations. The Speaker highly appreciated Chinese assistance for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament to switch over to solar power for meeting its electricity requirements.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the need for forgoing partnerships to fast track progress on meeting Sustainable Development Goals and promotes genuine human development at all levels of the society. He highlighted that Pakistan seeks Chinese assistance in exploration of renewable energy resources and enhancement of manufacturing capacity of the Pakistani industry. He remarked that CPEC will add a new impetus to Sino-Pak business relations.  
The Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s claim that the Pak-Chin relations has no parallel in international community. He added that China is committed to an enduring partnership with Pakistan and aspires to further strengthen the existing brotherly relations.

He said that China will continue to assist Pakistan in technology, defense and infrastructure development. He highlighted that the strategic calculation and environment in the region have pushed Pakistan and China into an unflinching bond.


Kashmir Issue: Ayaz Sadiq’s Letters to Speakers of 196 Parliaments - August 31, 2016

Islamabad, August 31, 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has sent letters to the Speakers of 196 Parliaments to highlight the rampant, unending and gross human rights abuse in Indian Occupied Kashmir and to garner diplomatic and political support for the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people. He said that Kashmir issue is the core priority of Pakistan’s Parliament and there is a unanimous consensus across the political parties in the Parliament. He was speaking to the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Mr. Masood Khan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday. 

He said that Kashmir issue is the oldest dispute awaiting in the UN Security Council agenda. He remarked that the forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference. He remarked that brutality, gross human rights abuse and oppression will never suppress the aspiration for freedom and right to self-determination. He said that Pakistan would continue to extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. He highlighted that Pakistan’s support for Kashmir cause has received a new impetus during the tenure of the current government. Appreciating the decision of the Prime Minister to send Parliamentarians as envoys to garner diplomatic support for Kashmir cause, he remarked that Parliamentary diplomacy will awaken the conscience of the international community to take notice of barbarity and oppression of the Kashmiri people by world’s so called largest democracy.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that the National Assembly of Pakistan has called an International Conference on Kashmir issue on 13-14th October 2016 in Islamabad to highlight the human rights abuse in Kashmir and generate international support for freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people. He added that the conference will be attended by Members of Parliaments, Civil Society, Media and intellectuals from across the world. He outlined that peace in the region is unthinkable when India continued to deny Kashmir’s their inherent right to self-determination and when their peaceful demonstrations were met with Indian high-handedness. He added that ‘oppression on unarmed protestors cannot kill their aspiration for freedom and a peaceful future’.

Referring to Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir, the Speaker remarked that he pulled back Pakistan from hosting 61stCommonwealth Parliamentary Conference as its chosen President when India agitated for extending invitation to Assembly of Indian Occupied Kashmir. He added that the Parliament of Pakistan could not issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend the Conference, as it would have been in violation of the UNSC Resolutions. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir was more important than hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Kashmir issue is highlighted in every meeting of Parliamentary Friendship Groups and visits of Parliamentary delegations.

The President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Mr. Masood Khan highly appreciated the endeavors of the Parliament of Pakistan in taking up the Kashmir issue at various bilateral and multilateral forums. He added that the role of Parliamentary diplomacy is central to supporting the Kashmir cause. He expressed confidence in efforts of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to prioritize Kashmir issue at international forums.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father In Law of Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA - August 28, 2016

            Islamabad: August 28, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of father-in-law of  Ms. Shahida Rehmani Member National Assembly.  

            In their separate condolence messages to Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of her father-in-law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

 


Turkish Ambassador Calls on Speaker NA - August 25, 2016

Islamabad, August 25, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that friendship between the two brotherly countries was time tested and had roots in history. He said that Turkey has always been a friend in need and stood by Pakistan in difficult times.He was speaking to the Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin in Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries for further cementing the fraternal relations between the two countries. Parliamentarians of the two sides could play a meaningful role in the region as “parliamentary diplomacy” could enable the real policy makers to understand each-others points of view better, he added. Expressing his concern over the problems confronting Muslim Ummah, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that it was the responsibility of all the parliamentarians from Muslim countries to work in close cooperation.

Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin said that Pakistan and Turkey have unanimity of views on the political front and the cooperation between both the nations should be extended to all spheres of all mutual relations.

He said that the culture and values of people in Pakistan and Turkey have much commonalities and could be utilized for strengthening mutual relations and for the benefit of the people. He assured the Speaker that his country will do all possible for speeding up the pace of economic development and progress in Pakistan.


Humanitarian Aid Workers Work for Helping People Regardless of Religion, Race, Color and Nationality: NA Speaker - August 18, 2016

Islamabad, August 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has appreciated the commendable role of humanitarian and aid workers for rendering humanitarian service in times of humanitarian crisis in the country. He said this in his message on the occasion of ‘World Humanitarian Day ‘being commemorated on 19 August 2016.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the aid workers put their life in risk for humanitarian service helping people around the world in times of conflict and natural disaster. This day is celebrated to honor the phenomenal contributions and sacrifices of aid workers striving for a better human world, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker highlighted that humanitarian aid workers have played significant role in Pakistan during floods, earthquake and internal displacement and provided remarkable service to the effected population in Pakistan. Their timely support and commitment has won the hearts of nation and left the mark of humanity in peoples mind added by the speaker.

 The speaker argued that humanitarian aid workers solemnly work for helping people regardless of religion, race, color and nationality that add prestige to their work, besides their work is neutral and impartial during course of their action while working with populations in times of humanitarian crisis.

 Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that it is time to pay tribute and applaud the role of humanitarian aid workers and consider their services for humanity and the support they have provided during critical humanitarian crisis in Pakistan and around the world.  


Speaker NA for Partnership With Germany Against Regional and Global Challenges - August 17, 2016

Islamabad, August 17, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that cordial relation with Germany is pivotal to Pakistan’s outreach to Europe. He urged the need for substantial and concrete engagement on pressing issues prevalent in the region and beyond. He was speaking to Ambassador of Germany Ms. Ina Lepel in Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

Appreciating the interest of Germany in a vibrant and inclusive Pakistani democracy, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan’s political leadership is committed to cement Pak-German political engagement for strengthening democratic governance. Admiring German’s hospitality extended to Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation led by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq himself, he remarked that there is an immense scope of furthering people-to-people contacts. He expressed satisfaction with the pace of political and economic cooperation between the two countries. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for expansion of economic relations through sustained engagement of chambers of commerce and other business forums. He further said that Pakistan is keen to benefit from Germany’s scientific and educational expertise to ensure genuine human development in Pakistan.

In a strong worded statement, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq condemned to latest wave of terrorist attacks in Europe and further added that Pakistan’s public stands in solidarity with European citizens. The Speaker said that Pakistani political and military leadership has demonstrated an unflinching commitment to eliminate terrorism from its soil. Referring to cementing cooperation with Germany, the Speaker remarked that Parliamentary engagement between the two nations is the bedrock of robust relation between the two nations and further urged the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations.

The German Ambassador Ms. Ina Lepel endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations and cementing people-to-people contacts. She added that Germany consider Pakistan a partner in South Asia for furthering genuine human development. She suggested that Germany is keen to partner with Pakistan in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and further appreciated the establishment of SDGs secretariat at National Assembly of Pakistan for fast-tracking progress on the stated objectives.

Ms. Ina Lepel acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in global war on terror and added that Germany would continue to support Pakistan at the regional as well as international level in its endeavors for promoting peace, democracy and economic development.


First SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference Concludes - August 17, 2016

Islamabad, August 17, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has expressed his belief that it is up to the parliamentarians to resolve the issues in the battlefield or through dialogue. He stressed on the need to give a fair share to women in the politics as well as in the inter-parliamentary delegations within the SAARC region.He was addressing the closing ceremony of the 1stSAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary services (PIPS) Islamabad.

Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker also apprised to the audience that Pakistan has been the biggest victim of the terrorism and after a long and hard struggle it is restrained 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 termed the youth to be the decisive power and urged them to actively involve themselves in politics. “The Youth should hold us accountable wherever we go wrong” he said. 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 his 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.

While addressing the ceremony, the Speaker appreciated the organisers of the conference for organizing the event in a befitting manner. He also commended and greatly lauded 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 a different and much improved opinion.

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 ensure the full commitment to enforce their respective part of the declaration and desired that the same should not be reduced to the paper but also implemented in letter and spirit for increased cooperation, coordination and dialogue between the SAARC countries. A unanimous decision to hold the meetings of SAARC Young Parliamentarians on a regular basis was also taken by the delegates. 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.

 


NA Speaker Inaugurates 1st SAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 - August 16, 2016

Islamabad, August 16, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that SAARC future leaders could settle the outstanding issues through dialogue and engagement to move towards peace and prosperity in the region. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 1stSAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference 2016 being held in Islamabad from 16-18 August 2016.

Calling it a momentous occasion in the history of democracy of the region, the NA Speaker said that South Asia must not remain a “Prisoner of the Past” but it should radiate fresh ideas and aspirations of our combined future. He said that statesmanship demanded that we confront our issues judiciously and address them honestly with an aim to solve them sincerely. The NA Speaker outlined that shared cultures and histories of the region, and developing economies could provide ample opportunities to work together to address common challenges.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that the goal of holding this conference was to build bridges between the future leaders of South Asia on a platform that supports continued engagement and cooperation. He urged the young parliamentarians to grasp the opportunity and with wide-ranging legislative and oversight powers and to turn the dream of a peaceful and prosperous neigh bourhood into a beaming reality.

The NA Speaker said that the inaugural SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference was a milestone to strategize a vision of vibrant, skilled and socially proactive youth citizenship in all member countries. “Special attention must be paid to encouraging youth participation in politics and civil society, and bringing about gender equality in all dimensions of our societies”, he added

He urged the delegates to make SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference into a forum that could streamline youth-related initiatives through legislative, representative and oversight tools within and outside members Parliaments for the mutual goal of youth emancipation.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his hope that the diverse themes being discussed and deliberated in the inaugural SAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference would augment the joint efforts of all young parliamentarians from the region to provide sustainable solutions to our common challenges of human security, abject poverty, malnutrition, addressing climate change and of meeting the newly instituted Sustainable Development Goals.

 


Outgoing Romanian Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - August 15, 2016

Islamabad, August 15, 2016: Outgoing Romanian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Emilian Ion paid a farewell call on Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House, today. Eulogizing the services of the Ambassador Mr. Emilian Ion for promoting Pak-Romania Friendship, the Speaker said that broad-based bilateral relations with Pakistan have received a new impetusduring his stay in Pakistan.

While talking to the Ambassador, the Speaker outlined that Pakistan’s political leadership has set out to forge deeper cooperation within the region and beyond and further added that relation with Romania is a stepping stone for Pakistan’s broader outreach to European Union. He said that interaction between legislators from both the countries would provide them opportunities to exchange views and share experiences.  He invited the Romanian investors to take advantage of huge investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Referring to the hospitality extended to Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation during their visit to Romania, the Speaker said that Romania reciprocates Pakistan’s gesture of friendship. Pakistan-Romania relations are based on mutual goodwill and understanding as well as converging views on important global issues, he added. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan is keen to collaborate with Romania in fast-tracking progress on achieving Sustainable Development Goals under the umbrella of first of its kind SDGs Secretariat established in National Assembly Secretariat. He also underlined the need for cooperation in education, Defence Production, Oil & Petroleum, tourism, sustainable energy generation and prevention of human trafficking.

The Romanian Ambassador Mr. Emilian Ion expressed his gratitude to Speaker for his views and said that during his stay in Pakistan, he has found Pakistanis friendly, peace-loving and resilient who have withstood the test of time. He assured Speaker that he would keep on portraying true image of Pakistan during his next diplomatic assignment.

The Romanian Ambassador Mr. Emilian endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expansion of Parliamentary and commercial relations. He added that Romania consider Pakistan as its partner in addressing regional and global challenges. He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in global war on terror and acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan for global peace and security.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulates The Nation on Independence Day - August 13, 2016

Islamabad, August 13th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq congratulated the nation on the eve of ‘Independence Day’. He remarked, this day remind us the unforgettable struggle and sacrifices made by our forefathers for next generations to live in freedom.

The Speaker urged the countrymen to pledge for steering Pakistan on the path of prosperity and development. He added that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah entrusted us with a sacred trust to transform Pakistan into a citadel of peace and a model for all other nations. He stated that 14th August is a reminiscent of countless sacrifices rendered for establishment, defense and security of Pakistan. The Speaker also paid rich tribute to the martyred heroes of Pakistan. 

The Speaker highlighted that this day is a pride for the Pakistani nation that is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that this day gives us the message to work whole heartedly with full devotion for the prosperity and development of our beloved country. We need to work with strong passion and commitment for the betterment and advancement of our homeland, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker said that on this Independence Day let we rethink about our plans, our actions and their outcomes for forging synergies in the best interest of our country and raising Pakistan to new heights of development.   

 


Ambassador Ofargentine Calls On Speaker NA - August 11, 2016

Islamabad; August 11th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is determined to pursue broad-based bilateral cooperation with Argentine in expansion of economic relations. He added that sustained cooperation in agriculture is central to achieving food security and sustainable development. He was speaking to Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich, Ambassador of Argentine to Pakistan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Thursday. Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Convener of Pak- Argentine Friendship Group was also present on the occasion.

In a warm invitation extended to the Speaker of Argentine’s Parliament to visit Pakistan, the Speaker asserted that Parliamentary engagement and economic cooperation will give a renewed strength to the relations between Pakistan and Argentine. In addition to strengthening Parliamentary ties, he underlined the need for a comprehensive frameworkto cement people to people contacts. Ayaz Sadiq added that the present government has provided a highly conducive environment for foreign investors. He further added that current government is committed to facilitate foreign investors.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s political and military leadership’s commitment to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is unflinching.  He outlined that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism strategy is guided by a jointly formulated National Action Plan which ensures across the board action against terrorism.

The Argentine AmbassadorMr. Ivan Ivanissevich highly acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and endeavors for global peace and security. He remarked that Pakistan has played a frontline role against the scourge of global terrorism. He expressed confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to eliminating terrorism from the country.

Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich further remarked that Argentine attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He highlighted that Parliamentary cooperation and exchange of delegations is central to promoting sustained engagement between the two countries.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Hanif Muhammad - August 11, 2016

Islamabad: August 11, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of legendary cricketer Hanif Muhammad alias Little Master.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tribute to his services in the field of cricket and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Hanif Muhammad. They termed the death of Hanif  Muhammad a great loss to the country and said that  the vacuum created by his  death in the is difficult to  fill.  “His services will be remembered for a long time to come” they added. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family and fans to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast At Civil Hospital Quetta - August 8, 2016

Islamabad: August 08, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at Civil Hospital Quetta and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
  
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism.  They said that the elements involved in such heinous activities were the enemies of the country and humanity and wanted to disrupt the peace in the country.   They said that such cowardly acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


US Congressman Calls On Speaker NA - August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016: Speaker National Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that a broad based Parliamentary engagement between Pakistan and the United States is central to address evolving regional challenges. He added that both nations have cherished a long and rich history of close and cordial ties between. He was speaking to the US Congressman Mr. Christ Stewart who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday. US Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. David Hale was also present on the occasion.

The Speaker highlighted that throughout Pakistan’s history, US has remained a partner in promoting genuine human development in Pakistan. Referring to the post 9/11 relations, the Speaker added that Pak-US alliance is not limited to narrow strategic interests rather it is based on comprehensive framework for cooperation in Science, Economy, Education, Agriculture, Human Rights, Governance and Democracy.

Sardar ayaz Sadiq said terrorism and extremism are directly related to conflicts and disputes and called on the international community to pay urgent attention to address disputes and unresolved conflicts, aggression, foreign occupation and denial of the right to self-determination. Referring to Pakistan’s contribution in war on terror, he remarked that the sacrifices rendered by Pakistani citizens will not go in vain.  He informed that the will of the political and military leadership to root out extremism from Pakistan is unflinching and urged deep rooted and robust bilateral cooperation for eliminating terrorism from the region and beyond. “Both terrorism and extremism posed severe threat to global peace and prosperity but terrorism should not be associated with any religion, culture or society”, he added.

The Speaker urged the US Congressman to take notice of Indian atrocities against innocent citizens in Kashmir. He added that Pakistan is committed to UN resolutions for self-determination of the Kashmiri people and we want to settle our dispute with discussion. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the US assistance to Pakistan in strengthening legislative capacity of the Parliament and efforts undertaken to promote an inclusive democracy in Pakistan. He added that Parliamentary cooperation between the two nations needs to receive a new vigor.  He also underlined the need for promoting people to people contacts to deepen shared understanding of each other.

US Congressman Mr. Christ Stewart appreciated Pakistan’s eagerness for a comprehensive relation with United States and assured the Speaker that US Congress is committed to strengthen Parliamentary engagements and people to people contacts with Pakistan. He highlighted that United States consider Pakistan a partner in promoting genuine human development in South Asia and further added that United Stated is committed to harness Pakistan’s potential to create a brighter economic future for its citizens.

He said that US shared Pakistan’s concerns and interests in the global struggle against terrorism. He added that joint cooperation is central to protecting and projecting mutual interests of both nations.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Shamim Ara - August 5, 2016

Islamabad: August 05, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the death of renowned Film Director and Artist, Shamim Ara.

In their separate condolence messages to members of bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the said demise of Shamim Ara. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


PML (N) MNAs Submit Reference to Speaker NA for Disqualification of Imran Khan - August 5, 2016

Islamabad August 05, 2016:  A delegation of members of National Assembly from Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) met Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his Chamber at Parliament House today.  The Members of the Delegation submitted a Reference to Speaker National Assembly under Article 62 & 63 Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for disqualification of Imran Khan, MNA from the National Assembly seat.   

The delegation comprising MNAs Muhammad Talal Chaudhry, Danyal Aziz, Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Muhammad Khan Daha and Main Abdul Manunan. The members of delegation sought Speaker’s decision on disqualification of Imran Khan.

In his remarks the Speaker assured the members that decision on the reference will be taken according to Constitution and Rules.

 


Pakistan And Turkmenistan Entering Into A New Era Of Unparalleled Cooperation: Speaker NA - August 3, 2016

Islamabad, August 3rd, 2016:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is set to open a new chapter in vibrantPak-Turkmenistan inter-Parliamentary relations.  He was speaking to the Chairperson Turkmenistan’s Parliamentary delegation led by his counterpart Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna Nurberdiyeva.

He outlined that Pakistan is proud of its brotherly relations with Turkmenistan and added that shared strategic calculations and mutuality of interests have brought the two nations ever closer. The Speaker termed Turkmenistan as “Pakistan’s partners” in its endeavors for the regional peace and prosperity.He said that Pak-Turkmen cooperation at various multilateral and bilateral forums is highly imperative for achieving shared objectives of regional and global peace. Referring to the repeated meetings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov during the last 14 months, he added that top leadership of both countries is determined to forge deeper cooperation. Appreciating the repeated meetings of Pak-Turkmen Parliamentary Friendship Group, he urged the need for adding a new vigor to Pak-Turkmenistan inter-Parliamentary ties and exploring other avenues for furthering people to people contacts between the two brotherly countries.

The Speaker outlined that Turkmenistan’s energy potential may greatly assist in restraining Pakistan’s power shortages and reciprocally Pakistani sea ports as well as  expertise in agriculture sector, food processing and textiles will potentially benefit Turkmenistan.Referring to the 8 MoUs signed between the two nations during the visit of Turkmen President to Pakistan in March, 2016, he urged the need for boosting bilateral trade and diversification of economic relations for mutual prosperity. He remarked that the completion of TAPI Pipeline would open a new chapter of energy cooperation between Asian nations to ease energy deficits in South Asia.

Chairperson of the Mejlis of the Turkemenistan Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna Nurberdiyeva said that Turkmenistan is determined to foster robust ties with Pakistan through enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation. She remarked that Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral cooperation will unleash a new wave of connectivity in the region.

She added that Turkmenistan consider its partnership with Pakistan highly essential for promoting peace in the region. Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expanding people to people contacts and exchange of Parliamentary delegations.  Later on, the Turkmen Speaker also signed the visitor’s book along with her comments.The delegation also visited the Solar Power Plant installed in the premises of Parliament to meet the energy requirement of Parliament House.


Chairperson Turkmenistan’s Mejlis To Visit Pakistan - August 2, 2016

Islamabad, 2 August, 2016: A parliamentary delegation from Turkmenistan led by Chairperson of Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan Mrs. Akja Nurberdiyeva will be visiting Pakistan over a two-day stay starting from 2nd August, 2016. The delegation is visiting on invitation by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The delegation will hold bilateral meetings with the Pakistani political leadership including President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif besides its visit to the Parliament House where it will be meeting with the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani separately. Matters pertaining to bilateral relations, regional affairs and parliamentary interactions will be discussed in the meet ups.

The delegation will also take a tour of the Green Parliament Project that meets the energy demands of the Parliament House, the first of its kind in the region.


Child Labour Barrier To National Development: NA Speaker - August 1, 2016

Islamabad; 1 August, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that child Labour was a huge impediment to children’s rights; and a barrier to national development and prosperity. He lamented that the children who enter the labour force end up being deprived of all amenities of life which could uplift them, their families and eventually the whole society out of poverty and hunger. He was addressing an event observing the “World Day against Child Labour” being organized by the Federal Ombudsman in Islamabad. Federal Ombudsman Salman Farooqi also spoke at the occasion.

Highlighting the global severity of child labour, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that 215 million children around the world including Pakistan were working, with more than half of them exposed to worst forms of child labour including hazardous environments and slavery. He apprised the audience regarding establishment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Secretariat in the Parliament House and said that the Parliament was functioning in accordance with international development agendas. He said that in this regard, he constituted a Parliamentary Task Force coordinating with all the provinces and administrative units to formulate a common strategy to deal with developmental challenges of such nature.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the efforts of Ombudsman in raising awareness regarding the critical but ignored matter of child labour across the country. He said that the role of Ombudsman in effectively dealing with the individual complaints pertaining to children was crucial because of its existing legal framework to address the systematic issues. He also commended the Ombudsman for addressing significant cases of public importance and providing relief to hundreds of thousands. He extended his all out support in providing assistance in formulating and coordinating policies on Child Rights and Child Protection through National Commissioner for Children.

The Speaker stressed upon the need to devise integrated strategies formulated by coordinated efforts of legislation, civil society organizations and media to rehabilitate and free the children in labour. He informed that the Parliament would soon hold debates on matters pertaining to vital importance of social development including population growth and child labour. He said that both issues are largely interconnected with one leading to another because of lack of resources.  He said that we should avail this opportunity to think of children in forced labour who are facing the harsh and unforgiving effects of this hardship.   “We undoubtedly owe all these children a future without violence, fear and exploitation as they deserve to be at schools and acquiring skills and education which prepare them for decent work as adults”, he added.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mr. Anwar Ali Cheema, Former Federal Minister - July 31, 2016

Islamabad: July 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Mr. Anwar Ali Cheema, former Federal Minister and MNA.   

In their separate condolence message to his Family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Mr. Anwar Ali Cheema. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan - July 31, 2016

Islamabad: July 31, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have congratulated Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, on their election as Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In their separate congratulatory message to Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, they said that their election as Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir was an evidence of trust and confidence of leadership, members of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly reposed in them. They expressed the hope that under their sagacious leadership Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly will play more vital role to further strengthen the democratic norms and institutions in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed for their success.

 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Shah Ghulam Qadir and Sardar Farooq Tahir - July 30, 2016

Islamabad: July 30, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have congratulated Shah Ghulam Qadir and Sardar Farooq Tahir, on their  election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

In their separate congratulatory message to Shah Ghulam Qadir and Sardar Farooq Tahir, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that their  election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was an evidence of trust and confidence of leadership, members of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly reposed in them. They expressed the hope that under their sagacious leadership Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly will play more vital role to further strengthen the democratic norms and institutions in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed for their success.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Mother of Nasim Zehra - July 28, 2016

Islamabad:  July 28, 2016:   Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the death of mother of Nasim Zehra, Senior Columnist and Anchor.

In their separate condolence messages to Nasim Zehra, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of her mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to her and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Pakistan Is Committed To Peace And Prosperity In The World: Says NA Speaker - July 26, 2016

Islamabad: July 26, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan is committed to peace and prosperity in the region and the world. We do not want to be engaged in an arms race in South Asia. He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of Standing Committee on Economics and Sustainable Development Affairs of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Islamabad, today.

He said that we are self-respecting nation whereas Pakistan is obliged to take essential steps to maintain its security. “At the same time, we also cannot however remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics and arms buildup in our region” the Speaker added. While discussing the issue of Nuclear Supplies Group, he argued that no single nation is treated as favorite while discriminating with others. International politics should instead function on ideals of justice, equality and fairness. “The world cannot be a safer place, if nations are discriminated” he urged. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq assured that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear weapon state, and we will continue to support the objectives of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation by maintaining the highest standards of security of nuclear facilities and stocks.

The Speaker said that the security situation around the world remains precarious. Terrorism remains a serious threat and it has caused the loss of over 60,000 innocent lives in Pakistan over the last two decades. He further said that the government and the people of Pakistan have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to uproot the menace of terrorism and violent extremism from Pakistan. The consensus-based military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” has been remarkably successful in our campaign against terrorism and extremism, the Speaker informed.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged that the plight of Palestinians, Rogenia Muslims and Kashmiris cannot be ignored if we wish to build a peaceful and democratic Asia. The international community including the APA member states must redress these injustices against these victims of aggression. “Our Parliament stands firm in solidarity with all such oppressed people of the world and demands from the international community to ensue their fundamental rights. The Kashmir dispute must be resolved in light of the UN Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people”, he added.

The Speaker said that one of the key pillars of Pakistan’s policy is to encourage regional integration and connectivity. The most promising element of this policy is the recently launched China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He informed that CPEC will help end power outages in Pakistan, and ensure seamless connectivity between China, South Asia and Central Asia.

He said that Pakistan firm believes in the promotion of democracy, peace, security and development in the region and its neighborhood.” I am sure that guided by Asian spirit and sustained efforts, we can resolve the intricacies of integration towards establishing an Asian Parliament to transform our continent into one unified parliament”, the Speaker said.


Turkey Is Time Tested Friend Of Pakistan: Says NA Speaker - July 26, 2016

Islamabad: July 26, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that friendship between the Turkey and Pakistan is time tested and has roots in history. This fact cannot be denied that Turkey has always been a friend in need and stood by Pakistan in difficult times. He expressed these views in a meeting with Turkish Parliamentarians Mr. Burhan Kayaturk and Mr. Baris Karadeniz in Parliament House, today. Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin, Turkish Ambassador was also present in the meeting.

While discussing the recent situation in Turkey, the Speaker paid rich tributes to the Turkish people for their resolute support to democracy and rule of law by foiling the coup.“We express our complete support and solidarity with Turkey, the democratically elected government of Turkey and the democratic institutions of Turkey. Pakistan Parliament reaffirms its abiding interest in a democratic, peaceful and stable Turkey” he added.

The Speaker underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries for further cementing the fraternal relations between the two countries. He said that parliamentarians of the two sides could play a meaningful role in the region as ‘parliamentary diplomacy could enable the real policy makers to understand each-others’ points of view, better. He called for greater interaction between business communities of both the countries to tap the immense economic potential especially in the trade and manufacturing sectors.

Turkish delegation thanked the Speaker’s sentiments for Turkey and assured Turkish all-out support to Pakistan in diverse field. They also agreed with Speaker and said that Turkish Parliament would be delighted to enhance its relations with Pakistani Parliament so that understanding and cooperation between both the countries could be further pursued. They assured the Speaker to take up the issue with the concerned quarters so that areas of bilateral cooperation could be explored.

The Turkish delegation lauded the support of people, parliament and the government of Pakistan for democracy and rule of law in Turkey. They also appreciated the stance of entire nation of Pakistan regarding coup in Turkey and the solidarity with Turkish people. On this occasion, Mr. Burhan Kayaturk presented a CD of coup in Turkey and the commitment of Turkish people with democracy. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq instructed to place this CD place in National Assembly Library and also distribute it to all the parliamentary leaders of Parliament of Pakistan.


Chinese Delegation Calls on Acting Speaker National Assembly - July 22, 2016


International Brotherhood should play a role to end the Indian cruelties - July 20, 2016


Peaceful Settlement of Kashmir Issue in accordance with the Aspirations of Kashmir People; Imperative for the peace and Development of the Region - July 15, 2016

Islamabad: July 15, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Speaker House of Lord, Baroness D’Souza, according to a message received from London, UK. The meeting revolved around Pak-UK historic relations and opportunities for partnership in uplifting democracy through consistent Parliamentary engagement.

Highlighting the Kashmir Issue during the meeting, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people was imperative for the peace and development of the region. He said that Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. “Brutality and coercion have not and will not succeed in suppressing the aspiration and struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination”, Speaker said.

He also informed Baroness D’Souza regarding new initiatives taken by the National Assembly of Pakistan specifically the establishment of first of its kind dedicated Secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals and setting up the first ever Green Parliament in the world after switching on Solar Power. Baroness D’Souza endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for strengthening consistent 5relations with Pakistan encompassing trade, security, human rights, education and people to people contacts. The Lord Speaker said that Britain acknowledge Pakistan’s role in curbing terrorism and stands in solidarity with the families affected by terrorism.

Later on, Speaker National Assembly also held a meeting with MPs and members of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) separately. He said that that his election as President of CPA for the year 2015-16 was an expression of confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening democracy. This was for the first time in over 60 years of Pakistan’s association with the CPA that Pakistan would have hosted its Annual Conference in September 2015. However, he had to forego his Presidency and withdraw Pakistan’s bid for hosting the 61st CPA Conference for the sake of Pakistan’s historic, unwavering and principled stance on Kashmir as it cannot issue an invitation to the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to attend this Conference. He informed the MPs and CPA Members that Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir is rooted in UN Security Council Resolutions and International Law and further added that Pakistan upholds the right of people of Jammu & Kashmir to self-determination and will continue to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri cause.  He further outlined that Pakistan will continue to cooperate with CPA Members in furthering Parliamentary democracy, rule of law and Human Rights as enshrined the CPA constitution.


NA Speaker and President of German Bundestag agree to enhance Parliamentary Cooperation between Both the Legislatures - July 10, 2016

Islamabad July 10, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan and Germany have the same stated objectives of peace and stability in the region and we hope that our bilateral engagement would continue to broaden on basis of mutual respect and mutual interests.  According to the message received from Germany, he expressed these views while talking to the President of Bundestag (German Parliament), Prof. Norbert Lammert in Bundestag, Berlin.


The meeting was held in cordial atmosphere wherein from both the leaders agreed for strengthening of Pak-German friendship through enhancing parliamentary and people to people contacts. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan values its decade’s old friendship with Germany and strongly desires to strengthen its parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that Germany has been vocal and staunch supporter of Pakistan and has always extended assistance in when needed.
 
The Speaker also held meetings with various Committees of the Bundestag; including the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, the Committee on Defense; the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the South Asia Friendship group.
 
The President of the Brandenburg, State Parliament of Germany also hosted a lunch in honour of the Speaker. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also delivered a talk at the prestigious think tank, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), German Institute for International and Security Affairs and expounded Pakistan's position on key foreign policy issues.
 
During his interactions in Germany, the Speaker discussed full spectrum of relations with his interlocutors. Regional and international issues of mutual concern also came under discussion. The Speaker reiterated the resolve of the government for a peaceful neighborhood and its desire to settle all outstanding political and security issues in the region. The successful efforts of the Pakistani government towards improvement of economy were highlighted.
 


NA Speaker condole the Sad Demise of Savior of Destitute, Abdul Sattar Edhi - July 9, 2016

Islamabad July 9, 2016: Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of great servant of humanity, legendary social worker, noble soul, savior of destitute and true asset of Pakistan, Abdul Sattar Edhi.
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that we have lost the prodigious human but his legacy of serving humanity will never be ended. “Edhi’s contribution to social welfare is irreplaceable. His efforts will always be remembered”, he added.
 
The Speaker, offering his condolences to the bereaved family, said, “I offer my deepest condolences to the proud family of Abdul Sattar Edhi and pray that Almighty Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace, Ameen”.
 
Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abassi also expressed his condolences and eulogized services of late Edhi for humanity.


State Secretary of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Calls on Speaker National Assembly - July 9, 2016

Islamabad July 9, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Germany enjoys cordial and cooperative relations which needs to be further strengthened through substantive and long term parliamentary and economic cooperation. According to the message received from Germany, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while talking to Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German State Secretary of Foreign Affairs who called on the Speaker of National Assembly in Berlin.

Speaker briefed the German dignitary on the strengthening of Parliamentary democracy in Pakistan; the prospects and desirability of peace in Afghanistan; and the positive trajectory of economic development and the immense opportunities provided by the CPEC  for trade and connectivity in the region and beyond.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also highlighted the issues of Defence procumbent of Germany, and the expected role of the major powers towards a criteria based expansion of NSG.

The meeting resolved to facilitate German investments in Pakistan; with the State Secretary planning to visit Pakistan third time in two years. This fall at the head of a delegation of German businessman. The meeting ended with mutual assurances to further deeper already excellent bilateral relations.
During the meeting, the Speaker was accompanied by Mir Amir Magsi, MNA and the Ambassador of Pakistan in Germany, Mr. Jauhar Saleem.

Earlier, Mr. Niels Annen, Chairman of the South Asia Friendship Group in the German Parliament, hosted a lunch in the honour of the Speaker.    Full Spectrum of bilateral and regional issues were discussed during the lunch. It was decided that the contacts between the two parliaments would be further strengthening with frequent exchanges and deepening of institutional linkages.
 


Acting President condole the Death of mother of Parliamentary Secretary Ch. Hamid Hameed and former MNA Ahmed Zia ur Rehman - July 2, 2016

Islamabad July 2, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Acting President of Pakistan has condoled the sad demise of mother of Ch. Hamid Hameed, Parliamentary Secretary Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan and Mr. Ahmed Zia Ur Rehman, Former MNA and Father in Law of Barrister Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Parliamentary Secretary Information and Broadcasting.

In their separate condolence messages, Acting President prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Sister of Ghulam Sarwar Khan MNA - June 24, 2016

Islamabad:  June 24, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of sister of Member National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his sister. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn the killing of Amjad Sabri - June 22, 2016

Islamabad;   June 22, 2016.  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the killing of eminent Qawali Singer and Naat Khawan, Amjad Sabri who  assassinated by the unknown assailants in Karachi today.

In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family the Speaker and Deputy Speaker strongly condemned the killing of Amjad Sabri and said that the culprits involved in this heinous incident were the enemies of peace and   humanity.  They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the tragic incident and paid rich tribute to Amjad Sabri  services in field of Qawali. They said that vacuum created by his death is difficult  to fill for a long time to come.    They prayed almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condoled the death of Wife of Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur - June 16, 2016

Islamabad:  June 16, 2016:   Speaker National Assembly  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and  Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi   have condoled the death of wife  of Member National Assembly, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur.

In their separate condolence messages to Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his wife. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Saeed Ahmed (R), Assistant Sergeant at Arms National Assembly Secretariat - June 12, 2016

Islamabad: June 12, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Saeed Ahmed (R) Assistant Sergeant at Arms National Assembly Secretariat.   

In their separate condolence messages to their Family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Saeed Ahmed. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Express grief over the loss of lives in cave in roof of mosque in Karachi - June 10, 2016


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn the killing of Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai - June 9, 2016

Islamabad;   June 9, 2016.  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the killing of Principal University Law College, Quetta Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai, nephew of  Mehmood  Khan Achakzai, Member National Assembly who was killed in firing incident in Quetta.

In their separate message to Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker strongly condemned the killing of Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai. They expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the tragic death of Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Ramadan Teaches Us To Follow The Path Of Goodness And Moderation: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - June 6, 2016

Islamabad, June 6, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Ramadan is a month of blessings in which Muslims across the globe seek benevolence of Almighty Allah through fasting and praying. He said that the holy month warrants to be observed by generously helping those who are less privileged and deprived of basic needs. He expressed these views in his greeting message on the advent of holy month of Ramadan being observed by the Muslims around the world.

Highlighting the divine blessings bestowed upon Muslims in this holy month, the Speaker said that this sacred occasion provides us a prospect to seek forgiveness for our sins and benevolence of Almighty Allah. He said that Ramadan enjoins upon the Muslims to reflect munificence to fellow beings by helping those who are needy and less fortunate. He said that Allah Almighty is magnanimous and opens up countless doors of his blessings for those who generously assist disadvantaged brethren to alleviate their miseries. “Fasting in Ramadan guides us to feel for those who are victims of misfortune developing a sense of sacrifice and charity in the society”, he added.

Speaker National Assembly said that Ramadan teaches us to follow the path of goodness and moderation - the way that seeks to promote righteousness and restraint immorality. He said that Muslims reject the extremists and bigots who behind the façade of religion spread terrorism and militancy. He said that such mindset has brought a bad name to a peaceful religion and put its followers to shame. He said that Muslims need to unite against these wicked forces who seek to fulfill their vested and political interests through nefarious and devilish plots in the name of Islam. 

“May this Ramadan brings the joys of peace and happiness all over the world. I pray that this holy month puts an absolute end to sedition, sectarianism and unrest among the Muslim Ummah and lays the ground for harmony and tranquility in the world”, he said.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali - June 5, 2016

Islamabad June 5, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of the Boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
 
In their separate condolence messages to the family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. He was not only Professional Sportsman but also the greatest human being and true Muslim.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Gen. (R) Abdul Majeed Malik, former Federal Minister - June 4, 2016

Islamabad June 4, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of the General (R) Abdul Majeed Malik, former federal Minister.

In their separate condolence messages to their family, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his family. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Business Advisory Committee meets - May 31, 2016

Islamabad; May 31, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq chaired a meeting of the House Business Advisory Committee in the Parliament House to discuss the agenda for the Budget Session of the National Assembly, today.

After discussion and taking into account suggestions by representative of the political parties in the National Assembly, it was decided that general discussion on the Budget will continue from June 6, 2016 to June, 15 2016 and Minister for Finance will wind up the general discussion on the Budget followed by discussion on appropriation in respect of charged expenditure 2016-2017 on June 16, 2016.

It was also decided that the discussion and voting on cut motions and demand for grants in respect of voted expenditure 2016-2017 would be taken up on 17th and 18th June, 2016.

It was further decided that the consideration and passage of Finance Bill, 2016 will take place on June 20, 2016 and discussion on supplementary demands for grants and appropriation 2015-2016 in respect of charged and voted expenditure and laying of schedule of authorized expenditure 2016-2017 would take place on 21st June, 2016.

It was also agreed that the sittings of the National Assembly will be held from Monday to Saturday during the session with timings from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Committee was informed that the question hour and other non-legislative business will remain suspended during the Budget Session.

The meeting was attended by Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence Production and Science and Technology, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs; and MNAs Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Sheikh Salahudin and Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole The Death of MNA Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan - May 24, 2016

Islamabad: May 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of Member National Assembly and senior politician Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan.

In their separate condolence messages to members of grieved family, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Malik Iqbal Mehdi and paid rich tribute to his political and social services. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with patience and forbearance.


Speaker NA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Visit Residence of Late Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan, MNA - May 24, 2016


Pakistan keen to expand Trade & Economic Cooperation with Portugal: Speaker NA - May 17, 2016

Islamabad, May17th 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan was keen to forge strong bilateral relations with Portugal. He underlined the need for regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations to facilitate comprehensive bilateral engagements. He was speaking to Portuguese Charge de Affairs Mr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.


While talking to him, the Speaker underlined the need for bilateral cooperation to explore the untapped opportunities and expand the scope of relations. The Speaker outlined that Pakistan was keen to collaborate with Sothern Europe in trade and economic affairs and deemed Portugal as a gateway to enhance cooperation and exchange of expertise in the field of Science and Information Technology.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Portuguese expertise in energy generation through renewable energy resources could help Pakistan easing its energy crisis. The Speaker also emphasized on the need to promote tourism in both countries as people to people contacts were highly significant in cementing inter-state relations.

Portugal Charge de Affairs Mr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa highly endorsed Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expansion of trade and economic relations and added that relations with Pakistan in energy, tourism and education may form the basis for future cooperation. Exchange of Parliamentary delegations and business groups could create further avenues for cooperation, he added.


Cuban Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - May 12, 2016

Islamabad May 12th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Cuba were committed to robust its bilateral relations through mutual cooperation and synergies. He highlighted that the exchange of parliamentary groups between the two countries would strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two nations. He was speaking to Mr. Gabriel Tiel Capote, Cuban Ambassador who called on him here at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker appreciated the Cuban government for its assistance to Pakistani students to pursue education in Cuba through scholarships. He outlined that the mutual economic collaboration in the field of commercial and technology had improved the working bilateral relation between the two countries. The Parliamentary Friendship group between Pakistan and Cuba established in National Assembly of Pakistan had set a notion of parliamentary collaboration between the two nations. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the extension in bilateral trade agreements between both the countries and regular parliamentary cooperation will take the bilateral relations to a new height.

The Speaker admired the role of Cuban government and doctors who provided their immense support during the catastrophic 2005-earthquake in Pakistan and the first hand support provided by Cuban doctors afterwards. This humanitarian gesture brought Cuban government and people close to Pakistani people that left a mark of friendship and mutual respect for each other.

Mr. Gabriel Tiel Capote said that the Cuban government supported Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and look forward to a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s stance on global war against terrorism and praised the achievements attained by Pakistani government and its security forces.

The Cuban Ambassador highlighted that Cuba would continue to identify more avenues where both the countries can intervene and work together towards mutual cooperation and development bringing both the nations close to each other and cementing the bilateral ties to new level. He also extended invitation on behalf of Cuban Speaker to Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to visit Cuba along with his parliamentary delegation.


National Assembly To Meet On 12th May, 2016 At 4:00 PM - May 11, 2016

Islamabad; May 11th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly has been pleased to call sitting of the National Assembly at 4.00 pm instead of 10.30 am on Thursday, the 12th May, 2016 in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Speaker has called the sitting of the National Assembly in exercise of powers conferred by rule 49(2)(b) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.


Pakistan keen to expand Economic Trade Cooperation in the Region: NA Speaker - May 11, 2016

Islamabad, May 11, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan was keen to expand its economic and trade cooperation in the region extending to Central and South East Asia. He said that Pakistan desired to facilitate foreign investment in Pakistan’s infrastructure, information technology, health and energy sectors.  He expressed these views while speaking to Ambassadors of Japan and Turkmenistan, who called on him separately today at Parliament House, Islamabad.

While talking to Japanese Ambassador Mr. Takashi Kuria, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Japan enjoyed cordial relations validated by trade and cooperation between the two nations. Referring to Pak-Japan robust relations, he added that both the countries stood with each other side by side when faced with challenges. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan had shown immense interest in cementing trade and economic relations with Japan. He stated that Japan was one of the largest import destinations for Pakistan.


The Speaker urged the need for regular exchanges of Parliamentary delegations for facilitating all-encompassing robust bilateral relations. He remarked that the Parliamentary Friendship Group between Pakistan and Japan at National Assembly of Pakistan exhibited the notion of commitment to strong bilateral relations between both the countries.

Appreciating Pakistan’s economic potential, Japanese Ambassador highlighted that Japan would continue to work with Pakistan in order to strengthen economic relations with Pakistan. He endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations. He appreciated Pakistan’s role in global fight against terrorism.

While speaking to Ambassador of Turkmenistan Mr. Atadjan Movlamov, the Speaker remarked that Turkmenistan held a unique importance in Pakistan’s strategic calculations for regional cooperation. He highlighted that Pak-Turkmenistan relations were grounded in shared perspective on regional challenges and stronger cultural affinities and urged the need for taking this relation to a new height. He outlined that TAPI pipeline was not just an energy pipeline but a milestone in forging greater integration between South and Central Asian nations. He remarked that Pakistan confidently counted on Turkmenistan’s cooperation for restraining Pakistan’s energy dip.

Mr. Atadjan Movlamov highly appreciated Pakistan’s renewed shift in policy to focus on Central Asia and its endeavors for facilitating infrastructural connectivity. He reaffirmed his commitment for expanding trade and cultural relations with Pakistan and urged the need for greater exchanges of Parliamentary delegations. He further added that Turkmenistan aspired to deepen people to people contacts with Pakistan for strengthening bilateral relations.


Informed Decision making is Central to uplifting Parliament's Performance: NA Speaker - May 10, 2016

Islamabad, May 10, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that informed decision making is central to uplifting Parliament’s performance. He added that strengthening of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) through appointment of competent leadership is highly essential for robust research and legislative support to the legislatures.  He was presiding the meeting of Board of Governors of PIPS in Islamabad today. The matter of appointment of Executive Director of PIPS was the agenda of the meeting.

The participants were informed that six candidates had been shortlisted for the interview after a thorough scrutiny and careful evaluation of the applicants’ credentials. Minute details of the credentials of the short-listed candidates including their academic excellence and extensive relevant experiences were focused for the final selection. The shortlisted candidates were interviewed by the Board members chaired by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. After rigorous interviews by the Board, Mr. Zafar ullah Khan was finally appointed as the new Executive Director of the PIPS.

The Speaker highlighted that highest level of transparency was ensured during the entire selection process. He said that PIPS was mandated with providing parliamentary services to the national and provincial legislatures along with conducting training workshops for the parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. He highlighted that PIPS warranted a competent and a visionary individual at the highest management position who could exhibit acute leadership skills and bring innovative changes in the institution.

The Speaker also announced that the Ministry of Law has allowed PIPS Act to be amended to incorporate the Speakers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assemblies as member of PIPS Board of Governors.

Deputy Chairman Senate Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Mr. Zahid Hamid, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Dr. Meher Taj Roghani; Senators Mr. Farhatullah Babar, Ms. Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and Ms. Nuzhat;  and MNAs Mr. S. A. Iqbal Qadri, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Ms. Marryam Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan attended the meeting.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Nephew of Majeeb Ur Rahman Shami, Chief Editor Daily Pakistan. - May 8, 2016

Islamabad May 8, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the passing away of nephew of Majeeb ur Rahman Shami, Chief Editor Daily Pakistan.

In their separate condolence messages to Majeeb ur Rahman Shami, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his nephew. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Congratulates London’s First Muslim Mayor-Elect Sadiq Khan - May 7, 2016

Islamabad, May 7, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has warmly congratulated Sadiq Khan on being elected as first ever Muslim mayor of London in a landslide victory. In his felicitation message to Sadiq Khan, the Speaker remarked that entire Pakistan was jubilant with Khan’s landslide victory in the British capital and added that victory had conferred great responsibility on his shoulders as mayor of one of world’s most multiethnic capitals.

Expressing his confidence in Sadiq Khan’s abilities as mayor of London, the Speaker said that he was confident that Sadiq Khan would deliver to the hopes of Londoners in general and Pakistani diaspora in particular. He urged Khan to leave no stone unturned in providing a conducive environment and opportunities for all Londoners to reach their potential. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highly appreciated Londoner’s unambiguous choice of a mayor and expressed his hope that Mr Khan’s era would set historic precedence of effective governance and service delivery to the general public as his own life demonstrated a triumph of hope over fear.

Referring to the Pakistani origins of Khan, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that overwhelming support for Sadiq Khan had bolstered confidence of Pakistani community in Britain’s pluralistic democracy. He said that it also reflected the strength of deep rooted democratic culture in the British politics that allowed the son of a Pakistani bus driver to contest and get elected as the mayor of the UK capital.

The Speaker also congratulated Pakistani diaspora in Britain and urged them to make a good name for homeland by proactively contributing to Britain’s civic, political and economic development. He added that people of Pakistan sincerely wish good luck for his tenure in office as mayor of London.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Senior Journalist Nazir Ahmed Aulakh - May 3, 2016

Islamabad:   May 03, 2016: The  Speaker,  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi National Assembly  have condoled the death of father of Senior Journalist and Chief News Editor Daily Nai Baat, Nazir Ahmed Aulakh.

In their separate condolence messages to Nazir Ahmed Aulakh, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his father. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the death of mother of Khshnood Ali Khan - May 1, 2016

Islamabad May 1, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of mother of senior journalist Mr. Khushnood Ali Khan.

In their separate condolence messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable losses with equanimity.


Protection of Labour Rights, Imperative for Economic Development: Says NA Speaker - April 30, 2016

Islamabad: April 30, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that nation's economic strength and vigour is determined by the status and standard of living of its labour class and protection of their rights. He said this in his message on May Day being commemorated world over tomorrow.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the labour class plays a vital role in the development and progress of a country; therefore, it is essential to ensure their welfare and payment of proper and timely remuneration for their services. The Speaker said that Islam lays a great emphasis on the welfare and proper award of labour. He said that all the civilized societies in the world have legislated to ensure the rights and welfare of their labour force.

"We are observing May Day with a resolve to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of labour and to pay tribute to the valiant and heroic struggle of the workers of Chicago who sacrificed their lives for the fundamental rights of their fellow workers," he added. The Speaker said that Pakistani labour force is rendering valuable services and contribution in the economies of other countries and was a great source of our foreign exchange earnings.

He said that the present democratic government is pursuing labour friendly policies and have legislated for ensuring welfare of the labour class in the country. The Speaker said that rights and duties go side by side and urged the labour class of the country to work hard with devotion to harness the country's immense resources for the prosperity and development of the country and its people.
 


NA Speaker Condoles The Death Of Uncle Of Deputy Speaker National Assembly - April 27, 2016

Islamabad: April 27, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has condoled the sad demise of uncle of Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Hameed Anwar Abbasi who died today.

In his condolence message, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of Hameed Anwar Abbasi. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

Hameed Anwar Abbasi was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Seer Garbi, District Abbotabad.


Pak-Russia Parliamentary Interaction Central To Robust Cooperation: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - April 21, 2016

Islamabad, 21st April, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that parliamentary interaction was central to robust cooperation between Pakistan and Russian Federation. He said that vast opportunities for Pakistan and Russia were available in economic and trade sectors that could provide long-term benefits for both the countries. According to a message received from Moscow, he expressed these views while speaking to his Russian counterpart, Chairman of the State Duma, Mr. Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin on the sidelines of first conference of the Speakers of Parliament of Eurasia being held in Moscow, Russia.
 
While speaking to Mr. Naryshkin, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan considered Russia a valuable friend who had been partner in economic and infrastructure development in Pakistan. He said that constant engagement from either side had added depth to the existing relations. He outlined that new regional blocks and structures were emerging to address issues that were global in nature. Urging the need for comprehensive cooperation between both the countries, Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that terrorism, climate change, energy crunch and diseases had profoundly constrained the region and stressed on the need for collaboration in addressing these challenges.
 
The Speaker said that he endeavored to strengthen the ties between the legislatures of the two countries. The Speaker informed the Chairman of the State Duma that Pakistan-Russia Friendship group had been established in National Assembly and interaction between parliamentarians through this forum could play an important role in creating better understanding between both the countries. Apart from parliamentary cooperation, the Speaker underlined the need for deepening people to people contacts, business and economic ties and defense cooperation as part of larger framework for robust Pak-Russia relations.
 
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq informed Mr. Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin that people of Pakistan desired cordial and comprehensive relations with Russia. He elaborated that Pakistan’s geographical location, economic turnaround and its renewed vigor for fostering regional connectivity could offer immense opportunities for Russian investment in Pakistan. He said that both countries could strengthen bilateral relations through enhanced cooperation in trade and commerce sectors. 
 
Mr. Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin stated that Pak-Russia cooperation was highly central for tackling regional challenges including terrorism, drug trafficking and regional stability. He added that Russia attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and assured that Russia was ready to assist Pakistan in diverse fields including agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, defense and education. He underlined the need for diversification of bilateral relations and effective collaboration on various international forums.


Interaction Among The Legislatures Of The Eurasia States To Have Long Term Impact On Regional Prosperity: NA Speaker - April 20, 2016

Islamabad, April 20, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan endorsed the idea of interaction among the legislatures of the Eurasian countries. He said that periodic meetings with increase in people to people contacts, enhanced business and cultural exchanges among the member states would have a long term impact on the prosperity of the Eurasian region. He expressed these views while addressing the 1st Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of Eurasia Countries held in Moscow, Russian Federation, according to a message received from Moscow.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for close coordination among member states by addressing the common challenges to carve out peace and stability in the region and beyond. He said that interaction in the field of security, intelligence sharing and fight against terrorism and narcotics trafficking would further cement these ties. He said that the Eurasia region was passing through defining moments in terms of economic and strategic developments at regional and global level. “Changes in the global power equation and structure that we are witnessing today will shape strategic and economic developments in the times to come”, he added.

The Speaker stressed upon the need to exploit the true potential of the region through enhanced cooperation. He said that the rise of Eurasia as the political and economic epicenter was fast becoming a reality. He made reference to accelerated pace in growth of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and said that the SCO’s endorsement of China’s One Belt One Road would open many new avenues of regional cooperation.

Highlighting Pakistan’s role in the global war on terrorism, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan was the stage of one of the biggest fight against terrorism and a military operation Zarb-e-Azb was in its final stage which had subsequently minimized the terror threats yielding positive results. He said that Pakistan was making efforts to resolve all outstanding disputes, including Kashmir, with India peacefully through dialogue. He said that peaceful resolution of outstanding issues was imperative for regional peace and stability.

The Speaker applauded the initiative taken by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Russian Parliament of holding the 1st Conference of Speakers of the Eurasia Countries. He said that this opportunity had laid the foundations for forging closer ties and enhancing interaction among the Parliaments of the Eurasian countries. He also proposed establishment of committees to explore possibilities of cooperation in specific areas of common interest and concern in order to facilitate genuine integration amongst Eurasian countries.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker Condole the Death of Father in Law of Senior Reporter Asghar Chaudhary - April 20, 2016

Islamabad: April 20, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the father-in-law of senior reporter Mr. Asghar Chaudhary of Roznama Jehan Pakistan. 

In their separate condolence messages to Mr. Asghar Chaudhary, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father-in-law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Condole The Death Of Ch. Abdul Ghafoor - April 19, 2016

Islamabad: April 19, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of former Federal Minister Ch. Abdul Ghafoor.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They said that Ch. Abdul Ghafoor was a politician of high repute and his services for promotion of democracy and supremacy of Constitution in the country will be remembered for a long time to come. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Speaker Baluchistan Assembly Calls On Na Speaker - April 15, 2016

Islamabad April 15, 2016:  Speaker Baluchistan Assembly, Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House today.  The matters pertaining to legislative business, parliamentary affairs and democratization process in the country were discussed during the meeting.   

The Speaker congratulated Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani on her election as first ever woman Speaker of the Baluchistan Assembly. He was confident that under her sagacious leadership the Baluchistan Assembly would play a vibrant role in order to legislate for the welfare of the masses of the Province.  He said that mitigation of the sufferings of the people of Baluchistan was the top priority of the present democratic set up and substantial fund has been allocated for development and prosperity in the province. He stressed the need for closer liaison between the parliamentary institutions for strengthening democratic process in the country.  He assured all out support of National Assembly Secretariat and PIPS in the fields of research, legislations and training for capacity building of members and staff of Baluchistan Assembly.

The Speaker Baluchistan Assembly thanked the Speaker National Assembly for his kind remarks and agreed with the Speaker for closer cooperation between the legislatures of the country. She appreciated the steps taken by the Government for the development and peace in Baluchistan.  She congratulated the Speaker on establishment of a dedicated Secretariat in the Parliament House for achieving SDGs and the Solar Power Project initiative that enabled Pakistan Parliament as a first Parliament in the world to go green.  She also appreciated the training programs initiated at PIPS for capacity building of members and staff of the democratic institutions and expressed the hope that these trainings would be helpful for better legislation and strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Chairs Meeting Of The Na Finance Committee - April 14, 2016

Islamabad; April 14, 2016: The Finance Committee of the National Assembly met under the chairmanship of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House, today.

The Committee approved the proposed budget of the National Assembly Secretariat for the fiscal year 2016-17 amounting to Rs.3,468 million. The Committee was informed that there was no variation between the revised estimates and sanctioned budget for the year 2015-2016.

The committee appreciated the prudent leadership of the Speaker for initiating austerity measures in the National Assembly Secretariat. The Committee approved the up gradation of the Telephone Attendants and continuation of temporary posts in the National Assembly Secretariat. The Committee also approved the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th March, 2016.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Ch. Armaghan Subhani, Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas, Malik Ihtbar Khan, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mian Abdul Manan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Nasir Khan, Secretary National Assembly Secretariat, Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat, Additional Secretary M/o Finance and other senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Speaker Chairs BoG meeting of PIPS - April 13, 2016

A meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) chaired by Speaker National Assembly/ President PIPS Board of Governors was held on 13th April, 2016 in PIPS, Islamabad.

The Executive Director presented the budget estimates for the financial year 2016-17 and revised budget estimates for financial year 2015-16 amounting to Rs. 210.960 million and Rs. 178.237 million. The Board provisionally approved the budget estimates for FY 2016-17 and revised budget estimates for FY 2015-16. The Executive Director informed the Board that PIPS Satellite offices have been opened at the provincial assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and Auditor General Pakistan has completed financial audit for the years 2013-14 and 2014-25. Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA informed the Board of PIPS HR Review Sub-Committee report.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law & Justice, Senator Rubina Khalid, Dr. Meher Taj Roghani, Deputy Speaker Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; MNAs Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Secretary Senate, Secretary National Assembly and Acting Executive Director, PIPS. The Board will meet on May 10, 2016 for interviews of shortlisted candidates and appoitment of Executive Director, PIPS.


NA Speaker Stresses The Need For Enduring Partnership Between Pakistan And Turkey - April 12, 2016

Islamabad, 12 April, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Turkey are committed to an enduring partnership in the face of regional challenges. He highlighted that Turkey shines prominently in Pakistan’s strategic calculations. He further added that a robust partnership is inevitable given the shared perspectives on democracy, geopolitics, development and trade.  He was speaking H.E. Mr İsmail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday. The Convener Pak-Turk Friendship Group Muhammad Pervaiz Malik and Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan were also present during the Call on.

The Speaker National Assembly strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks in Ankara and Istanbul and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He added that the people of Pakistan, being the victims of terrorism, share the pain of Turkish families who lost their loved ones in recent terror attacks in Turkey.  Ayaz Sadiq outlined that the entire Islamic world is facing a wave of violence, extremism armed conflict and displacement and urged for a renewed cooperation in fight against terrorism and extremism.  He outlined that Pakistan’s present government was committed to root out this menace from the country under National Action Plan and better civil military coordination. He highlighted that Pakistan’s fight against terrorism will continue till extermination of last terrorist. He said that National Assembly strongly desires to enhance parliamentary relations between both the countries.

Appreciating the Turkish advances in strengthening democracy, the Speaker highlighted that Turkish democracy has emerged as a vibrant and modern democratic model for Islamic countries which has established a harmonious balance between the institutions. He urged for cooperation in exchange of information regarding best Parliamentary practices and added that regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations is inevitable for forging stronger partnership. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for diversification and strengthening of trade relations with Turkey. He further remarked that both the countries need to deepen people to people contacts for effective bilateral engagement. He stressed on need for taking bilateral trade to new heights and added that Turkey is highly valued destination in Pakistan’s regional outreach. The Speaker also informed his Turkish Counterpart regarding the Pakistan’s commitment towards attaining sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with establishment of a dedicated Secretariat in the Parliament House for SDGs and the Solar Power Project initiative that enabled Pakistan Parliament as a first Parliament in the world to go green.

The Speaker said that Pakistan was a peace loving country and wanted friendly relations with all its neighbours and resolve all contentious issues through dialogue.  Talking about Kashmir dispute the Speaker said that resolution of Kashmir Issue was imperative for peace in the region.  He stressed the need for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute according to United Nations Resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir.  He appreciated Turkish support at regional and international forums in this regard.

The Turkish Speaker Mr. İsmail highly appreciated Pakistan’s hospitality and expressed solidarity with the terrorism affected people in Lahore, Peshawar, Charsadda and Mardan. He outlined that Turkey acknowledges and appreciates Pakistan’s contribution in the fight for global peace and added that Pakistan has paid a heavy price for global peace and security.  He also endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for concrete partnership in the fight against terrorism.    He reinforced Turkey’s resolve to diversify and cement trade relations with Pakistan and added that Turkey is committed to embark on joint initiatives for strengthening democracy, enhanced cooperation in defense, agriculture and tourism. He agreed that Parliamentary Friendship Groups could play a vital role in enhancing bilateral relations.


NA Speaker Receives Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly at Nur Khan Airbase today - April 11, 2016

Islamabad April 11, 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq received Turkish Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly at Nur Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi this evening. He was accompanied by Convener Pak-Turk Friendship Group Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik MNA and Senior Officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.

Talking to the distinguished guest, the Speaker said that it was indeed a matter of immense pleasure to receive his Turkish brothers. He said that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy close fraternal relations and close and frequent contacts at the highest level have been the hallmark of these relations. He was convinced that the parliamentary contacts would bring both the brotherly countries more closer. He wished him a pleasant stay in Islamabad.

Reciprocating, Mr. Ismail Kahraman Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly said that he was touched by the arousing welcome accorded to him upon his arrival in Pakistan. He said that Turkey considers Pakistan as its brother and desires to further solidify the fraternal bonds. He agreed that parliamentary interaction between both the countries was a way forward in this regard.


Supremacy of Constitution Our Ultimate Destination: NA Speaker - April 9, 2016

Islamabad, April 9, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that supremacy of Constitution was our ultimate destination that guaranteed democracy, fundamental rights and security for each and every citizen of the State. He said that the sanctity of this sacred document was immense which must be upheld at any cost. He expressed these views on the eve of “Constitution Day” being celebrated on April 10, 2016 across the country.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted the historical significance of the day and said that 43 years ago the chosen representatives of the first democratically elected legislature of the country - united by common purpose and an unwavering resolve  – unanimously passed the Constitution of the country as a guiding principle to our journey towards a democratic, peaceful and prosperous country. He lamented that periodic interventions by undemocratic forces by holding the Constitution in abeyance set back the dream of a strong federation and democratic culture. Such misadventures were proved detrimental to state of security, human rights and development of the country, he added.

Remembering the sacrifices rendered by the political forces of the country to ensure supremacy of the Constitution, Speaker National Assembly said that the democratic forces with unrelenting resolve had faced enormous challenges while confronting the tyrannical regimes to strive for reinstating Constitution and restoring democracy in the country. He paid rich tribute to those unsung heroes who ceased to exist in the history but made every effort to defend the sanctity of the Constitution by facing torture, imprisonment and even execution enforced by the autocratic regimes.

Speaker National Assembly said that by virtue of such struggles, the elected representatives successfully restored the Constitution of 1973 in its true spirit by adopting historic 18th Constitutional Amendment with collective wisdom of all the political forces in the same month after 37 years. He said that it was now upon the current political leadership to ensure the implementation of the Constitution in its essence by guarding the fundamental rights of everyone by delegating the powers to federating units.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that this historic day provided us an opportunity to reiterate our pledge to protect, preserve and defend each and every word of this sacred document that united as a nation to live together with liberty, social justice and equality.


Speaker & Deputy Speaker NA Express Grief and Sorrow Over Loss of Precious Lives in Recent Heavy Rainfalls - April 6, 2016


No Parallel of Pak-China Relations: Speaker NA - April 5, 2016

Islamabad, April 5th, 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pak-China relations have no parallel in international relations. Based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interest, Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time, he added. He was speaking to member of the Central Committee Political Bureau of Communist Party of China (CPC) and Party Secretary of CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Mr. Zhang Chunxian who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday. Ambassador of China in Pakistan Mr. Sun Weidong was also present.

The Speaker reiterated that the historic Pak-China relations have entered a new phase of unprecedented cooperation. He termed this alliance of two friends as highly imperative for responding to regional and global challenges. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Pakistan confidently counts on its ‘time-tested’ friend China at various multilateral forums and added that the two friends have shared perspective on regional issues.

Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Speaker remarked that the joint initiative heralds a new age of prosperity for Pakistan as well as the entire region. On behalf of members of Pakistan’s Parliament, he thanked the Chinese government for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to be completely powered by Solar Energy. He outlined that Pakistan and China have embarked upon joint initiatives to restrain Pakistan’s energy crisis.

Mr. Zhang Chunxian asserted that Pakistan has an unrivalled importance in China’s strategic calculations and added that the leadership of both countries have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He reiterated that a vibrant Pak-China cooperation is central for tackling challenges in the region and beyond.

Mr. Zhang Chunxian highlighted that China is highly committed to assist Pakistan in genuine economic development. He remarked that China will continue to assist Pakistan in technology, infrastructure development and exploration of renewable energy resources. Expressing his confidence in Pak-China relations, he reiterated that Pak-China relations will always stand the test of time.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Son of Superintendent of NA Secretariat - April 4, 2016

Islamabad: April 04, 2016:  The Speaker, National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the death of son of Superintendent National Assembly Secretariat, Shahzad Razaq.

In their separate condolence messages to Shahzad Razaq , the Speaker and Deputy Speaker  expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of his son.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Express Grief Over the Loss of Lives Due to Flood and Heavy Rains in KPK - April 3, 2016

Islamabad April 3, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives and property in Shangla, Swat, Malakand, Mansehra, Upper Dir, Charsadda and different parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to heavy rains and floods.
 
In their statement, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt sympathies with the families effected by flood and said that whole nation would stand by them at this juncture of distress and agony. They called upon federal and provincial governments to take all possible measures to rescue the trapped people in floodwater.

They asked the philanthropist and volunteers to extend maximum assistance to affected people and support the government agencies in rescue activities. They also asked people living along the river banks and low-lying areas to shift to safer places. They prayed to Almighty Allah for the eternal peace of deceased and grant of patience and fortitude to the bereaved families.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate the newly Elected Office Bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) - April 1, 2016

Islamabad:   April, 01, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

In their separate messages to the newly elected President of APNS Mr Sarmad Ali,  Senior Vice President, Ms. Rameeza Majid Nizami, Vice President, Mr. Mumtaz Tahir,  Secretary General, Mr. Umar Mujib Shami, Joint Secretary Mr. Ehsan Munir Jillani and  Finance Secretary, Syed Ali Hassan Naqvi,.  The Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of journalist’s fraternity.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country and hope that under the newly elected leadership the APNS will continue to make great strides towards a tolerant and plural press. They were confident that relations between the Government and Press will be further consolidated under their sagacious leadership and the problems being faced by the Members Publications will be resolved.


Parliamentary Exchanges To Further Strengthen Bond Between Pakistan And Romania: Says NA Speaker - March 29, 2016

Islamabad: March 29, 2016; Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq held a meeting with his Romanian Counterpart Mr. Valeriu Zgonea at Parliament House, according to a message received from Bucharest, Rumania.

On the invitation of Mr. Valeriu Zgonea, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called his visit to Romania as part of Pakistan’s outreach to build broad-based, substantive and long-term relations with Romanian legislature. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is the first Pakistani Speaker National Assembly to visit Romania and he stated the visit is being undertaken to initiate a new era of vibrant Pak-Romania relations.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan share the grief of European citizens who lost their lives in recent wave of terror attacks in France and Belgium. He termed terrorism, a threat to the global peace and called for coordinated efforts to eradicate terrorism.

The Speaker strongly underlined the need for expansion and diversification of Parliamentary and commercial relations. He invited the Romanian investors to take advantage of huge investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq invited Romanian Speaker Mr. Valeriu Zgonea to Pakistan and underlined the need for frequent bilateral exchange of Parliamentary delegations for further strengthening Pak-Romania relations. He added that relation with Romania is a stepping stone for Pakistan’s broader outreach to European Union.

Condemning recent suicide attack in Lahore, Romanian Speaker Mr.Valeriu Zgonea remarked: “We are with Pakistanis; cruelty against innocent citizens mustn’t go unpunished”. He added that Romania acknowledges Pakistan’s contribution in global efforts for eradication of terror.

Reiterating commitment to enriching bilateral relations, Mr. Valeriu Zgonea added that Romania also values its relations with Pakistan and wants to strengthen them through cooperation in diverse sectors. He urged for greater partnership between Pakistan and Romania for cementing regional stability and tackling global challenges.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Extend Warm Felicitations to the Christian on the Eve of Easter - March 27, 2016

Islamabad: March 27, 2016; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has extended warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Easter.

The Speaker said that Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. He inculcated spiritual values among his followers to work for the Divine pleasure. His eternal message of love for humanity and for members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in today’s world. He said that in the day of turbulence in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.

He reiterated that the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities in Pakistan will be fully safeguarded by the government according to the Constitution of Pakistan and guiding principles of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. 

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also extended his appreciation to the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country. Their unmatched contribution in the process of nation building, especially in the field of health and education was a glowing chapter of our national history, he added.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings to his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Easter.

 


Na Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Suicide Attack at Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore - March 27, 2016

Islamabad: March 27, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have strongly condemned the suicide attack at Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Mushtaq Ahmed Kaifi - March 24, 2016

Islamabad; March 24, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Director News Radio Pakistan, Mushtaq Ahmed Kaifi. 

In their separate condolence messages the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of  Mushtaq Ahmed Kaifi. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Greet Hindu Parliamentarians and Hindu Community on Holi - March 23, 2016

Islamabad March 23, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has greeted Hindu Parliamentarians and the Hindu community on Holi being celebrated today i.e. 23 March.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that he was delighted to send his warmest greetings to Hindu Parliamentarians and everyone in Hindu community on the occasion of Holi. In his message, the Speaker also recognized the huge contributions made by Pakistani Hindu community to the prosperity of the country. He said that their involvement in every sphere of our national life was extremely commendable.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly also conveyed his sincere and warm greetings on Holi to his fellow Hindu Members of the National Assembly. He also appreciated their contribution in national development, fostering national unity and cohesion.


Spirit Of National Unity Can Usher Us To A New Era Of Prosperity And Development: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - March 22, 2016

Islamabad, March 22 2016: The Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has said that ‘Pakistan Day’ reminds us the dream of Allama Iqbal, the consistent efforts and hard work of Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Muslims of Sub-Continent that strengthened the struggle in search of a separate homeland to live with dignity, peace and follow their own beliefs. He was expressing his views on the eve of Pakistan Day that is celebrated on March 23.

The Speaker highlighted that Lahore resolution paved the way for creation of an independent Muslim state that came into being as a result of massive struggle and sacrifices that resulted in creation of independent country for the Muslims of the Sub-Continent.

The ‘Pakistan Day’ is celebrated to pay a tribute to untiring efforts made by Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and sacrifices rendered by our forefathers, remarked by the Speaker. Talking about the present generation the Speaker added that ‘Onus is on your shoulders and it is your utmost responsibility to take this nation to the edge of pride.’

Comprehending the essence of independence the Speaker remarked that great nations never forget its history and now it is the time to contribute on our part with full determination to compete with the present challenges and lead our nation towards social and economic stability. This day reminds us that we have a collective and individual responsibility to uplift our country and shine as a nation with glory and prosperity, added by the Speaker.

Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the promoting tolerance and humanism will deepen our values for all segments of society including minorities. Alluding to Quaid vision for an inclusive democracy he appreciated the contributions of minorities for the development of Pakistan. He stressed on the need for equal development of all segments of Pakistan society.  

The Speaker underlined that it is incumbent upon us to enrich the spirit of national unity and follow the Quaid’s guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline that will capitalize our strengths and usher us in a new era of economic and social development.
 


Na Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Eminent Writer, Poet And Critic Dr. Anwar Sadeed - March 21, 2016

Islamabad: March 21, 2016:   Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the death of   eminent writer, poet and critic Dr. Anwar Sadeed.

In their separate condolence messages to bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tribute the services of Dr. Anwar Sadeed in field of Urdu literature and   expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise.   They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker Applauds KSA’s Role In Promoting Regional Peace And Stability - March 21, 2016

Islamabad: March 21, 2016: Pakistan values high its relations with Saudi Arabia and both the countries are tied in the eternal bonds of religion, history and culture. These views were expressed by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly, while talking to Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who called on him in Parliament House, today.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the menace of extremism and terrorism had adversely affected the region’s progress. Region’s peace and progress needed collective efforts and Saudi Arabia had always played pragmatic role in promoting stability and development of the region, the Speaker added.

The Speaker underlined the need for greater exchange of parliamentary delegations of both the countries for strengthening relations and establishing people to people contacts.

The Saudi Ambassador Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani said that his government wanted Pakistan to prosper and develop. He stressed the need for spreading the true message of Islam for curbing extremism and terrorism.
He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further strengthen by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries.


Careful Use Of Water Resources Critical For Survival - March 21, 2016

Islamabad March 21, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that pure water was central to both the well-being of the people and the planet at large. He said that careful use of water resources was critical for saving this precious element that guarantees life. He expressed these views in his statement issued for World Water Day being commemorated worldwide on March 22 under the auspicious of United Nations.

Endorsing 2016’s theme for World Water Day; “Water and Jobs” the Speaker added that there was a dire need to focus on providing those who work in the water-related sectors with adequate and pure water for that was central to their survival. “World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation certainly give us the opportunity to reflect on promoting increased cooperation at all levels for the management and use of water resources as a way to achieve sustainable development”, Speaker added.

Stating water as the core of sustainable development, the Speaker highlighted the need for international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. The Speaker further stated that in order to protect and carefully manage this fragile and finite resource, countries must cooperate together at regional and international level as multiple actors to make every possible effort involving the management of water and its use.

Referring to the changing consumption patterns and rapid depletion of water resources across the world, the Speaker said that we needed to save water not only for future generations but also for wild life and other inhabitants of our ecosystem. The Speaker urged the states to promote modern techniques of water conservation, recycling and irrigation systems like sprinkle and drip irrigation for the sustainable use of water as well as the optimal productivity in agriculture.


Ambassador of Argentine calls on Speaker NA - March 18, 2016

Islamabad; March 18th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for expanding trade and economic relations for sustained engagement with Argentine. He was speaking to Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin-Saravia, outgoing Ambassador of Argentine to Pakistan who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Friday.



The Speaker asserted that Parliamentary engagement and economic cooperation give strength to the warm relations between Pakistan and Argentine. He expressed his confidence in Parliamentarians from both countries to forge better understanding and vibrant people to people contacts. He stressed on the need for strengthening Pak-Argentine Friendship Group for robust bilateral relations.

He complimented the Ambassador for taking the relations between two countries to new heights during his tenure as Ambassador. He was confident that the incoming diplomatic representative of his country would continue to strengthen the relations between both the countries.

The Ambassador of Argentine Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin-Saravia said that Argentine considers Pakistan its closest friend and economic partner. He also endorsed the urgent need for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for greater exchanges of delegations to cement bilateral relations.

He expressed his gratitude to Speaker for his views and said that during his stay in Pakistan, he has found Pakistanis friendly, peace-loving and resilient who have withstood the test of time. He presented his book “Bonds friendship between Argentine and Pakistan” to the Speaker.


Speaker NA urges people to particiapte in Earth Hour - March 18, 2016

Islamabad, March 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the world was experiencing diverse impacts of climate change more than ever and it was important to empower people to become part of climate change initiatives. He said this in his message on the occasion of ‘Earth Hour’ being commemorated all over the world on 19 March, 2016.

The Speaker remarked that in pursuant of reducing emissions, the parliament of Pakistan became the first ever parliament completely powered by solar energy. He added that under the ‘Net-Metering License’ the parliament will contribute surplus electricity to the national grid.

The Speaker highlighted that numerous environment friendly initiatives at Parliament house were in the pipeline. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq asserted that Pakistan’s experience should be emulated by the global community to address genuine climate concerns.

“People are on the frontlines of climate change, the earth hour reminds us that individual and global community actions can prove to be a milestone to transform the climate challenges and protect the generations to come”, added by the Speaker.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s Vision 2025 considered Climate Change as one of the top national priorities and provided a sound basis to integrate climate change budgeting into national development planning.

Endorsing Earth Hour, the Speaker highlighted that today individuals around the world and most iconic landmarks on the earth will switch off their lights to show their commitment and solidarity with climate protection.


Ukraine’s Ambassador Calls On Speaker NA - March 17, 2016

Islamabad, March 17, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that relation with Ukraine form an important pillar in Pakistan’s outreach to the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia as part of its endeavors for forging stronger connectivity and deeper cooperation. He was speaking to ambassador of Ukraine, Mr.VolodymyrLakomovwho called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker outlined that Pakistan aspires sustained Parliamentary engagement with Ukraine for fostering robust and comprehensive bilateral relations. He remarked that extensive cooperation in defense equipments and trade forms the bedrock of Pakistan-Ukraine relations. He said that cooperation in energy, textile, and agriculture, technological and cultural exchanges offers immense scope for expanding the existing ties.

The Speaker reiterated his commitment for cementing Pakistan-Ukraine Friendship Group in the National Assembly and urged the Ambassador to reciprocate Pakistan’s endeavors in the Parliament of Ukraine. He added that stronger and pro-active inter-Parliamentary Friendship Groups may play a significant role in fostering exchange of information on addressing regional and global issues.

Ambassador of Ukraine, Mr.Volodymyr Lakomov reinforced Ukraine’s commitment for cementing and expanding bilateral relations with Pakistan and added that a number of Ukrainian companies are interested in building power plants, pipelines, bridges and railways in Pakistan.

He endorsed Speaker’s remarks for strengthening Parliamentary Friendship Groups. He underlined the need for cooperation in promoting sustained cooperation in civilian and defense sector, promoting political dialogue and exchange of best Parliamentary practices.


Ambassador Of Norway Calls On NA Speaker - March 16, 2016

Islamabad March 16, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan considers Norway as its trusted friend and an economic partner and wants to further strengthen its existing bilateral relations. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was speaking to Mr. Tore Nedrebo, Ambassador of Norway to Pakistan who called on him in Parliament House.

The Speaker said that Pakistan appreciates Norway's unwavering support in the hour of need. He said that economic cooperation between both the countries has witnessed increase, however it needs to be further enhanced. He stressed for Norwegian support in Hydro-Power sector in order to overcome the energy crises in Pakistan.

 He urged that regular interaction between political hierarchy, people and parliaments of both the countries would further cement those ties. The Speaker emphasized the need for enhancing cooperation and interaction between the parliaments and parliamentarians of both the countries for exchange of views and experiences. He said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its existing cordial relations with Norway which has always been supportive of Pakistan.

Mr. Tore Nedrebo, the Norwegian Ambassador reiterated his country’s desire to further cement existing ties through people-to-people contacts, parliament to parliament and cooperation in social and economic sectors. He said that Pakistani Diaspora in Norway have rendered great services for an inclusive and prosperous Norwegian democracy.

Mr. Tore Nedrebo acknowledged Pakistan’s endeavors and sacrifices in the war on terror and applauded Pakistan’s role in addressing terrorism in the wider interest of global peace. He remarked that in recent years Pakistan has made great strides towards a broad-based democracy and its economy is witnessing greater progress

 He highlighted that there is immense scope for widening economic cooperation, bilateral trade and cultural exchanges. He assured the Speaker National Assembly of Norway’s cooperation at various international forums.


NA Speaker Meets President of Turkmenistan - March 16, 2016


Pakistan and Tajikistan Entering Into a New Era of Unparalleled Cooperation: Speaker NA - March 15, 2016

ISLAMABAD March 15th, 2016:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Tajikistan have entered a new era of unparalleled cooperation. Referring to the robust historical relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan, he highlighted that Pakistan attaches paramount importance to its cultural and economic ties with Republic of Tajikistan. He was speaking to Tajikistan Parliamentary delegation led by his counterpart Mr. Shukurjon Zuhurov who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Speaker outlined that Pakistan-Tajikistan relations derive its strength from geopolitical realities, economic interests and cultural affinities. He remarked that cooperation between the two friendly countries is highly imperative for tackling regional security and economic challenges. Appreciating the ‘Open-door Policy’ adopted by Republic of Tajikistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that prospects of trade cooperation between Pakistan and Tajikistan have grown manifolds. He added that ‘The Joint Economic Commission’ between both the countries has laid grounds for new epoch of advancement in the field of commercial, economic, science and technical cooperation. The Speaker outlined that Tajikistan’s energy potential may greatly assist in restraining Pakistan’s power shortages and reciprocally Pakistani sea ports as well as  expertise in agriculture sector, food processing and textiles will potentially benefit Tajikistan.

Ayaz Sadiq added that Pakistan-Tajikistan cooperation with other regional countries is central to international endeavors for a peaceful Afghanistan. Referring to the recent Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement (PATTTTA), the Speaker remarked that this initiative will open new doors of cooperation between the three countries. The Speaker added that Pakistan is committed to deepen cooperation with Tajikistan on various bilateral and multilateral forums including Economic Cooperation Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The Speaker underlined the need for facilitating Central Asia and South Asia (CASA) electricity transmission projects. He further emphasized that Parliamentary diplomacy between Tajikistan and Pakistan should be given a new fillip through regular exchanges of delegations and diversification of bilateral relations. The Speaker also informed the dignitary regarding Pakistan’s commitment towards attaining sustainable goals with establishment of a dedicated secretariat in Parliament House for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Solar power project initiative that enabled Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to go green.

Mr Shukurjon Zuhurov congratulated the Speaker for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to go green. He added that Tajikistan is determined to foster robust ties with Pakistan through bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Endorsing Ayaz Sadiq’s emphasis on bilateral cooperation for tackling regional challenges, Zuhurov remarked that both the countries have great responsibility in addressing regional challenges. He also reiterated his commitment for expansion and diversification of trade and economic relations.

Mr. Zuhurov remarked that Tajikistan aspires to foster stronger inter-Parliamentary cooperation with Pakistan. He stressed on the need for facilitating people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges as part of Pakistan-Tajikistan friendship initiatives. Later on Mr. Zuhurov visited the Green Parliament Solar Power Project and signed the visitor’s book along with his comments.


Parliamentary and Economic Cooperation to Strengthen Relations Between Pakistan and Spain: Says NA Speaker - March 10, 2016


French Ambassador Calls On NA Speaker - March 9, 2016

Islamabad, March 9th, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan-France partnership is highly imperative for fight against terrorism and extremism and improving governance. He outlined Pakistan’s commitment for fostering an enduring partnership and the value Pakistan attaches to its relations with France. He was speaking to French Ambassador to Pakistan Mrs. Martine Dorance who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Speaker informed that Pakistan’s Parliament is first in the world to establish a dedicated secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals and also the first ever Parliament to be completely powered by Solar energy. He apprised the Ambassador regarding the Pakistan-France Friendship group established in National Assembly of Pakistan and urged for stronger inter-Parliamentary relations and regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations. The Speaker urged for stronger Pak-French partnership for fostering an inclusive and robust democracy in Pakistan.

The Speaker outlined that Pakistan is the France’s second largest trading partner in South Asia and Pakistan-France relation derives its strength from people-to-people contacts. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged for expansion and diversification of trade relations and strengthening of “Pakistan-France Business Alliance”. He expressed gratitude on behalf of Pakistani public for France’s generous assistance to Pakistan. The Speaker urged for more robust cooperation in scientific research, energy, environment, education, livestock and governance.

The French Ambassador Mrs. Martine Dorance highly appreciated solarization of Pakistan’s parliament building and establishment of SDG secretariat at National Assembly of Pakistan. She added that Pakistan’s advances and contribution in global war on terror deserves candid appreciation and assured the Speaker that France will continue to support for this collective cause.

Mrs Dorance expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s progress in strengthening democracy and human rights in Pakistan and reinforced commitment of France for partnering with Pakistan in enhancing capacity of civilian institutions. She also endorsed expansion of cooperation in energy, education, environment and agriculture. She added that France-Pakistan cooperation is highly crucial for tackling evolving challenges in the region and beyond.
 


“Energy Experts Vowed to Emulate Green Initiatives at Parliament” - March 8, 2016

Islamabad 8 March 2016: In quest for emulating solarization of Pakistan’s Parliament building, energy experts from public and private sectors have started visiting the “Savior of Energy  Scarcity” – The Solar Power Plant of Parliament House. Since inauguration on 23rd February 2016, the Solar Power Panels Site has attracted immense attention from energy experts and environmentalists across the country.

The delegates were informed that under the leadership of Honorable Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the project was completed in a shortest span of time with Chinese assistance. The delegates also received comprehensive briefing regarding installation of revolutionary “Net-Metering” license which has enabled Pakistan’s Parliament to feed excess electricity into the national grid.

The installation of solar power plant in aesthetically designed Parking of the Parliament’s building is being highly appreciated by energy experts, environmentalists and authorities of different government organizations.The delegates expressed deep admiration for vision of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who steered the idea of powering Parliament’s building by solar energy and added that both public and private sectors should emulate Parliament’s initiative in producing energy from alternate renewable energy resources.

Being the first Parliament in the World to go green, Parliament of Pakistan has drastically reduced its carbon footprints and established a fully Green Legislature to have all its electricity needs met by solar power.
 


Speaker Ayaz Sadiq reiterated for entertaining Gender Equality on the ‘International Women Day’ - March 7, 2016

Islamabad, March 07, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that equal development and inclusive democracy is not possible without ensuring gender equality. He outlined that the International Women day is commemorated across the globe to remind us our commitments for the advancement of women in every walk of life. He made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of celebrating the ‘International Women day’.

 Endorsing 2016’s theme for International Women Day; “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, the Speaker highlighted that women constitute half of the population of the world and gender equality in all spheres of life is an absolute necessity. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said “Pakistan has made a remarkable progress in enacting ‘Pro-women legislation’ for ending gender based discrimination” he further added “Women empowerment is also one of the 7 Pillars of ‘Pakistan’s Vision 2025’ Program.

Referring to the Constitutional guarantees for achieving gender equality, he highlighted that Chapter 1 of the Constitution of Pakistan describes the Fundamental Rights of its citizens based on the principle of equality and non-discrimination and further added that article 25, 26 and 27 of Chapter one of the Fundamental Rights, guarantee equality for citizens, non-discrimination in respect of access to public places and safeguard against discrimination in services.

The Speaker added that Pakistan has demonstrated a sincere commitment to international human rights treaties endorsing women rights and gender equality in its society. The country encourages women participation parallel to men in various fields of socio-economic and political sphere. The Speaker remarked that Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in Parliament House is a milestone in strengthening the role of women members of Parliament for an active role in policy making.

“It’s high time we recognized the meaningful role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women by accepting the fact that the constitution of Pakistan promises dignity, freedom and equality to all citizens and forbids discrimination on the basis of gender”, Speaker added.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condemn Bomb Blast at Shabqadar, Charsada - March 7, 2016

Islamabad: March 07, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the suicide attack out side the Session Court, Shabqar, Charsada and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the country. They said that such shameful acts cannot deter the firm resolve of the Government against terrorism.  They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured.


Pak-Us Cooperation Is Inevitable For Peaceful And Prosperous South Asia: Speaker NA - February 25, 2016

Islamabad, February 25, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that a comprehensive Pak-US cooperation was inevitable for peaceful and prosperous South Asia. He outlined that Pakistan was committed to an enduring partnership with US for regional stability, improved governance and fight against terrorism and extremism. He was speaking to US Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. David M. Hale who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan-US alliance was not confined within the parameters of War against Terrorism rather it was a broad based comprehensive engagement in diverse fields as the convergence of strategic interests had necessitated deeper cooperation and strong partnership. He said that stronger inter-Parliamentary relations, people to people contact and US assistance for strengthening legislative capacity of Pakistan’s Parliament were crucial for fostering an inclusive and robust democracy in Pakistan.  The Speaker highly appreciated US assistance to Pakistan’s civilian institutions for enhancing governance in Pakistan and urged for greater cooperation in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and education.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq informed the Ambassador that Parliament of Pakistan was first in the world to establish a dedicated secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals and also the first ever Parliament to be completely powered by Solar energy.

Referring to Pakistan’s services in War on Terror, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that Pakistan’s struggle in this war was motivated for global peace and security. He informed that last phase of operation Zarb-e-Azb had been launched to defeat, destroy, degrade and dismantle militants’ network in Pakistan.

American Ambassador Mr David M. Hale appreciated industriousness and vitality of Pakistani public and added that US was committed to engage with Pakistan to harness its potential to create a brighter economic future for the people of Pakistan. He added that resilient U.S.-Pakistan partnership was vital to regional and global security and reaffirmed US commitment to address evolving challenges in South Asia and beyond. He applauded the role played by Pakistan in war against terrorism and extremism. He said that Pakistan was not alone in fighting against this strange and unprecedented enemy and US shared Pakistan’s concerns and interests in this regard.

He reinforced commitment of US for strengthening democratic governance in Pakistan and added that US would continue to partner with Pakistan in enhancing capacity of civilian institutions, parliamentarians and the parliamentary support staff in order to improve parliamentary oversight. He also endorsed strengthening inter-Parliamentary relations and people to people contact between the two countries.


Mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation Calls on NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker - February 24, 2016

Islamabad:  February 24, 2016:    Mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation called on the Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly separately at Parliament House today.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq congratulated Shiekh Ansar Aziz on his election as Mayor of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation. He said that his election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Party leadership and elected representatives of the Corporation. He said that Metropolitan Corporation could play a significant role in resolving the civic issues confronted by citizen of Islamabad.   He expressed his confidence that under sagacious leadership of Sheikh Ansar Aziz the Capital territory will become a model city for the rest of the country. He assured his all out support to the chosen representatives of the civic body.

The Deputy Speaker in his meeting with the Mayor also congratulated him on his election. He expressed the hope that Mr. Sheikh Ansar Aziz would come up to the expectations of the citizen of Islamabad. He said that it was the first ever local body elections held in the capital territory and it would require a lot of handwork to initiate the metropolitan operations from the beginning. He added that the rural areas surrounding the city needed special attention for development. He urged the newly elected mayor to provide facilitations and ensure proper registration of people relocating from different parts of the country. He extended his best wishes to the newly elected representatives and leadership of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation.

The newly elected Mayor thanked the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker for expressing their confidence and assured them that he would make all possible efforts to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted by people of Islamabad and to address the difficulties faced by them. He said that governing the capital would be a difficult task but he and his team would take every measure to address those challenges under the guidance of the visionary leadership of PML-N.


Ambassadors of Iran and Uzbekistan called on Speaker NA - February 23, 2016

Islamabad: February 23rd, 2016: Ambassadors of Iran and Uzbekistan called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, Islamabad, today. Wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and their respective countries came under discussion.

Talking to the Ambassador of Iran Mr. Mehdi Honardoost, the Speaker said that stronger Pak-Iran relation was inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He highlighted that lifting of sanctions would pave a way for revival of economic and commercial relationship between Pakistan and Iran. He added that Iran and Pakistan were intertwined by stronge multi-dimensional relations. Appreciating Iran’s geo-political significance, he remarked that Iran’s role was central to unifying the Muslim world and underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to promote further cooperation amongst the Muslim countries.

 



He highly appreciated Iran’s role in recently held conference of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) in Baghdad.  He highlighted that Iran’s cooperation in energy sector was crucial to easing Pakistan’s energy crisis and further urged for diversification and expansion of trade relations.

Iranian Ambassador Mr. Mehdi Honardoost thanked Pakistan’s national leadership for lifting sanctions on Iran. He highlighted that this step would unleash a new era of mutual cooperation in trade and commerce between Iran and Pakistan. He assured the Speaker National Assembly that Iran was committed to assist Pakistan in resolving its energy crisis and further added that Iran attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He also appreciated Pakistan’s recent shuttle diplomacy between Tehran and Riyadh and added that Pakistan’s earnest endeavors for unification of the Islamic world deserved candid appreciation.

While talking to the Ambassador of Uzbekistan Mr. Furkat Sidikov, the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan had long cherished cordial bilateral relations in promoting all round cooperation in different areas including trade, commerce and culture. Referring to historic, cultural and commercial ties, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan and Uzbekistan were natural partners in promoting regional prosperity and stability.

 



 

Uzbekistan Ambassador Mr. Furkat Sidikov endorsed views of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and added that Uzbekistan was committed to strengthen Parliamentary relations with Pakistan. He also urged the need for diversification of trade and commercial relations.


Pakistan and Afghanistan to play important role in improving Economy and Security of the Region: Says NA Speaker - February 23, 2016

Islamabad; February 23, 2016: ‘Pakistan and Afghanistan can play an important role in improving economy and security of their region and their strong bilateral relations can serve as role model for other countries to follow’. This was stated by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while welcoming Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga of Afghanistan Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi at Parliament House on Tuesday who was visiting Pakistan along with a parliamentary delegation.



 

While talking to his Afghani counterpart, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged for stronger Pak-Afghan inter-Parliamentary engagements cemented by frequent exchange of delegations. Referring to Pak-Afghan ties, he highlighted that Pak-Afghan relations was deep rooted in stronger people-to-people contact, cultural affinities and shared interests. ‘Pakistan is the largest stakeholder in a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan and added that the future of both countries is linked’, he added. Stating to the value Pakistan attaches to its relations with Afghanistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq termed Afghanistan as the heart of Asia.

The Speaker stressed the need for cooperation in furthering an inclusive democracy in the region. He assured his Afghan counterpart that Pakistan will assist Afghanistan in capacity building of the Members and Staff of Afghan Wolesi Jirga, sharing best Parliamentary practices, legislative drafting and research. He also added that Pakistan was committed to dignified repatriation of the Afghan refugees and willing to provide all kinds of assistance in post American withdrawal Afghanistan. He expressed confidence in resilience of the Afghan and Pakistani public that they will overcome joint challenges and will strengthen existing economic and cultural relations.

The Speaker of Afghan Wolesi Jirga Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi stressed the need for stronger inter-Parliamentary relations for an inclusive democracy in Afghanistan. Mr. Ibrahimi highly appreciated Pakistan’s gesture of supporting the Afghan Parliament in capacity building of its staff and members. He added that relations with Pakistan were of paramount importance in Afghan foreign policy and expressed his hope that people on both sides of Pak-Afghan border share their future in a peaceful and prosperous region.

Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi remarked that Afghan population was highly indebted to Pakistan for providing shelter and economic opportunities to Afghan refugees for more than 37 years. In quest of achieving shared prosperity, he underlined the need for further expansion of Pak-Afghan relations

Convener Pak Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Member National Assembly Sajid Hussain Turi were also present in the meeting.


NA Speaker Calls For Eu Support For Socio-Economic Development In Pakistan - February 22, 2016

Islamabad, February 22, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with European Union which are deep rooted in bonds of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding on various issues. He was speaking to the Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday.

The Speaker appreciated EU support for the strengthening of democratic process and institutions in Pakistan. He said that political leadership of Pakistan envisioned a long term strategic partnership with EU with special emphasis on strengthening of economic and trade partnership, peace and security and parliamentary cooperation.

“We are standing parallel in the row that commits to the pursuit of democracy, economic development, peace globally and in particular in South Asia” the Speaker said. He also mentioned that today many Pakistanis had found a home in Europe and were valued members of their societies; indeed, some of them had become members of their parliaments.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq informed about the National Assembly’s Strategic Plan aiming at capacity building of the members of the Parliament as well as the secretariat staff besides converting the House into e-Parliament with paperless, green and eco-friendly environment.

Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain appreciated the remarks of the Speaker and said that EU would continue its unwavering support to Pakistan for the development of infrastructure, gender equality, education and health.

He also assured the Speaker for assistance to the Parliament through its programmes including strengthening democracy and capacity building of Parliamentarians and secretariat staff.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Senior Journalist and Anchorperson Imran Mir of Neo TV - February 19, 2016

Islamabad: February 19, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the Mother of Senior Journalist and Anchor Person Imran Mir. 

In their separate condolence messages to Imran Mir, Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the Mother of Imran Mir. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


National Parliamentary Meet on Malnutrition Concludes: Ayaz Sadiq presents Recommendations for Wayforward - February 18, 2016

Islamabad, February 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has said that development challenges such as the  ‘fight against malnutrition’  were very complex which asked for an integrated approach of all the stakeholders likewise the Parliament, government, experts from development sector including media and civil society. He said that during the past two years, the Parliamentary Task Force had been working actively to chalk out a national parliamentary development agenda. He expressed these views while addressing the concluding ceremony of two day’s National Parliamentary Meet on Malnutrition (NPMM) organized by National Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which concluded today in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad.

He said that today’s firm resolve and commitment is just the starting points. “This opportunity must lead all of us to collaborate  our efforts and collectively devise a roadmap for upcoming years to confront the development challenges specially child and maternal malnutrition” the Speaker said. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed his hope that the Provincial and Legislative Assemblies would follow the suit and replicate the same within their respective assemblies.

In the concluding speech, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq presented concrete recommendations composed of pragmatic approach for monitoring & evaluation components, as a way forward to curtail the growing challenge of malnutrition among mother and child in Pakistan. The recommendations were compiled after rigorous brain-storming sessions and deliberations followed by group activities in the conference.

Recommendations agreed at the meeting read out by Speaker NA which called for declaration of national emergency on malnutrition. Establishment of an autonomous and empowered National Commission on Malnutrition of ‘Mother and Child’ was also suggested. Lastly, media was directed to dedicate at least 10% of airtime to create awareness regarding this grave concern.

Earlier Convener SDGs Task Force Punjab Ms. Azma Bukhari chaired a session focusing on ‘End poverty everywhere in all its forms’ and came up with recommendations to eradicate poverty by improving the quality of life. Another session led by Convener SDGs Task Force Sindh Ms. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi contemplated on ‘End hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ suggesting long term policy formulation for ensuring food security. It was followed by session on ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ chaired by Convener SDGs Task Force Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Arif Yousaf that discussed compilation of existing legislation on malnutrition in other legislatures.

The last break out session chaired by member National Parliamentary Task Force for SDGs Romina Khursheed reflected on ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ which recommended an increased budget allocation to mother and child health and nutrition. The meet has decided to complete a cycle of malnutrition meets in all provincial and legislative assemblies beginning from first meet scheduled in Lahore after a couple of months.


Pak-Australian Parliamentary Cooperation; Central to Regional Challenges: Speaker NA - February 18, 2016

Islamabad, February 18, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Australia enjoy cordial relations based on common interest and shared perceptions on major international issues. He was speaking to the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms. Margaret Adamson who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan strongly desires to further diversify its existing relations through people-to-people contacts and parliamentary cooperation between National Assembly and Australian Parliament. He thanked the Australian government for consistent increase in number of scholarships awarded to Pakistani students.

He urged for cooperation in institutional strengthening and democratic governance in Pakistan and added that Pakistan aspires to benefit from Australian Parliamentary practices regarding the training opportunities in legislative drafting and Research, and in committee system specifically the Public Accounts Committee in its exercising oversight functions.

He informed Ms. Margaret Adamson that Pakistan is an exciting market for renewable energy production and processed foods. He remarked that Pakistan offers immense opportunities for Australians in mining, agricultural and livestock expertise.

Ms. Margaret congratulated Speaker NA on successfully launching the first ever Solar Panel Power Project in any Parliament in the world and also congratulated for making the parliament first in the world to establish an exclusive Secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals. She added that apart from official relations, the people of Pakistan and Australia share a passion for sports and stand united under the banner of Commonwealth.

She said that Australia will continue to cooperate with Pakistan in educational uplift, democratic governance and sustainable economic development in the region. She said that Australian government is willing to cooperate with Pakistan in training Parliamentarians and Staff of the Parliament, along with providing assistance in agriculture, mining and livestock sectors. She also mentioned that Australia is committed to increase educational and vocational linkages for Pakistani students.


NA Speaker Stresses For Parliamentary Initiatives To Address Thr Gravity Of Malnutrition - February 17, 2016

Islamabad, 17 February, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stressed the urgency for strong parliamentary initiatives to address the gravity of malnutrition in the country. He said that among other causes, early marriage of malnourished girls was also the reason for the spread of this menace. He expressed these views while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the National Parliamentary meeting on Malnutrition organized by the Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), today.

Highlighting the factors contributing towards malnutrition, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that most of the factors were inter-related and inter-dependent including poverty, food insecurity, illiteracy, poor hygiene and sanitation along with inadequate nutritional knowledge of mother and under-recognized role of nutrition in the country. He stressed upon the need of a multi-pronged strategy on national and provincial level and called for a vigilant role of the National and Provincial SDG task forces in this regard. He said that National Assembly would provide its complete support and would also share its experiences with the provinces to assist in achieving composite Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the imperative of a national policy based on consensus and coherence of all the stake holders to tackle the challenge of malnutrition. He said “by adopting the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we, as the global community, had committed ourselves to a shared vision of inclusive growth and development by ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ “ .He further said that it’s very encouraging to see diverse stakeholders participating in today’s meeting including representatives from Parliament, government machinery, and experts from development sector, civil society and media working together in the right direction.

Appreciating the role of the women parliamentarians, Speaker NA said that female legislators have exhibited firm commitment and dedication towards legislation in social and development sectors. He said that probably women parliamentarians can better understand the issues of mother and child as compared to male counterparts.

State Minister for National Health Services Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, National Convener SDGs Taskforce Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Former Chairperson Special Committee of NA on MDGS Ms. Shehnaz Wazir Ali and President Parwaan Ms. Mehnaz Aziz also spoke at the occasion. While addressing, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb Chairperson of the Parliamentary Task Force elaborated on the agenda of the Conference. However, a large number of the diplomats was also present at the meeting.


NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq inaugurates SDG's Secretariat - February 16, 2016

Islamabad, the 16th February, 2016: The Parliament of Pakistan is all set to create another benchmark with the inauguration of a first of its kind state-of-the art Secretariat on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in any parliament of the world. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Speaker of the National Assembly will inaugurate the Secretariat in an impressive ceremony being held today at the Parliament House.

The inauguration of the secretariat coincides with the holding of a National Parliamentarians meet on Malnutrition in Pakistan, which is being organized by the Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs.

The Conference is being attended by all Speakers of the provincial land legislative assemblies of the country. In addition, more than two hundred delegates, including all Education and Health Ministers of the country, the representatives of provincial departments of Planning and development, leading health practitioners, members of the civil society, media and representatives of the international development community have also been invited.

“This will also be the first conference on the sensitive subject, which has been affecting the lives and prosperity of millions of children and women across Pakistan,” said Marriyum Aurangzeb, the Convener of the Task Force.While elaborating the agenda of the Conference, she informed that this meet was planned to bring all federal and provincial legislators on board to agree on a consensus agenda to address the reasons and determinants of malnutrition in Pakistan. “Globally, Malnutrition is directly responsible forthree lac deaths per year in children younger than five years in developing countries and contributes indirectly to more than half of all deaths in children worldwide. Pakistani women and children suffer from some of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world with a national nutritional stunting prevalence among children under five of 43.7%.[1][2] Pakistan also has the second highest number of severely wasted children next to India. The magnitude of the country’s nutrition problem is reflected by the fact that half of the world’s malnourished women and children, and an estimated 78% of the world’s wasted children live in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Each year, more than 45% children are born with serious problems of stunting due to malnutrition.

The two-day moot will invite case studies from every region of the country and deliberate on mechanisms for effective oversight of the executive in its pursuits to tackle the growing problem.

Later, the parliamentarians will join the Speaker for the inauguration ceremony of the SDGs Secretariat, which has been established to provide technical assistance to the parliamentariansto effectively oversee, address the legislative gaps and ensure the rights of their respective constituents. The Secretariat has been established with the cooperation of the UNDP Pakistan with zero burden on the national exchequer while the National Parliamentary Meet on Malnutrition is being organized by the National Assembly at and assisted by Pakistan Institution for Parliamentary Services.


Speaker National Assembly Chairs the meeting of Board of Governors of PIPS - February 16, 2016

Islamabad, 16th February, 2016:  Meeting of Board of Governors of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) held under the chairmanship of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at PIPS today. Matters pertaining to appointment of Executive Director (ED), PIPS and Human Resource Review of PIPS were discussed in the meeting.

While talking about appointment of Executive Director, PIPS the Speaker National Assembly said that a competent and visionary officer with scholastic achievements and leadership qualities should be appointed who could bring innovative changes in the institution. The participants were informed that around fifty five applications were received for the said vacancy which were compiled and final selection will be made by the governing body of PIPS. In this regard, Speaker National Assembly has directed to constitute a committee that would scrutinize the applications and would submit its recommendation to the governing body. Speaker National Assembly also instructed to ensure complete transparency and adherence to merit in the process. It is pertinent to mention that post of ED was vacant after the death of former ED Saleem Mehmood Saleem.

During the meeting, the participants agreed to review the human resource policy in recruitment of new candidates and merit should be the yardstick for recruitment. It was also decided to review and improve the job descriptions and responsibilities of the employees currently working in the PIPS.

Addressing the meeting, Speaker NA said that PIPS services should not be confined for the National Assembly and Senate only; rather it should involve all provincial and legislative assemblies of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He added that currently PIPS is providing training facilities to the NA and Senate Secretariat employees. At that note, Speaker Balochistan Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani apprised the participants about the lack of capacity of Provincial Assembly Secretariat employees in legislative drafting particularly in Committee System and underlined for the need of training in these departments. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq responded that PIPS would conduct workshops in legislative drafting and committee system for the employees of provincial assemblies and assured his all out support in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Speaker Balochistan Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Senators Farhatullah Babar, Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and MNAs Syed Naveed Qamar, Zahid Hamid, Shafqat Mahmood, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan. Secretaries Senate and National Assembly Secretariats and Acting ED of PIPS were also present at the meeting.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Sheikh Rohail Asghar, MNA - February 15, 2016

Islamabad;   February 15, 2016:   Sardar Ayaz Sadiq,  Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of mother of Member National Assembly,  Sheikh Rohail Asghar.

In their separate condolence messages to Shiekh Rohail Asghar, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Parliamentary Engagement To Add Substance To Pak-German Relations: Says Speaker NA - February 15, 2016

Islamabad; February 15, 2016: Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Germany enjoys cordial and cooperative relations which needs to be further strengthened through substantive and long term parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said this while talking to Ambassador of Germany Ms. Ina Lepel in Parliament House, today.

The Speaker stressed the need for a regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries that would take the existing relations to new heights. Underlining the need for exploring possibilities, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq added that Pakistan is potential country for investment with emphasis on trade and development for enhancing cooperation between the two countries. This will strengthen impetus of bilateral economic relations among the two countries. 

Exchanging views on global and regional issues, he remarked that Pakistan has a keen interest in promoting regional stability and is making consistent efforts for regional peace and economic stability. The speaker asserted that Germany remains one of the vocal and staunch supporters of Pakistan and political engagement on both sides will bring the nations closer and pave ways for inter-parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation.

The German Ambassador Ms. Ina Lepel acknowledged the sentiments of the Speaker and said that his government also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through cooperation in diverse fields. She agreed that frequent interaction between business communities and parliamentarians would be beneficial for both the nations.

She also highlighted that Germany as Europe’s largest economy, is keen to maintain intensive and friendly relations with Pakistan. She further said that Germany would continue to support Pakistan at the regional as well as international level in its efforts towards achieving democratic and economic development. She also conveyed good wishes of German Speaker and invitation to Speaker National Assembly to visit Germany.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the death of Raja Muhammad Asghar Senior Journalist of Daily DAWN - February 13, 2016

Islamabad: February 13, 2016: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abassi Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of Raja Muhammad Asghar senior journalist of Daily Dawn. 

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker offered their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise. While paying tributes to the services of Raja Muhhamad Asghar, they said that he played a vital role for freedom of expression in the country. They said that the journalist fraternity could not overcome this loss and his services will be remembered in years to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant the fortitude and patience to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


Ambassador of Iraq calls on Speaker NA - February 12, 2016

Islamabad February 12, 2016: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Iraq are united in battling against terrorism, fostering cooperation among the Muslim world and in furthering an inclusive democracy. He was talking to the Ambassador of Iraq, Dr. Ali Yasin Mohammad Karim who called on him in Parliament House, Islamabad on Friday.



The Speaker highlighted that Iraq enjoys great historical reverence for Muslims throughout the world therefore peace and security of the Middle East is inherently dependent upon a peaceful Iraq.

He added that active participation of the parliamentary delegates from the entire Islamic World in Conference of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) hosted by Iraq was a demonstration of confidence in Iraq’s society to defy the threat of terror. The Speaker also expressed his gratitude for warm hospitality extended to Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation during the recent PUIC  hosted by Iraq while appreciating Iraq’s diplomatic endeavors to address common issues that afflict the Muslim Ummah.

Referring to the cultural, religious and eternal bonds of brotherhood between Iraq and Pakistan, the Speaker emphasized that both countries have resolved to usher in a new era of cooperation for tackling the challenges which have inversely affected the region and the Muslim World. He stated that Pakistan has immense confidence in the resilience and capacity of the Iraqi government and society.

The Speaker reiterated Pakistan’s reach out to Iraq through stronger inter-Parliamentary engagements and support for each other on various forums. He also stressed on the need for strengthening economic and military ties. He assured Iraq’s Ambassador of Pakistan’s full cooperation in various fields specially health, legislation and counter-terrorism.

Iraqi Ambassador Mr. Dr. Ali Yasin Muhammad Karim admired Pakistan’s deep confidence in Iraq and the value it attaches to its enduring brotherly relations with Iraq. He remarked that an excellent relation with Pakistan is paramount in Iraqi foreign policy. He added that Pakistan’s generous assistance for effective governance and legislation is a milestone in Pak-Iraq parliamentary diplomatic engagements and added that Ayaz Sadiq has initiated a new era of sustained parliamentary engagements.

The ambassador also appreciated Pakistan’s diplomatic endeavors for fostering cooperation among the Muslim World and the role of Pakistani delegates played in the recent PUIC conference to highlight problems of the Muslim world requiring durable solutions.


Pakistan's Parliament Goes Green - February 12, 2016

This vision of Speaker Ayaz Sadiq saw the light of the day when the National Assembly met on Friday the 12th February, 2016, under solar energy consumption.

The Speaker proudly announced that ever since the 1MW project of ‘Solar Energy’ at the Parliament House Islamabad was opened alive, it had generated 80 MW electricity,of which 62 MW were consumed by the Parliament House and the rest surplus production of 18 MW electricity was contributed to the National Grid.

This makes Pakistan Parliament the first in the world to shift on Solar Power completely. Earlier, Knesset, the parliament of Israel was also consuming the solar energy but it only generates10% of its total energy needs through solar means.

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