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First SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference begins today

16 August, 2016

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ISLAMABAD: The First SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference begins on Tuesday (today), in Islamabad, with the key theme of "Peace & Harmony for Development."

The National Assembly (NA) of Pakistan has taken the initiative to host the first ever conference inviting young parliamentarians from seven other SAARC member countries.

For two days the young parliamentarians will share ideas, deliberate upon confronting challenges, identify avenues for cooperation and finalise strategy to implement their consensus-based ideas in future.

The young parliamentarians conference will also help build a congenial environment for the upcoming SAARC summit, to be held in November, in Islamabad.

The NA Speaker, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, welcomed the delegates from SAARC countries. He hoped the conference would set an exceptional example of cooperation, goodwill and harmony, which are needed to ameliorate the plight of more than one billion people.

The NA speaker already appointed MNA Malik Muhammad Uzair, as the convenor of the conference. Other young Pakistani parliamentarians like MNA Marriyum Aurangzeb and Ms Shaza Fatimah will play a crucial role in the conference.

After the welcoming session, the delegates will first discuss the role of young parliamentarians to strategise for the youth's voice, emancipation and prosperity in South Asia.

While a majority of senior parliamentarians from Pakistan will attend the conference, the SAARC Secretary General, Arjun Bahadur Thapa, has also arrived in Islamabad to participate in the event. The young parliamentarians who are attending the conference include Sujeewa Senasinghe, Suddachcharige Premarathna, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha and Ishak Rahuman from Sri Lanka, Ugyen Wangdi and Rinzin Dorji from Bhutan, Obidullah Kaimzai and Abdullah Mohammadi from Afghanistan, Mansingram Patel Divya Sapandana from India, Ganesh Kumar Mandal and Shyam Kumar Shrestha from Nepal.

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