From 23-28 January 2011, CPA UK facilitated the visit of a cross-party delegation of MPs and Lords to Pakistan with a view to set in place a framework for further MP2MP dialogue, including parliamentary strengthening and capacity-building assistance programmes with the country’s Provincial and National Assemblies
The delegation met with parliamentary colleagues from the National Assembly and Senate in Islamabad and from the four Provincial Assemblies at a particularly pertinent time in light of the addition of Amendment 18 to the Constitution the previous year, which devolves many legislative powers down to the Provincial Assemblies.
The visit gave delegates a deeper understanding of Pakistan's battle on the war on terror, the role of women in society, its commitment to parliamentary democracy, and the level of enthusiasm among young Pakistani parliamentarians.
A positive and tangible outcome from the visit was the signing of a declaration of friendship between the Pakistan APPG at Westminster (Chaired by Andrew Stephenson MP) and the Pakistan-UK Friendship Group in the National Assembly in Islamabad (Convenor, Syed Zafar Ali Shah MNA), which has since been extended to the Pakistan Senate’s UK Friendship Group.
More programme information is available here ( PDF 185 KB).