CPA UK partner promotes parliamentary diplomacy in South Asia

CPA UK would like to acknowledge the work of the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) which held the Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue from 06-07 January in Islamabad, Pakistan.

17 Indian MPs from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met with their Pakistani parliamentary colleagues to discuss issues of mutual interest including terrorism, water disputes and trade and travel.

At the close of the constructive and candid dialogue today, a joint declaration was issued in which the parties ‘recognised the importance of their role in removing the trust deficit in the areas that divide the two countries.’ It was agreed that a follow up mechanism would be put in place to aid in the building of ‘commonalities...with the view to resuming the dialogues and promoting a peoples movement for peace and reconciliation’.

CPA UK worked closely with PILDAT in July 2010 to welcome members of the Pakistan Youth Parliament to Westminster. CPA UK is also looking forward to welcoming a delegation led by the Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha from 17-19 January, and meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan at Westminster later this month.

For more information on the Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue please visit PILDAT.