Des­tiny of Asia had to be de­cided by its lead­er­ship

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF RE­PORTER IS­LAM­ABAD—

Chair­man of the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of Asian Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly ( APA) Se­na­tor Mushahid Hus­sain Sayed said on Satur­day that the des­tiny of Asia had to be de­cided by its lead­er­ship rep­re­sent­ing the Asian peo­ple. The time has come for Asian hands to shape the fu­ture of Asia, he said in a brief­ing to jour­nal­ists from La­hore held here about the 7th ple­nary of Asian Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly (APA).

It may be noted that the 7th Ple­nary of APA is go­ing to be held in La­hore from De­cem­ber 1-3.

Se­na­tor Mushahid said the APA con­fer­ence in La­hore would be unique in its na­ture. It would be the big­gest in­ter­na­tional Par­lia­men­tary Con­fer­ence in the his­tory of La­hore.

The Se­na­tor briefed the jour­nal­ists about the his­tory and for­ma­tion of APA telling them that the vi­sion for APA was pre­sented in Is­lam­abad ten years ago in Novem­ber 2004 when the As­so­ci­a­tion of Asian Par­lia­ments for Peace (AAPP) de­cided to trans­form it­self into Asian Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly.

Now, again, Pak­istan pre­sented the vi­sion to trans­form APA this a into an Asian Par­lia­ment, he said.

Pak­istan is Pres­i­dent of APA for a two year term, which is held by Se­nate Chair­man Syed Nay­yar Hus­sain Bokhari. Mushahid Hus­sain said the bal­ance of eco­nomic as well as po­lit­i­cal power was shift­ing from West to East in this ‘Asian Cen­tury’.

Pak­istan, He said, was to­day play­ing a piv­otal role of a bridge be­tween South East Asia and West Asia. “Asia needs to dis­cuss all the is­sues it faces, and this assem­bly will prove to be the right plat­form,” he said. He said In­dian ef­forts to iso­late Pak­istan had failed, and to­day, Pak­istan was be­ing courted by China, Rus­sia and the Unired States con­cur­rently.

Se­na­tor Mushahid said that Pak­istan was play­ing a lead­er­ship role in APA, lead­ing with ideas, is­sues and ini­tia­tives. He said no­body should think that for­eign peo­ple don’t want to come to Pak­istan as dstin­guished del­e­gates from 25 coun­tries are ar­riv­ing here for the three-day con­fer­ence.

The jour­nal­ists were briefed about the Assem­bly, its struc­ture, com­mit­tees, spe­cial women Asian par­lia­men­tary fo­rum and its agen­das. Mushahid also said, to the plea­sure of jour­nal­ists, that APA would also look for­ward to have a me­dia fo­rum for co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes among Asian jour­nal­ists. An­swer­ing ques­tions about whether APA will be able to achieve its goals of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, the chair­man of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee said that SAARC was also put with same ques­tions when it was es­tab­lished. He said the Asian Par­lia­ment is a doable vi­sion within our lifetime, after all, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and the Pan African Par­lia­ment are a re­al­ity, and in the Asian Se­cu­rity, the pros­per­ity of Asia de­pends on peace, co­ex­is­tence and co­op­er­a­tion.

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