Pak-US ties in­evitable for peace­ful S. Asia: Ayaz Sadiq

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Speaker Na­tional As­sem­bly Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq on Thurs­day said that a com­pre­hen­sive PakUS 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, David M. Hale who called on him. 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 in­terPar­lia­men­tary 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.

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