Pak Assembly Speaker proposes creation of SAARC South Asian parliament

Islamabad, July 11(ANI): Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza has proposed that the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members should contemplate the creation of a South Asian parliament to sustain peace and prosperity in the region.

She said it would be the largest forum of legislators commanding the trust of 1.7 billion South Asians and enabling member- countries to negotiate sustainable solutions to numerous bilateral and multilateral problems.

She said the parliament concept would infuse a new life into the SAARC forum besides supporting, guiding and protecting the emerging democracies by becoming a vanguard of freedom in South Asia, the Daily Times reports.

Mirza said the South Asian region has seen enough bloodshed, wars and conflicts; therefore, the parliamentarians should jointly bring an end to the miseries of the people by joining hands for a meaningful cooperation through experience-sharing, joint resource mobilisation and strong networking.

She said the member countries' common struggle for freedom, democracy and justice have borne fruits as a wave of democracy was finally sweeping across the SAARC region.

"Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal were witnessing the dawn of a new era of people's power," Mirza said. (ANI)