Speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq on Tuesday said “Pakistan does not want to be a part of arms race in South Asia but are aware of the threats to its national security.
While addressing to the inaugural session of two-day Standing Committee Meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) on Economic and Sustainable Development held at a local hotel.
Speaker NA said “Pakistan is a responsible Atomic country and its Atomic assets are in safe hands. The country strictly follows the policy of atomic non-proliferation”.
Speaker NA also urged the nuclear supplier groups to stop biased approach with the other countries.
He said, “Pakistan is facing the challenge of terrorism from the last two decades and has sacrificed 65,000 lives in war on terror”.
No doubt that the country has achieved huge success in his fight against terrorism through military operation `Zarb-i-Azb’.
“Pakistani government and the nation are committed to root out the hazard of terrorism and sectarianism from the country”, he said.
He said peaceful Asia will remain a dream unless guaranteed peace in occupied Kashmir, Palestine and Rohingya.
The Asian countries are facing the challenges related to health, education, poverty, economy, energy, water and human rights and the role of APA is very important to handle with such challenges.
He also highlighted on the need to give amenities to the traders for promoting business activity in the Asian region and taking steps for making certain economic equality.
Raza Rabbani said Western economy in this age is turned down while Arabian countries are also facing the threat of decline. “Asian countries are in effort to bring economic immovability and peace which can only be achieved through unity”, he said.
“What I believe is that the future of Asia lies within Asia and we have to stop depending on West”, he said.
APA Secretary General gave presentation on implementation of resolutions on `Financial Affairs: Ensuring Efforts for Economic Growth’, The role of APA Parliaments to adopt Legislation in Supporting Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Asian Integrated Energy Market on the first day. While on the second day, presentation and discussions will be held on Environmental Issues, poverty Eradication, Education for All and Women Empowerment.

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