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NA to host meeting of Pak-Afghan parliamentary friendship group

ISLAMABAD (APP): Na-tional Assembly of Paki-stan will host the inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan- Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The meeting will be attended by key ministers of the cabinet, parliamentarians, advisors and Special Assistants to the Prime Minister, Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghan-istan and relevant federal secretaries on the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

The meeting will seek to complement the democratic vision of the elected house to promote parliamentary role in deepening bilateral relationship with Afghanistan.

Under the leadership of the Speaker in the near past, a number of steps ha-ve been taken for cementing relations with Parlia-ments of other countries.

Parliamentary friendship groups have been established on reciprocity basis with 93 Parliaments of the world and parliamentary exchange program has been revitalized.

Pak-Afghan parliamentary friendship group was first established in the Nat-ional Assembly of Pakistan on March 24, 2005.

Since then the group has remained active in terms of parliamentary interactions, cooperation on parliamentary businesses and maintenance of parliamentary oversight of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

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