If World powers hold dialogue with rebels then why not Pakistan: MPAs

LONDON: If United States and other world powers enter in dialogue with Taliban and other rebel forces round the globe then what is harm in Pakistan holding parleys with Taliban, said a delegation of members of provincial assembly of Punjab.

The delegation including Aesha Javed, Muhammad Sibtain Khan, Adnan Farid while Baber Hussain Abid is leading the delegation. They were visiting Pakistan High Commission (PHC) London and hold meeting with Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistani High Commissioner and other diplomatic staff.  The delegation was accompanied by David Telly and Ali Imran of West Minister Foundation for Democracy.

Wajid Shamsul Hassan briefed the delegation about different aspects of Pak-Britain bilateral relations. Deputy High Commissioner Imran Mirza briefed the delegation about the improvement being made in different facilities of Pakistani community in Britain like improvement made in Consular Services.

The MPAs were of the view the continuity and stability of democracy is a good omen not only for Pakistan but for entire world. World powers will not hesitate to accept the geo-strategic position of Pakistan for being located in an area having manifold importance and this is reason these powers have supported democracy in Pakistan, they said.

In case of dictatorship in Pakistan world would never had supported dialogue with Taliban, it is all due to democracy, they said.

During a week-long official visit of Britain the delegation visited the Scottish Parliament and witnessed the Parliamentary proceedings. They also hold meetings with Parliamentarians and heads of different parliamentary committees and talked in detail about the parliamentary practices in two countries.

The tour of parliamentarians was arranged by West Minister Foundation for Democracy (WFD), which is an independent body of Foreign and Commonwealth Office, striving for stability of democracy round the globe.

WFD and Punjab Assembly have coordination in the program.