ISLAMABAD – Over 70 delegates from twenty-three Asian countries, including members of parliament and speakers, have attended the three-day meeting of the special committee on creation of Asian Parliament and Asian Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee on political affairs held in Islamabad.

The event which is scheduled to last till March 17 was jointly  inaugurated by chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

Indian parliamentarians including Shashi Tharoor, Meenakshi Lekhi and Swapan Dasgupta are also present.

Addressing the inaugural session, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq stressed the need for working together for achieving the desired goal of regional peace, development and prosperity.

He said APA member states should intervene for peaceful solution of all outstanding disputes in accordance with UN resolution and as per aspirations of the people.

He stressed the need to work together for confronting shared challenges of terrorism, extremism, poverty and climate change.

On the occasion, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani expressed confidence that the special committee on creation of Asian Parliament would make a positive beginning towards the cherished objective.

He said it would be unrealistic to expect a blueprint of the Asian Parliament at the conclusion of the session.