Speaker Indian Lok Sabha arrives in Pakistan

February 21, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker Lok Sabha, India, Meira Kumar arrived here Tuesday on a five-day state visit to Pakistan along with a seven-member parliamentary delegation, comprising members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

Meira Kumar has come to Pakistan on the invitation of Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza. The visit is the first-ever official visit by an Indian Speaker after a long period.

The deligation was received at the airport by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan,Sharat Sabharwal, Secretary National Assembly, Karamat Hussain Niazi and other senior officials of the National Assembly.

The visit is aimed to forge better ties and future cooperation between the two parliaments. It also carries a special significance for both Pakistan and India who currently have women speakers in their Parliament's lower house.

During her visit, Speaker Lok Sabha besides meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuaf Raza Gilani will also meet Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naik and Pakistan-India Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

In the last leg of visit, the delegation will proceed to Lahore where it will meet Governor, Chief Minister and Speaker of the Punjab Provincial Assembly.