Islamabad :The Deputy Speaker National Assembly and Vice President Board of Governors Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Qasim Khan Soori has said that in Parliamentary System of Government Parliament considered centre of democracy.  He said that Parliament is an important constitutional institution for legislation, Government oversight and public representation.  He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of 5th National Parliamentary Development Course (NPDC) at PIPS on Monday.

The Deputy Speaker said that the role of Parliamentary staff was very important in transaction of parliamentary business.  He said that basic responsibility of the Parliamentary staff is to assist the people representatives in legislation, research and other important issues.  He said that Parliamentary Staff will assist the Parliamentarian in a better way if they were skillful and have expertise in their profession.  He appreciated the initiative of PIPS for holding NPDC and expressed the hope that it will prove beneficial for the participants of the course in performing their duties.  He said that only those countries were strong and powerful whose people were well educated and skillful.

The Deputy Speaker said that Parliament is orbit of expectations of the people of the country and people have lot of expectations from the present Parliament.  He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has taken reign of the Government in such difficult circumstances when at one hand the country was facing lot of challenges and at the other hand under burden of 30 thousand billion rupees loan.  He said that during the last 10 years loans of 24 billion rupees thousands was taken which was spent on debaucheries of the ruling class and corruption instead of welfare of the people and development of the country.  He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was taking keen interest to pull the country out of crises and strengthening the economy.  He expressed the confidence that under the leadership of Imran Khan incumbent Government will succeed to overcome the challenges.  He said that elimination of corruption, accountability and welfare of the people of the country was the topmost priority of the incumbent Government.  He said we have to work together for progress and prosperity of the country.  He urged upon the participants of the course to perform their duties as national obligations.

On this occasion the Executive Director PIPS Zafarullah Khan addressing the ceremony and informed the participants about objectives and aims of the course and steps taken by the PIPS for capacity building of Parliamentary staff and Parliamentarians.  He said that this training programme was designed keeping in view intellectual and professional challenges faced by the parliamentary functionaries in performing parliamentary business. He said that the officers from National Assembly, Senate of Pakistan, Balochistan Assembly, Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Assembly and Legislative Assemblies of AJK and Gilgit Baltistan were participating in the course.  


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