Peace unlikely with threats to solidarity: PAECO

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 2, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary assembly of the economic cooperation organisation (PAECO) mentioned, on Tuesday, that peace and tranquility without eliminating the threats to solidarity and cooperation on a global scale, and especially without international consensus and cooperation on issues such as war, violence and the countering of terrorism is not possible.

According to a press release, PAECO with representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan participated in the inaugural session of the second general conference in the federal capital.

The national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser said that multilateral cooperation is imperative for regional development and economic prosperity.

He remarked that the economic cooperation organisation (ECO) region with an area of 8 million square kilometres and a vast population of 460 million has immense potential of mutual cooperation in the spheres of trade and economy.

NA speaker Qaiser said that the 10 members of ECO can capitalise their potential by parliamentary cooperation especially in the context of the negatives of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

He said that his parliament successfully organised a seminar to explore the opportunities to promote trade between Pakistan-Afghanistan in 2020 and multiple initiatives have been taken under the executive committee of Pakistan-Afghanistan parliamentary friendship group.

While mentioning the plight of innocent Kashmiris and Palestinians, NA speaker Qaiser remarked that the world should take stock of the gross violations of basic human rights in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and in Palestine.

He reiterated that without resolution of contentious issues like Kashmir and Palestine the sustainable peace cannot be achieved.

NA speaker Qaiser expressed his gratitude for unanimously electing him as the chairperson of the executive assembly of PAECO.

He said that PAECO will provide a platform for strengthening the inter-parliamentary cooperation.

NA speaker Qaiser expressed the hope that PAECO will continue to open new avenues of cooperation among the ECO member states.

He congratulated Afghanistan for being unanimously chosen, by the executive council, to be the host of the third PAECO.

He hoped that the unanimous decisions of the executive council will further strengthen PAECO.

In separate addresses the guest speakers appreciated Pakistan’s effort to bring ECO members on the platform of PAECO.

They also mentioned about vast opportunities in the field of economy and trade.

They highlighted the need of close cooperation and connectivity among the ECO member states.

Afghan wolesi jirga speaker Mir Rehman Rahmani, Azerbaijani mili majlis speaker Sahiba Gafarova, Kyrgyz Republic supreme council speaker Talant Mamytov, Tajikistani majlisi namoyandagon of the majlisi oli chairman Zokirzoda Mahmodthohir, Turkish grand national assembly speaker Mustafa Sentop, Uzbek majlis oli speaker Ismoilov Nurdinjoin, Kazakhstani head of the delegation of the house of representatives Mynbay Darkhan participated in the event while Iranian Islamic consultative assembly speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Turkmenistani mejlis chairperson Gulshat Mammedova and ECO secretary general Hadi Soleimanpour participated virtually.