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Parliamentarians of Pakistani origin elected in other countries have urged Pakistani legislature to play its role for allowing Pakistani expatriates the right to franchise.

The demand was echoed by the visiting group of legislators at the First International Conference of Parliamentarians of Pakistani origin chaired by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Islamabad on Monday.

The speaker in his opening remarks said that parliamentarians of Pakistani origin are face of the country abroad that can highlight positive image of Pakistan across the world.

He said the government will welcome any suggestions from them for the progress and development of the country.

Member Parliament from New Zealand, Ashraf Chaudhry while speaking on this occasion said we want to see the supremacy of law and good governance in Pakistan.

He said if anything from New Zealand is needed, either in terms of building the capacity of legislators, institutions or in terms of finances, New Zealand is ready to extend.

Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Ontario, Canada Dr. Shafiq Qadri said that huge Pakistan Diaspora resides in Canada who is optimistically contributing to the development of Canada. He said these Pakistanis are also willing to play their positive role in the development of Pakistan.

Parliamentarian from Norway Khalid Mahmood on this occasion said the government should do its best to improve the human rights situation; especially those related to minorities and marginalized communities.


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