New Delhi, April 30: As the possibility of improvement in India-Pakistan relations brightens, a group of 11 Pakistani parliamentarians — representing a wide-range of political views — is planning a “goodwill visit” here.
The visit may not have been planned with approval from Islamabad, but it coincides with initiatives taken by the Indian Prime Minister and the Pakistan President to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.
The proposed visit, likely to begin from May 8, will take the Pakistani parliamentarians to New Delhi and Calcutta.
The MPs likely to be in the group include senator Anisa Zeb (Pakistan People’s Party — Sherpao) from the North West Frontier Province, Members of the National Assembly (MNA), Saleem Jan Mazari (Pakistan Muslim League-Q) and editor of the Herald, Sheri Rehman (PPP-Benazir), both from Sindh, senator Sawar Kakar from Baluchistan and representative of the non-Muslim seat M.P. Bhandara, who is also the managing-director of Murree Brewery Ltd, former law minister and (PML-Q) senator from Punjab K. Ranjah and senator Shahzad Waseem from Islamabad. The Punjab PML-Q MNA Ishaq Khan Khakwani will be the group’s coordinator.
The visit is being arranged by the Pakistan and India Forum for Peace and Democracy and the main aim of the parliamentarians will be to explore the various steps to strengthen ties between the two South Asian neighbours.