ISLAMABAD: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Faisal Karim Kundi has said that Pakistan values high its relations with Australia and both the countries have similar views on global and regional issues. The Deputy Speaker said this while talking to High Commissioner of Australia, Zorica McCarthy, who called on him in the Parliament House on Thursday.
The Deputy Speaker said that democracy in Pakistan was gaining strength and the new government has set its priorities for the welfare of the people of the country. He said that provisions of education, health care, jobs and social amenities were the top priorities of the government. He said that the people in the February 18 elections voted for progressive political parties that showed majority of Pakistani people were progressive and moderate.
He said that people were expecting a lot from the new government and the government was committed to come up to the expectations of masses. He said that the world democratic forces should give support to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan. The Deputy Speaker said that poverty illiteracy and non-availability of economic opportunities were the main reasons of the extremism in the tribal areas. He underlined the need for provisions of educational facilities, healthcare and jobs in the tribal areas for curbing extremism there.
The High Commissioner of Australia H.E. Zorica McCarthy said that her government would continue its support for democracy in Pakistan. She said that her government would provide assistance to Pakistan in the fields of education, health and agriculture. She also assured Australian Assistance to expedite development in the tribal areas.