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Political parties are essential for the working of parliament : Javaid Hashmi

Lahore : Veteran politician Makhdoom Javaid Hashmi on Saturday said political parties were essential for the working of parliament.

Talking to the media after addressing a seminar on “Benefits of the student organizations revival” at Jinnah Library here,he said keeping the political parties intact was indispensable for the federation.

The seminar was organized by Pakistan Institute of National Affairs (PINA).

Hashmi said like past elected government, the present democratic set-up must also be allowed to complete its five-year constitutional term as it would strengthen the democratic process in the country. He condemned the scuffling incident in the parliament, saying the responsible should be held accountable.

To a question, Hashmi said he would make decision regarding joining any political party after some time.

Earlier, speakers at the seminar said revival of student unions as per rules was good as the same helped develop leadership qualities among the students.They said no political leader was emerging from students as student unions were banned. The student unions leaders should realise their mistakes as it was necessary for the revival of unions, they added.

PINA Secretary General Altaf Hassan Qureshi, Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) Director Ahmad Bilal Mehboob, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Ghulam Abbas Hafeezullah Niazi, Dr Imrana Mushtaq and others spoke the seminar.

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