• Publication Date: Mon, February 24, 2020

    Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in collaboration with TABEER-CDIP organized a two-day workshop on “Women in Parliamentary Leadership” for the honourable women Members of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab at Pearl Continent Hotel, Bhurban on February 13 & 14, 2020.


    The program commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by welcome remarks and program overview by Ms. Samer Awais, Director-General PDP & IT (PIPS).


    Dr. Huma Naveed Baqai, a renowned expert and Associate Professor from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, presented an enlightening view over “Conflict Resolution & Building Consensus” in the political landscape with the Parliamentary women leaders. She discussed that conflict was inherent in the nature of every individual and conflict behaviour would determine the capability of individuals to deal with certain conflicts in the political arena. She further highlighted that the conflict audience was always there to judge the conflict based behaviours of the parliamentarians in any situation. Moreover, Dr. Baqai discussed at length the tools for conflict management and elaborated that conflict behavior played an important role in consensus building among the Parliamentarians who were to work on the issues of national importance. She further explained that in any conflict, there was always some hidden need behind it which needed to be addressed in order to ensure political consensus building.


    The session on “Committees as Forum for Harmonization” was chaired by a panel comprising Honourable Member National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Riaz Fatyana and Parliamentary Expert, Mr. Zafrullah Khan. While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zafrullah, highlighted the role of Standing Committees of the Parliament and discussed at length that in committees, decisions were made while keeping in view the national interest apart from any political influence. He further elaborated that, previously elections for committee members were used to be held but later, this practice was evolved into the nominations and for the first time in parliamentary history an opposition Member, Honourable Benazir Bhutto was made chair of the committee in 1992. He further highlighted that in order to create harmonization in the committees,  Rules of Procedures of the House required reforms.


    Hon. Riaz Fatyana, while sharing the best practices of the committees of the National Assembly of Pakistan informed the audience that committees in National Assembly were open to obtain suggestions from civil society on any grave issue. He recommended that the concept of delegated legislation might be introduced in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab. Furthermore, post-legislative scrutiny may also be done by the Members to oversee the effective implementation of any legislation. He concluded the session with a suggestion to draft a proposal  comparing  the Rules of Procedures of all the Houses  to amend  Rules for effective House business.

    Ms. Rabeea Anwar, Joint Secretary, Senate of Pakistan, briefed about the role of “Women Leaders in Pakistan’s Politics” and narrated that the women Member of the Parliament were the leaders of their constituencies. She further highlighted the role of women leaders in the political history of Pakistan who played a decisive role by introducing the bills to protect women’s rights. She further highlighted the struggle of former Senator Sughra Imam, and many other prominent women leaders of Pakistan to make remarkable legislations in the course of history.

    Mr. Zafarullah Khan, a Parliamentary expert, was next to speak, who briefed about the “Strategic Communication during Political Crisis”.  He discussed how media has played a decisive role during any political crisis from the beginning and stated that in order to professionalize the political/parliamentary communication, the political parties affiliated them with media. He further highlighted the ‘Communication Model’ of Aristotle in which he described the elements of a good communicator i.e. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

    Mr. Inayatullah Lak, Director General (Parliamentary Affairs & Research), gave a presentation on the “Comparative analysis of Committees’ Rules of procedure”. He briefly discussed the comparison between Committee Rules of the National Assembly, the Senate and the four Provincial Assemblies of Pakistan and narrated various parliamentary tools through which the Parliament could make the government accountable.

    The session ended with the vote of thanks by Ms. Samer Awais (DG Parliamentary Development Programme, PIPS) and Mr. Niaz Ahmed (Parliamentary Lead-CDIP Pakistan)