Bonn, Germany: A delegation of the Awami National Party arrived here
on three days visit to Germany.They hold meetings with different bodies of the
German Bundestag (federal parliament) in a parliamentary exchange programme
organized by the Hanns-Siedel Foundation, Pakistan.

The delegation comprised of Ms. Bushra Gohar MNA, Mr. Sardar Hussain Babak,
Provincial Minister of Education, (Pukhtunkhwa), Dr. Haider Ali Khan MPA and
Secretary Foreign Affairs of ANP, Mr. Hasham Babar, Additional Secretary General
ANP, and Mr. Muhammad Raza, Managing Director of the Baacha Khan education
Foundation.

The delegation exchanged views with Mr. Rolf Nikel, Deputy National Security
Advisor to Chancellor Merkel and officials from the German Institute for
International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), the
Foreign Office, and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament.
The delegation also met Mr. Paul Lehrieder, MP, President of the Pakistan-German
Forum, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, MP, Chairman CSU, Gerda Hasselfeldt MP – Deputy
President of the German Parliament. Later, the delegation met journalists from
leading newspapers of Germany.

The topic of the discussion centered on evaluation of Pakistan’s counter
insurgency in the Tribal Areas and parts of Pakhtunkhwa province, options for a
political solution of the security issues, evaluation of the
G8-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Initiative, outcome of the Mini-Jirga, prospects for the
Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and development needs in North West Pakhtun
province.

Members of the German parliament and government officials listened to the ANP’s
perspectives and expressed their commitment to support Pakistan’s efforts to
gain political and financial stability, and consider increased development aid
for the tribal areas and the Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Ms. Iffat Gardezi, deputy ambassador of Pakistan to Germany, hosted a welcome
dinner for the delegation on arrival and hoped that the ANP delegation will be
able to impress upon officials of the German government and the public
representatives for further strengthening the Pakistan-German relations,
especially in the field of commerce and trade.

In the end the delegation also visited Bonn and talked to to the The leaders of
Pakhtoon Social democratic Party Mr. Hidayat Bangash, Shereen Gerdival and Nasir
Stori about the present Political Situation in the Region. Both Parties were
agreed to work together.