ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Friday inaugurated ‘Common Man’s Gallery’ in the National Assembly hall and a counter at the Parliament House reception.
Addressing an inauguration ceremony in Islamabad, the speaker said the step had been taken to facilitate general public to have access to the National Assembly.
Asad Qaiser said any citizen could have access to the National Assembly by showing his National Identity Card. He said special staff will be deputed at reception to help the citizens.
He said this initiative would enable public to meet their representatives.
Guests coming to witness proceedings will not be allowed to bring mobile phone, tape recorder, weapon, umbrella, camera, hand bags, book and stick in the gallery.
It may be noted that in August, Pakistan’s Hindu community had decorated the National Assembly hall with 40 feet large national flag made of 60,000 balloons to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.
Students from different educational institutes had been invited to visit the Parliament House on August 14. The 40-feet flag was set up at one side of the hall covering the whole area from floor to ceiling of the assembly wall.
The flag was made by three dozens of Hindu volunteers. Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, chairman of Pakistan Hindu Council and a member of the National Assembly, was confident that the flag could make it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
While commenting on the deteriorating situation of the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), Dr Vankwani said, “The community does and will always stand with the rest of the country when it comes to Pakistan’s defense.”