SPO led National conference on constitutional protection of Local Governments under AAWAZ program with consortium partners at Islamabad Hotel on 17th March.The event was widely attended by AAWAZ program citizens of 45 districts of KP and Punjab province, a large number of women and minorities, civil society activities, academics, legislators and political parties.Prominent amongst the political party representatives were HasilBejanjo (NP), BushraGohar (ANP), Nusrat Sahar Abbassi (PML-F), Maliha Ali (PTI) and Choudry Javed Iqbal (PML-N), Yasmeen Lehri (NP) and Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed (NP). Each political party representative explained their party positions on Local Government elections and political perspective of all the provinces was presented. The role of political parties to hold LG elections was emphasized and representatives of the political parties affirmedto support constitutional protection of LGs.
The exampleof successful holding of Local Government elections in Balochistan despite extreme difficulties was presented by NP representative, lauded and referred to as the test case of strongpolitical will by speakers and participants. Senator HasilBejenjo, National Party, underscored key factors of success case of Balochistan LG election. He also pledged that NP being ally of Federal Government would take frontal role in tabling LG constitutional Protection bill as recommended by the National Conference.
Under the Political Party Development Program (PPDP), a one day CSO Forum was organized by SPO and NDI in collaboration with Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), on February 24, 2014 at Hotel One Islamabad. The forum was attended by nine members of PML-F's policy-makers, including two current MPAs of Sindh Assembly, Dr. Rafique Banbhan and Ms. Nusrat Saher Abbasi. The main objectives of the CSO forum were:
1. To discuss the highlighted issues and to give an expert opinion.
2. To discuss the way forward for the party's policy formulation.
To strengthen and support community organizations and public interest institutions of Pakistan for the benefit of poor and disadvantaged sections of society for sustainable development through a participatory approach.
A democratic, socially just and tolerant society guided by participatory principles, which realizes the full potential of its people and their aspirations for sustainable and self reliant development.