Head of State: President Arif Alvi
Joined the Commonwealth: 1947 (1989)
Capital City (location of Parliament): Islamabad
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - National Assembly (342), Senate (104)
CPA UK & Pakistan
Pakistan forms one of CPA UK’s key partnerships, with a strong emphasis on both parliamentary strengthening and diplomacy. CPA UK and Pakistan have regularly engaged on a range of issues in programmes in the UK and Pakistan.
CPA UK have supported the Parliament of Pakistan in enhancing the capabilities of their Members and officials through a number of programmes in the UK, including study visits for officials from the national and provincial assemblies of Pakistan and a bespoke seminar on parliamentary practice and procedure for members and officials from the Senate and National Assembly.
Women’s representation has formed a key part of CPA UK’s engagement with Pakistan. CPA UK has a long-term partnership with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and since 2012 have undertaken a number of programmes aimed at enhancing the role and capabilities of women parliamentarians. Themes explored include economic empowerment, maternal health, access to justice, and building a community for change.
The diplomatic relationship remains importance, especially considering the strong people-to-people links that exist between Pakistan and the UK. CPA UK continues to engage closely with the Parliament of Pakistan and also the Provincial Assemblies.
Our Recent Programmes
Bilateral Visit and New Members' Induction Programme, Islamabad and Lahore, 18-22 February 2019
From 18-22 February 2019, a CPA UK parliamentary delegation visited Pakistan to engage in a series of diplomatic meetings as well as facilitate an induction workshop for newly-elected members of the National Assembly. Meetings with key ministers and officials allowed the delegates to develop a deeper understanding of the changing political and parliamentary landscape in the country, following the general elections in July 2018. The two-day induction focused on various topics, including parliamentary standards and ethics, legislative scrutiny, and committee oversight.
The programme offered a great opportunity for exchange of best practices and knowledge between parliamentarians across both legislatures. CPA UK looks forward to building relations between UK and Pakistan through further collaboration and activities with the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Read more about the visit here.
Study Visit by Senate Committee Chairs, Westminster, 9-12 July 2018
CPA UK hosted a delegation of committee chairs from the Senate of Pakistan from 9-12 July 2018. The programme focused on the work of oversight committees. The Senators on the delegation discussed topics such as the inquiry process and recommendations to government with the Chair of the Transport Committee in the House of Commons, and the Chairs of the International Relations and Communications Committees in the House of Lords.
Read more about the visit here.
Visit of Officials from Parliament and Provincial Assemblies of Pakistan, Westminster, 8-10 January 2018
CPA UK hosted a three-day programme for officials from Pakistan in partnership with SUBAI, the EU-funded parliamentary strengthening project in Pakistan. The programme explored a range of pertinent issues for the Pakistani officials, including planning for new member induction, strategic planning, committee oversight, and public engagement.
The delegation also visited the Edinburgh to explore how the Scottish Parliament managed the same issues. This was facilitated by CPA Scotland.
Election Assessment Mission (EAM) - UK General Election - June 2017
The EAM was composed of 32 parliamentarians and election officials from across the Commonwealth. The EAM observed the election day procedures and met with candidates, returning officers, electoral officials and staff, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders across eight constituencies during the period 3-8 June 2017. A key objective of the EAM was to increase the knowledge, skills and importance of election observation methodology amongst Commonwealth parliamentarians.
Westminster Symposium on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, Westminster, 11-14 July 2016
CPA UK delivered a bespoke four-day programme for the Parliament of Pakistan, modelled on CPA UK’s flagship Westminster Seminar, to explore all aspects of parliamentary practice and procedure. The delegation featured members and officials from the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan. The programme delivered a number of impacts, such as the Senate of Pakistan introducing a new code of conduct for members.