Liberal Forum Pakistan accepted as CALD Affiliate Member

March 6, 2004 3:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

(March 6, 2004/ Kaohsiung, Taiwan) In a special meeting, the Executive  Committee of the Council of Asian Liberals & Democrats accepted the application of Liberal Forum Pakistan as an Associate Member of CALD.

Prior to the Special Executive Committee Meeting, the membership committee chaired by H.E. Sam Rainsy, MP, conducted a thorough interview with Ms. Gulmina Bilal, the forum’s secretary general. In an earlier Executive Committee meeting two days before, it was agreed that, upon recommendation of the CALD Membership Committee, only national political parties will be entitled as CALD full members with voting rights.

Ms. Tioulong Saumura, MP, of the Sam Rainsy Party stated that “The Membership Committee is convinced that the Liberal Forum Pakistan is a dynamic organization, which fulfils the liberal values put forth in the recently approved (CALD membership)  guidelines.” It was recommended that the Liberal Forum Pakistan will be formally made a member during the next CALD Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for the middle of the year.

The Liberal Forum Pakistan is a civil society initiative working on the basis of the following political principles and values: individual freedom and social responsibility, supremacy of democratic principles, rule of law, tolerance and pluralism, free market economy and competition, free access and equal opportunities, devolution of power and decentralization, and equality of all citizens.

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