Pakistan delegation arrives in city

KOCHI, FEB. 26. How the local administration works and how the citizens are involved in developmental issues, were some of the answers sought by a six-member delegation from Pakistan, which met the Kochi Mayor, C.M. Dinesh Mani, and the council members.

The delegation of five women and a man from Punjab, Sindh, Karachi and other places mentioned that though there are over 35,000 women in local bodies in Pakistan, they have little experience and powers to execute.

Rasheeda Azeez, Shameem Mumtaz, Zyaida Haseena Gel, Tayaba Althaf and Azad Rahaman, representatives of various district councils in Pakistan and Shabeeya Ayaz of the Aurat Foundation, an NGO comprised the team, which visited the city.

The team were interested in getting a first hand experience of the working of decentralised local administration. They had arrived on Sunday at Thrissur to attend a training conducted by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration.

They members felt that there should be more interaction between people of India and Pakistan. They conveyed to the Mayor that felt that people of both countries would love to have peace. Says Mr. Mani, the team called up specifically to mention the good hospitality they received in Kochi.

The delegation would be visiting some self help groups and Kudumbashree units before returning to Pakistan.