ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani said on Thursday that historic, cultural, social and parliamentary linkages between Pakistan and Bahrain should be translated into economic ties for mutual benefits of both the countries. He said this while talking to Bahrain Ambassador Muhammad Ebraheem Muhammad, who called on him at the Parliament House. He congratulated the Bahrain leadership for holding new elections and especially to the first ever elected woman Speaker of the Council of Representatives Fauzia Abdullah Yousaf Zainal. He said that was a dire need to put our heads together and overcome the challenges which are posing threats to stability of Muslim Ummah. He said that this is an era of parliamentary diplomacy as it is the most appropriate and viable option for furthering the ties between the nations and resolving the issues. He said that Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with Bahrain and other Gulf countries and there is a need to further boost these brotherly relations into extended economic ties to benefit from the huge trade potential among these nations. The senate chairman said that the cooperation between the parliaments of Muslim countries is direly needed. He said that it is important for Muslim parliaments to interact and find solution to the problems and emerging challenges. He said that there is a huge potential for improving the economic ties and Pakistan especially its private sector should benefit from these opportunities as Bahrain could serve as a gateway for Pakistani products for trade with the Gulf countries. Earlier, Jordan Ambassador Major General (r) Ibrahim Yali Moh’d, called on the senate chairman at Parliament House. While talking to the Jordanian ambassador, the senate chairman said that parliaments of the Muslim countries must come forward and interact to evolve a mechanism for making concrete efforts to resolve the issues being faced by the Muslim Ummah. The brotherly relations among Muslim states need to be translated into economic opportunities. Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani reiterated the need to further strengthen existing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Jordan through enhancing parliamentary ties and cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. The senate chairman also underscored the need for enhanced parliamentary linkages between the parliaments of the two sides. He said that bilateral relations could be further cemented by increasing parliamentary exchanges. Published in Daily Times, January 4th 2019.