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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said that the Parliament will host first-ever "National Parliamentary Conference on Population and Fundamental Rights" in the coming few weeks for deliberation and future planning on the challenges related to population issues in the backdrop of recently held census. The minister, who is also Chairperson of Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs, said this while addressing the concluding session of two-day national knowledge sharing roundtable on sustainable development goals.

The minister said that parliament will have a key role in this conference and its agenda would be finalized in consultation with all stakeholders. The minister said that there was need to start a national discourse on this all important issue and this conference would prove a harbinger in this regard. Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the provinces and the task forces on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would play key role in the proposed conference. She said that special sessions would be held on provinces and other federating units in which they would be free to prepare agenda for the conference and the federation would fully cooperate with them in this regard.

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