Ten Indian parliamentarians will attend a two-day conference on AIDS in Lahore to discuss the role of people's elected representatives in combating the disease.
The Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a worldwide network of individual parliamentarians, in collaboration with the provincial assembly of Punjab (Pakistan), Pakistan National Assembly and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, is organising the conference on HIV/AIDS and the health policy in South Asia.
The conference begins Saturday evening.
The 10-member Indian delegation led by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Jesudasu Seelam comprises Milind Deora, Jitin Prasada, Sachin Pilot (Congress), Kiren Rijiju and Vijayendra Singh (Bharatiya Janata Party) M. Jagannath and Ravula Chandrasekar Reddy (Telugu Desam Party), Suresh Kurup (Communist Party of India-Marxist) and Tathagat Satpathy (Biju Janata Dal).
"The conference, in which lawmakers from all the SAARC countries would be participating, is to discuss the role of elected representatives in combating AIDS," Seelum told IANS.
Jagannath said: "We will also be discussing why the disease spreads in our region as well as the prevention and budgetary allocation to fight it in the south Asian countries."
At the conclusion of the conference, the parliamentarians would finalise a "Lahore Declaration" and send it to the governments of the member countries.