Pakistan values relations with Turkey: Dy Chairman Senate

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Turkish delegation visits Parliament House, briefed about working of the NA, Senate

Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan values its relations with the brotherly Islamic country Turkey and Turkey has always supported Pakistan’s position at all international forums. These views were expressed by Deputy Chairman Senate Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi while talking to a delegation led by Dr Ali Ergbas, Chief of Turkey’s Presidential Religious Affairs.

The Turkish delegation was visiting the Parliament House. Upon arrival, Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and members of the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs, Senators, Syed Sabir Shah, Hafiz Abdul Karim and Muhammad Akram welcomed Dr Ali Ergbas and his team.

The meeting discussed in detail the overall situation of the region, including issues of mutual interest.

Mirza Muhammad Afridi said the stance taken by Turkey on the issue of Palestine and Kashmir was commendable. He said there was a need to raise awareness in the world against Islamophobia and Prime Minister Imran Khan had raised his voice against Islamophobia at important international forums. There are vast opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.

The delegation was briefed about the working of the Parliament and its various functions.

Afridi said the exchange of parliamentary delegations could further strengthen the ties. President Erdogan and Imran Khan are proving themselves as the real representatives of the Islamic world. The visit of Dr. Ali Ergbas and his delegation will be a milestone in furthering the relations between the two countries. He said that Pakistan and Turkey are two important partners for the interests, unity and strength of the Muslim Ummah. President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan in 2020 and his address to a joint sitting of Parliament was a source of joy to the Pakistani nation. Mirza Muhammad Afridi said that minorities in Pakistan have full religious freedom. Unity, solidarity and mutual cooperation of the Muslim Ummah is the need of the hour for the solution of the problems. President Tayyip Erdogan has given a new face to Turkey with his actions, reforms and effective strategies.

On the occasion, Dr. Ali Ergbas, Head of Religious Affairs of Turkey said that the Islamic world is in dire need of unity. Pakistan and Turkey have always stood by each other in difficult times. He said that the spread of misinformation regarding religion was causing confusion among the Muslim Ummah. A common strategy is needed to tackle this evil of terrorism and other issues. Islamophobia can only be prevented by following the original teachings of Islam.

 

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