Turkish President hails role of Pakistan in war against terrorism
ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday appreciated the role of Pakistan against the menace of terrorism and urged the entire Muslim Ummah to forge unity in combating this challenge.
During his 27-minute address to joint session of Parliament, he said Pakistan was still struggling against the menace of terrorism and hailed Pakistan Army for battling militancy. Various Muslim countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria are affected by terrorism, he said adding that Daesh and Al-Qaeda are inflicting damage only on Muslim countries.
“Muslims cannot be destroyed by these tactics, hence the terrorists must be thrown out of the respective countries,” he maintained. He said that Islam and terrorism cannot be linked together and Turkey would also continue its fight against terrorism.
Earlier, the Joint Session started with the national anthems of both the countries and Tayyib Erdogan became the first foreign dignitary to address Parliament thrice. Erdogan earlier addressed the Joint Sessions on May 20, 2012 and October 2009 in the capacity of the Prime Minister of Turkey.
National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq delivered a Note of Thanks on the two-day official visit of Turkish President to Pakistan.
Mr. Erdogan said that he feels grateful of addressing the parliament for yet another time. The friendship of Pakistan and Turkey is deepening with the passage of time, he said and thanked for support to Turkey in time of crisis especially during the failed coup attempt. “Relations between Pakistan and Turkey are far greater than just diplomatic relations”, he maintained.
Turkish President recalled that Pakistan declared a day of mourning after the mining disaster in Soma in 2014 in his country and Turkey declared on day official mourning after terrorist attack on Peshawar school.
He hoped that relationship with Pakistan in different fields including defense, culture, education and health would be further strengthened. Pakistan and Turkey have set the target of enhancing the bilateral trade to one billion dollars, he said adding that both the countries have signed over fifty one MoUs and agreements over the last few years.
Erdogan slammed Fethullah Gulen and said that he was trying to impose his rule over the world. He expressed his concerns about the increase of tension between Pakistan and India by saying that events in Kashmir continues to hurt our conscience. He urged the international community to play its role for resolving the Kashmir dispute.
The Joint Session of Parliament lasted 45 minutes which was attended by Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Deputy Chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah. The Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq, the Opposition Leader Aitzaz Ahsan and the parliamentary leaders of all parties in National Assembly were also present during the entire sitting.