Senate of Pakistan

Pakistan parliamentary delegation meets with Turkish President

Pakistan parliamentary delegation meets with Turkish President
November 13, 2013

ANKARA, Nov 13 (APP): Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday received a high level parliamentary delegation from Pakistan, led by Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The Turkish President appreciated the smooth transfer of power from one elected government to another elected government as a result of recent elections in Pakistan.

He said this was an indication that democracy had strengthened and Pakistan was moving in the right direction.

President Gul said both Pakistan and Turkey have similar problems and hoped that like Turkey, Pakistan will also overcome challenges it is facing today.

Abdullah Gul said recent initiatives undertaken by the leadership of Turkey and Pakistan in the economic field are yielding positive results.

Senator Mushahid Hussain conveyed the best wishes of the Parliament and the people of Pakistan.

He said Turkey and Pakistan are joined together with deep and abiding bonds of friendship and brotherhood which have withstood the test of times.

The Senator said coming to Turkey is like coming home, for him and for all the delegation. He appreciated the positive role of Turkey in the region, particularly Turkish contribution for hosting Afghanistan-Pakistan-Turkey trilateral summit meetings.

He said Turkey has made remarkable progress in the last decade and commended the public welfare oriented policies of the Turkish government.

Pakistan Institute for Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), a Pakistani think-tank, organized the visit with a purpose to understand the evolution and consolidation of democracy in Turkey.

The delegation’s engagements include meetings with Turkish leadership, Speaker and various Parliamentary committees of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, political parties and interaction with leading Turkish think-tanks.

The visiting delegation includes MNA Syed Naveed Qamar, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo (Senior Vice President of National Party), MNAs Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz Malik Faisal Karim Kundi, former Ambassador to Turkey, Lt. General ® Humayun Bangash, former Ambassador, Shahid Malik, former Governor Sindh, Lt. Gen. ® Moinuddin Haider, former Secretary Interior, Tasneem Noorani, senior journalist/analyst, Ghazi Salahuddin, senior journalist, Mr Cyril Almeida and President PILDAT, Ahmed Bilal Mehboob.


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