LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that deep friendly and brotherly relations exist between Pakistan and Turkey and the Turkish government and its people have always stood by their Pakistani brethren in their hour of need.
He was addressing a ceremony arranged by the Pakistan-Turkey Cultural Forum in connection with the 89th Independence Day of Turkey on Monday.
Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Babar Hazlan, ministers, MNAs, MPAs, Pakistani ambassador to Turkey, honorary consul general of Turkey in Lahore, representatives of Turkish companies and other officials attended the function.
The chief minister said thousands of Turkish engineers, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff had stood by the flood-affected Pakistanis during the worst flood of 2010 to help them rebuild from ruins. He said that Turkish businessmen had a shining example of brotherhood by celebrating Eid with flood-hit people in Pakistan.
Felicitating Turkish government and people on the 89th Independence Day, Shahbaz said that it was an honour for him to participate in such an impressive function and a matter of pleasure for him to participate in this function.
The chief minister said that Turkey was such a brotherly Islamic country of Pakistan which had always helped Pakistan in its hour of need. He said that like Turkish brethren who did not hesitate to mention the cooperation extended by Muslims of subcontinent during the independence movement of Turkey, Pakistani people could never forget the cooperation of Turkish people.
Shahbaz said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyup Ordgan announced $1 million during 2010 flood whereas his wife collected funds for flood affectees. He said that Turkish businessmen, doctors, engineers and other persons instead of spending their time in hotels, spent their days in tents of flood affectees and took active part in the process of their rehabilitation.
He said Turkish companies were investing in various sectors in Punjab due to which relations between Pakistan and Turkey were being cemented. He said a modern system of cleanliness had been introduced and provincial metropolis with the collaboration of a Turk company and that was why that this time we did not see offal of sacrificial animals anywhere during Eidul Azha.
courtesy: The Nation