ISLAMABAD, Oct 30 (APP): Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad
Asif has said that Pakistan and Turkey are facing common
enemy of terrorism and vowed they will succeed in tackling the
menace, posing threat to regional and global peace.
Pakistan-Turkey relations are embedded in history
and the bond of our common heritage would remain eternal, he said.
“To me it is something which will survive for long.”
He was speaking as chief guest at the 92nd National Day reception
of Turkey here last night.
Khawaja Asif said the strong and overwhelming
relationship of the Pakistanis and Turkish people is rooted in
Giving a reference to the World War-II, he said, the then
Muslims soldiers of British Army had refused to fight against their
Turkish brethren and that is a historic evidence of our relationship.
On the occasion national anthems of both the countries were
played and the chief guest along with Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad
Rafique Rajwana, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai,
Turkish ambassador to Islamabad, Sadik Badur Girgin cut the cake to
celebrate the national day.
Earlier, Turkish Ambassador S. Babur Girgin in his remarks,
both in Urdu and Turkish said, the people of Turkey shared the
pains of Pakistanis as a result of the recent earthquake which led
to loss of human lives and damages to properties.
He said both the countries shared the immutable bonds of common
faith, shared history, cultural affinity and brotherhood. He
expressed profound satisfaction over the continued development and
expansion of bilateral relations in politics, economy, security
and culture.
The ambassador, on the occasion read out message of Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said the Turkish people
would surmount the challenges as they have done before.
The recaption was also attended by parliamentarians,
diplomates, media persons and large number of quests.