By Ali Imran
ISLAMABAD: MUSLIM Institute organized a webinar â€œPakistan-Turkey Relations: Opportunities to Enhance Cooperationâ€ . Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Vice Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique (Retd), Chairman MUSLIM Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, Dr. Shabana Fayyaz, Prof. Dr. Zameer Awan, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uysal from Turkey and Ambassador (R) Arif Kamal addressed the august audience.
Speakers observed that Pakistan and Turkey share natural friendship as well as common socio-cultural traditions. Both countries have deep ties in Muslims perspective which go back to hundreds of years. Turkey always remember the support extended during WWI by the Muslims of the Subcontinent nowadays Pakistan.
Khilafat movement is another glaring example history has ever presented of the strong bond between people of both countries. Both countries are facing challenges of 21st Century. Turkey has always regarded historical support from Pakistan on Cyprus issue in high esteem. On East Mediterranean and Kashmir, Pakistan and Turkey have principle stance for just resolution of the issues. Recently on Azerbaijan issue, both the countries have supported Azerbaijanâ€™s principle stance and opposed Armenian aggression.
Similarly on Palestine issue, both the countries oppose and condemn Israeli aggression and illegal occupation. In the realist world, such strong relation of brotherhood is example of its own kind. Both countries have same interest in Afghanistan and are on same page regarding sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
Speakers highlighted that we have strong bond based on Sufism. We should work to protect our youth from radical ideas. In IT and education sector, there are huge opportunities that Pakistan can learn from Turkish experience. Pakistan can learn a lot from Turkeyâ€™s advanced education and health system. Pakistan, a big market of 200 million people and rich in natural resources, offers enormous opportunities to Turkey in trade and commerce.