ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to participate in the 36th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) in Ankara.
During his call on Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on 18 October, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq paid rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives in defense of Turkish democracy on 15th July.
He recalled that the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan had passed unanimous resolutions, expressing complete support and solidarity with in the face of the coup attempt.
The Speaker underlined that the heroism of the Turkish people had set an example, which would inspire others across the world. He also expressed condolences over the loss of precious lives in recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, and reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to Turkey in the face of all challenges.
Sadiq also briefed the Turkish Prime Minister on the gross and systematic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people and underscored the need for bringing to an end these untold atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces.
He also underscored Pakistan’s commitment to peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
He thanked Yildirim for Turkey’s consistent support to the Kashmir cause lauded their strong support to send an OIC Fact Finding Mission to IOK to document the systematic and arbitrary violations of human rights.
Yildirim stated that Turkey highly valued Pakistan’s prompt and unequivocal support and solidarity against the 15th July coup attempt and reaffirmed Turkey’s support for Pakistan’s principled stance for a just solution of the Kashmir dispute.
The two sides also exchanged views on the deepening partnership with a strong emphasis on trade and economic cooperation and agreed for the earliest conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Speaker Ayaz Sadiq participated in the luncheon hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Speakers/Heads of Delegations attending the PUIC Executive Committee meeting.
The Speaker shared Pakistan’s perspective on related issues including Kashmir where among other things, developments in the Islamic world, situation in the Middle East, need for greater unity among Muslim countries, and fight against terrorism came under discussion.