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Relations between Turkey and Pakistan go beyond geographical and material limits: Shahbaz.

LAHORE, April 01, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that relations between Turkey and Pakistan are based on centuries old common religion, culture and civilization and the people of both the countries are bound together in deep-rooted ties of selfless love, brotherhood and sincerity. He was addressing a forum of the heads of leading business organizations of Turkey and Pakistan at a local hotel, here on Thursday. Turk President Abdullah Gul especially participated in Pak-Turk CEO Forum. Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Members National and Provincial Assemblies, President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and prominent traders and businessmen of both the countries were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister while welcoming the distinguished guests led by Turk President Abdullah Gul said that the visit of the Turk President and his delegation ton Lahore is an extraordinary and memorable event. He said that relations between Turkey and Pakistan go beyond the geographical and material limits and their friendship has stood the test of time. He said that government and people of Turkey have always supported Pakistan in the hour of need and Turkey made the largest financial contribution for the relief of the victims of earthquake in Pakistan. He said that Turkey was among the first few countries which recognized Pakistan after its creation in 1947. He further said that the people of the two countries have a unanimous stance on a number of international issues. Referring to his recent visit to Turkey, the Chief Minister said that he saw various demonstrations of love and affection of the people of Turkey for their Pakistani brethren and the hospitality shown by the Turk government and people to the visiting delegation from Pakistan was memorable. He said that the rapid progress made by Turkey in economic sector is enviable and there is a need for Pakistan to take benefit from this potential through increasing trade relations with Turkey. He said that it is a matter of satisfaction that a large trade delegation is also accompanying the Turk President which will result in providing a strong economic base to bilateral relations. He said that Punjab government is setting up a special industrial zone for Turk investors in Faisalabad Industrial City and 225 acres of land has been allocated for this purpose which will be given to Turk investors free of cost. He said that though it is true that the recent incidents of terrorism have adversely affected industrial and economic activities, however, a favourable atmosphere for investment still exists in Punjab. He said that Pakistan is not the only country which is facing terrorism. He said that Turkey has also encountered this problem for a number of years but the Turk nation succeeded in dealing with this challenge with courage and determination. He said that Pakistan will also be able to overcome this menace in near future. The Chief Minister appreciated the fact that the Mayor of Istanbul will help in solid waste management in Lahore. He said that the arrival of Turk businessmen under the leadership of President Abdullah Gul to Lahore will help in strengthening of the existing friendly ties between Turkey and Pakistan especially Punjab. He also thanked the Turk delegation for giving opportunity the people of Lahore of playing host to them in the spring season. He said that the arrival of Turk delegation to Lahore has added colour and fragrance to the season and the memories of this visit will always remain fresh in the memories of the people of Lahore. Turk President Abdullah Gul while addressing the forum said that Pakistan and Turkey have deep-rooted relations and there is a need for cooperation between the two countries in infrastructure and energy sectors. He said that Pakistan and Turkey will have to make every effort for increasing their trade and the business community of the two countries will have to play an active role for this purpose. He said that the launching of cargo train service between the two countries will help in the promotion of mutual trade which can be increased manifold. Earlier, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board Pir Saad Ahsanuddin presented the address of welcome and identified investment opportunities in Punjab. An agreement was signed on this occasion regarding Punjab-Turk Economic Zone.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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