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Turkey bold stance on Kashmir has won millions of hearts in Pakistan: Ayaz Sadiq

18 November, 2016

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday said Turkey's bold stance on Kashmir has won millions of hearts as it helped in shaking the international conscience about inhuman situation imposed by India in IHK.

During his welcome address to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the speaker said since January 2016, more than 1000 innocent people have been wounded and blinded with pellet guns, more than 130 have lost their lives, and rest of the millions are languishing under un-ending brutalities and prolonged curfew.

He said India has violated ceasefire 230 times, killed 26 civilians on our side of the Line of Control and injured more than 108. Only few days ago, the unprovoked firing martyred seven brave Pakistani soldiers, he added.

He said he had briefly narrated these figures of misery and anguish to acknowledge your principled stand on Kashmir.

"We are optimistic that through unwavering support like yours, millions of Kashmiris will get their right to self-determination in near future," he said.

The speaker said, "As a matter of record, our people's relations are even older than the creation of our two modern states, which date back even much prior to the 'Khilaafat Movement' of early twentieth century, when our forefathers rose in support of their Turkish brethren."

"Both our societies have nurtured the values of tolerance and harmony, and followed the same path of peace, as taught by our great religion Islam and reflected in the poetry of Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal," he said.

"Today, Mr President! We, the Representatives of the people of Pakistan celebrate your presence amongst us for yet another historic reason: Your convincing and over-arching victory, in the recent past, particularly, for the cause of democracy and rule of law in Turkey by mobilizing the will of people has been rightly recognized world-wide as a ray of hope," he said.

He said, "Credit goes to your (Recep Tayyip) inspiring leadership that the heroic people of Turkey --- especially the brave speaker and the courageous Members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey --- rose in one voice to protect and preserve their constitution and democracy.

"While the people of Pakistan salute the courage and valour of the people of Turkey, Majlis-e-Shoora Parliament also joins me in paying our combined accolades to your exemplary devotion and dedication to your people and motherland. Great leaders, Mustafa Kamal Ata-turk and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah built the states of Turkey and Pakistan on principles of democracy, equality and rule of law."

"Our people have courageously faced the common challenge of terrorism and rendered innumerable sacrifices for regional and global peace," he said.

He said the brave armed forces of Turkey and Pakistan have inflicted fatal blow to global terrorist networks like Daesh and launched historic Operations like Zarb-e-Azb.

He said both nations have always strongly advocated the cause of marginalised and oppressed people world-wide --- be it the Palestinians, the Turk Cypriots or the people of Indian-held Kashmir.

He said, "We appreciate your vision for "Alliance of Civilizations Initiative" aimed at universal cooperation of religions, nations and cultures to address challenges of extremism. What is more, the manner in which Turkey has risen from the economic crisis of the late nineties to the present-day excellence under your democratic leadership, presents a unique role-model for all developing countries."

He said, "Pakistan-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Groups in our both Legislatures were the largest of all, reflects our mutual love for each other." He said parliament represents the will of the Pakistanis dedicated to the preservation of democracy achieved by the un-remitting struggle of the people against oppression and tyranny. "This House, therefore, eagerly awaits to benefit from the thoughts, ideas and experiences of a statesman of your caliber," he said.

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