President Tayyip Erdogan welcomes SC verdict about Turkish foundation

04 Jan, 2019 6:58 pm

ANKARA (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a one-on-one meeting at Presidential Place on Friday.

Both leaders discussed the ways to enhance relations between both countries.

They also discussed the Kashmir dispute, Afghan reconciliation process and peace in the region. The prime minister also visited the shrine of Atta Turk.

Addressing the joint press conference, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Imran Khan did a long struggle for a change in Pakistan. “We welcome Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation in Turkey,” he said.

He expressed the resolve to support Pakistan forever. “The tripartite meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran will be held in March,” he declared.

He welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict of declaring Fethullah Gülen’s organization a terrorist organization.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that they want to boost relations between both countries. “We want cooperation from Turkey in all sectors, including the economy,” he said.

The prime minister said that Pakistan wants to benefit from the experience of Turkey in the housing sector.

He expressed his wish to improve relations with Turkey and peace in Afghanistan.

The premier had arrived in the Turkish capital on a two-day visit on Thursday. His delegation includes Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar and Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar.

Earlier addressing Turkey’s business community, PM Imran reminisced Pakistan as fasting growing economies back in the 1960s. “We were role models for developing countries. South Korea and Malaysia wanted to adopt our model. These countries moved ahead while Pakistan’s growth declined because of our socialist mindset.”

Criticizing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s nationalization policy; Imran said policy deterred wealth creation. “Profit-making was considered a sin. Businessmen and industrialists were hounded out of the country.”

The policy, Imran said, was discarded in the 1980s but its influence on bureaucracy and politicians remained. “Our government feels wealth creation will help steer Pakistan out of the economic crisis. It will raise people out of poverty.”

Hailing China as an example, he said the country had achieved what no other could in the history of mankind. “They lifted over 700 million people out of poverty line in 30 years.”

PM Imran revealed that the government had set up an office in the prime minister’s secretariat aiming to boost investment. He underscored the importance of ridding society of corruption. “Corruption makes it difficult for small and medium enterprises to flourish. It becomes the reason behind countries failure to reach their potential.”

The prime minister said his government realised hurdles faced by the Turkish businessmen in Pakistan and was focused to find solutions. “We assure you, you will find a completely different government,” he added.

We are looking for investments in Pakistan and increasing the country’s exports and we want to provide employment to the young population, he said.

Separately, FM Qureshi held a meeting with his Turkish Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and discussed regional and bilateral issues. According to Foreign Office, Qureshi appraised Turkish foreign minister of Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

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