Erdogan meets Pakistan parliamentary delegation, says he will visit Pakistan soon to thank for support in coup aftermath, Mushahid said ’all political parties united in support of democracy, rule of law and Constitutional governance in Turkey’

ANKARA, August 18: Turkish President Recep  Tayyip Erdogan received the All Parties Parliamentary Delegation, led by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, at the Presidential Palace today. The meeting lasted for 90 minutes.

During the meeting, which was held in a cordial and very relaxed atmosphere, President Erdogan thanked both the houses of Parliament of Pakistan for unanimously passing resolutions in support of democracy in Turkey, and he also greatly appreciated prompt phone calls from President Mamnoon Hussain and ’my brother’ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He also condemned the terrorist incident in Quetta and condoled with the families, adding that ’Turkey supports Pakistan in the struggle against terrorism.’ He also announced to the visiting Pakistan parliamentarians that he would soon pay a visit to Pakistan to thank the Pakistan people for standing by Turkey in this hour of need.

Terming the visit of the Pakistan parliamentary delegation as ’very significant’ Erdogan said ’your support to Turkey in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt is exemplary’.

Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the parliamentary delegation includes 8 political parties from across the political spectrum from both the government and opposition from all the provinces of Pakistan, who express full solidarity and support to Turkey’s defence of democracy. Mushahid praised President Erdogan for showing bold leadership during the crisis of the coup and taking the initiative of mobilising the people to resist the coup attempt.

Senator Mushahid Hussain termed the relationship between Pakistan and Turkey as a ’special, extraordinary bond between two countries who are part of the same Ummah’. He also presented a plaque to  President Erdogan with the text of the two resolutions of the Parliament of Pakistan.

Senator Talha Mahmood presented a fatwa of 51 prominent Ulema of all schools of thought supporting Turkish democracy and the constitutional government of President Erdogan.

The meeting was attended by Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi (PML-N), Senator Sehar Kamran (PPP), Munaza Hassan, MNA (PTI), Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood (JUI-F), Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi (National Party), Sahibzada Tariqullah (Jamaat Islami) and Senator Sitara Ayaz (ANP).