We will take bilateral ties to higher level and learn from Turkish
innovations; We must also learn from Turkish healthcare system;
We will provide all facilities to foreign investors in Pakistan: PM;
Qureshi apprises Turkish FM of efforts for peace in Afghanistan
Pakistan and Turkey agree to organise a trilateral summit with Afg
to facilitate peace process in the war-torn country; Erdogan praises
decision of Pakistan‘s Apex Court to declare PTICEF a ‘proscribed
organisation’; Says Turkey will maintain its relations with Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that Pakistan was expecting cooperation from Turkey in various fields including economy.
Addressing a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, he said, “We will take [bilateral] relations to higher level and learn from Turkish innovations.” PM Imran, who is on a two-day visit to Turkey, said Pakistan must also learn from Turkey’s healthcare system.
“We face mutual problems and security threats,” said the Pakistani premier, adding that Ankara and Islamabad will play their part in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said an Afghanistan summit will soon be held in Istanbul.
Commenting on ties with India, PM Imran said Kashmir issue was the main hurdle in peace between the two South Asian nations.
Earlier in the day, PM Imran and President Erdogan agreed to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen economic ties between the two countries during a meeting in Ankara, according to a PM Office statement on Twitter.
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.
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, Malaysia wanted to adopt our model. These countries moved ahead while Pakistan’s growth declined because of our socialist mindset.”
Criticising Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s nationalisation policy; Imran said policy deterred wealth creation. “Profit-making was considered a sin. Businessmen, 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 Çavu?o?lu and discussed regional and bilateral issues. According to Foreign Office, Qureshi apprised Turkish foreign minister of Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
On Thursday night, Pakistan’s delegation attended a banquet with leading Turkish business group. The dinner was hosted The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
In his speech, PM Imran conveyed his government’s intent to enhancing trade between the two countries. He enphasised that Pakistan was on its way to strengthening its system of governance.
The prime minister also elaborated the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will connect Pakistan will parts of the world and ease transportation and open business prospects.
Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to organise a trilateral summit with Afghanistan to facilitate the peace process in the war-torn country.
The summit will help solve many problems facing the three countries, said Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an while addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.
“The people of Afghanistan have been suffering for more than three decades,” said Khan. “We need to make stronger efforts to help with the peace process.” The United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the UAE, and Qatar between November 8 and November 20.
Erdogan praised the decision of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to declare Pak-
Turk International Cag Education Foundation (PTICEF) as a ‘proscribed organisation’. The court decided to hand over the custody of Pak-Turk schools to the Turkiye Maarif Foundation (TMF). “This is a tremendous development. We want our cooperation to continue,” he said. This brotherhood is very supportive of each other’s problems. Turkey will maintain its relations with Pakistan, he remarked.
“We discussed all dimensions of our relations. We expressed our wishes to hold meetings in Islamabad,” he said. He congratulated Khan for his “outstanding success” in the July 25 general election. “Khan is also a sportsman who won many matches for his country. We wish the same success in politics too,” he said. “Khan has earned the title of a ‘captain’, I was also the captain of my school’s football team,” he remarked.
Agencies add: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government strives to provide a conducive atmosphere to foreign investors in Pakistan.
The prime minister said so while addressing Turkish industrialists and traders at a ceremony in Ankara. He stressed the need for promoting bilateral trade between Pakistan and Turkey.
“We will provide all facilities to foreign investors in Pakistan, we are making business easy for them,” Khan said. He said Pakistan was establishing industrial zones with the help of China, adding that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would boost trade activities in Pakistan.
The prime minister pointed to investment opportunities in oil, gas and mineral exploration in Pakistan.
“There have been immense opportunities in Pakistan with regard to tourism,” he said, noting that half of the world’s highest peaks are in Pakistan.