Live: Turkish President Erdogan addressed Pakistan parliament
ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s on a two-day official journey to Pakistan, has reached the Parliament House the place he’ll tackle the joint session.
Upon arrival, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser welcomed the visiting dignitary.
Prime Minister Imran Khan accompanied the the Turkish president.
Speaker Asad Qaiser welcomed the Turkish president and mentioned, “he is a true friend of Pakistan and an important leader of the Islamic world.”
In his tackle, Erdogan thanked the Pakistani folks and management over the nice and cozy welcome he was accorded upon arrival.
“It is my pleasure to speak to you. I am thankful to you for giving me the opportunity to address this august house.”
“While in Pakistan, I think as if I am at my home,” he mentioned.
The Turkish president is at the moment on a two-day go to to Islamabad. The go to is taken into account extraordinarily significance within the gentle of PM Imran’s determination to skip the Kuala Lumpur Summit, which was collectively deliberate by Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia.
Earlier on Thursday, Erdogan was accorded a heat red-carpet welcome as he arrived on an official go to. PM Imran obtained the Turkish chief on the Nur Khan Airbase.
Erdogan final addressed a joint session when he visited the nation in late 2016.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which was in opposition on the time, had boycotted the session of the parliament Erdogan addressed. In an announcement, the occasion had mentioned that it didn’t think about Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister on the time, as a legit ruler.
However, this time all of the opposition events will attend the particular session convened for the Turkish president.
Former speaker of the National Assembly and senior chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, on Thursday mentioned that opposition events within the parliament would attend a joint sitting of the home scheduled for Friday morning.
According to the report revealed in The News, Sadiq mentioned that the Turkish president was a visitor of all of Pakistan and never solely the PTI. “Therefore, we will be present in the parliament session to hear his address on Friday,” he mentioned, alluding to the PTI boycott of 2016.
He mentioned the opposition would by no means repeat a foul precedent set by the PTI. “Pakistan has excellent relations with the Turkish president, which tremendously improved during the tenure of the PML-N government as Ankara strengthened economic relations as well.”
Sadiq admitted that the relations between the federal government and the opposition had improved for the reason that occasions of 2016. “But whereas opposing the federal government, we have now not misplaced senses and are in no temper to cross all limits. Our participation within the joint sitting will give a wonderful message to President Erdogan,” he famous.
He added that the Turkish president stood out among the many world leaders in supporting Pakistan when India annexed occupied Kashmir in August final yr. “Not only that, he has been backing the Kashmir cause all along, which Pakistanis value a lot,” he mentioned.
Ayaz Sadiq mentioned that the opposition events undoubtedly thought-about Imran Khan as a particular prime minister who had clinched this workplace because of faux basic elections, however they might nonetheless be in attendance within the joint sitting to indicate respect to President Erdogan.
“We have many alternatives and boards to settle political scores, however not when a international pal is chatting with the parliament,” he remarked, referencing an announcement made by PM Imran again in 2016 wherein the premier had mentioned he had no private variations with Erdogan.
Friday prayers at Faisal Mosque
In addition to addressing a joint session of the parliament, the Turkish president is anticipated to go to the long-lasting Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on Friday afternoon for the Jumma prayers.
PM Imran and Turkish President Erdogan can even tackle a Pak-Turk enterprise and funding discussion board in Islamabad, earlier than holding a joint convention within the federal capital.
During his two-day go to to the nation, Erdogan will meet the highest management in Pakistan, in addition to parliamentarians and enterprise leaders to debate methods to reinforce the bilateral relationship between the 2 international locations.