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NA Speaker meets Turkish President Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser held an informal meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a reception hosted in honour of the participants of the 3rd Speakers Conference in Istanbul.

The National Assembly Speaker complimented Turkish president his stance on Kashmir in UN General Assembly which he said reinforced the voice of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

He said unilateral undemocratic steps by India have deprived the people of Kashmir of their legitimate right of identity, freedom of speech and movement besides other basic amenities of life.

The speaker underlined the need for enhancing connectivity between regional countries to counter security threats being faced by the region. He said terrorism was a common threat to nations which was adversely affecting the development and prosperity in the region.

The speaker also appreciated the initiative of establishment of joint television to counter Islamophobia and portray the true image of the religion of peace. He said Islam is a religion of peace and tranquility and abhors terrorism in all kinds and manifestation.

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Speaker Asad Qaiser termed relations between Pakistan and Turkey exceptional which were intertwined in religious, cultural and historic bonds.

The Turkish President said that Muslim Ummah was currently going through turbulence and Islam was being propagated and linked with terrorism. He urged the need for unity to collectively handle the problem.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had effectively raised the voice of Muslim community and people of Kashmir at United Nations. He said that all religions discourage terrorism and it should not be linked with any religion.

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He reiterated his country’s unwavering support to the Kashmir issues till its resolution as per UN resolutions and aspiration of people of Kashmir. Speaker of Turkish Grant National Assembly Mustafa Sentop was also present.

Asad Qaiser will address the inaugural session of the conference and raise the voice against Indian brutalities against people of Kashmir and ways to strengthen regional connectivity to counter terrorism.

The speakers of National Peoples’ Congress of China, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Speaker Jolesi Jirga of Afghanistan, State Duma of Russia and Majlis-e-Shoora Islami of Iran are participating in the Conference.

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