STRENGTHENING MEDIA COOPERATION BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND TURKEY IMPERATIVE TO PORTRAY TRUE IMAGE OF ISLAM; FIRDOUS AWAN

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Strengthening Media cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey is imperative to portray the true image of Islam at global level. Special assistant to the Prime Minister on Information & Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said this in a meeting with H.E Mr. Mustafa Yurdakul who called on her here, today in Islamabad. She said that it is crucial to remove misconceptions about our great religion, in line with the discussion held between three leaders of the Muslim world, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mahatir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia & Prime Minister Imran Khan.

She said that Pakistan appreciates the support extended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly and his call to the international community to pay attention to the conflict which awaits solution for 72 years. Pakistan would also like to thank Turkey for its consistent and principled support for just resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan added.

SAPM said that Pak-Turkey relations are premised on brotherhood and deep religious and cultural bonds. Pakistan considers Turkey as a friend with whom her relations have prospered over the years and moved from strength to strength. She emphasized the need to boost cultural exchanges between the two countries, paving the way for fostering people to people contacts, besides enhancing understanding about each other’s values and culture.

SAPM also underlined the need for exchange of journalists and media persons so that both sides could learn from each other’s experiences and best practices.

Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that Pakistan offers ideal opportunities for Turkish investment, particularly in tourism sector. Pakistan is a beautiful country and we would like Turkish visitors to come and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty, especially of GB, she added. There are a number of sectors in Pakistan in which Turkish companies can invest, particularly thermal, coal and wind energy, agriculture, health and textiles, she said.

The Turkish ambassador offered his condolences over the loss of precious lives due to earthquake in, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Ambassador informed SAPM that, after the earthquake, he immediately contacted NDMA and offered assistance for the relief of victims.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan thanked the Ambassador over Turkey’s offer of assistance to the victims.

The Turkish envoy said that TRT is a 24/7 TV channel, which is pivotal to supporting the idea that came under discussion in the trilateral meeting among President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mahatir Mohamad & Prime Minister Imran Khan. He also informed the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister that a delegation comprising officials and private persons from tourism sector of Turkey will be visiting Pakistan soon and expressed the confidence that their visit would enhance the level of collaboration and cooperation in the field of tourism between the two countries.

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