ANKARA, 15 November 2013: A 16-member parliamentary/opinion leader’s delegation from Pakistan led by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Defence & Defence Production, currently on Turkey visit, met with the Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Mr. Cemil Çiçek (pronounced as Jamil Chichek) and Chairmen of various committees of the Turkish Parliament in
The Speaker said
Turkey and Pakistan enjoy exemplary relations
which go beyond the governments and are rooted in our common history, culture
and ethos of our people. He said our special relations should be sustained
through more parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts. Mr. Cemil
Çiçek mentioned that Turkey-Pakistan Friendship Group is one of the largest
groups in TGNA.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed termed
Pakistan and Turkey as
vibrant democracies. He said that the frequent
exchanges of parliamentary delegations between Pakistan
would provide an opportunity to learn from each other and work together for
strengthening of democracies and democratic institutions. He specifically noted
the contributions of Mr. Burhan Kayaturk, Chairman of the Turkey-Pakistan
Friendship Group in TGNA who was also decorated with Sitara-e-Imtiaz in
recognition of his meritorious services.
The Pakistani delegation also met with the Chairman of Plan & Budgetary Committee, and Deputy Chairman of National Defence Committee in the Turkish Parliament.
Pakistan Institute for Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), a Pakistani think-tank, organized the visit with a purpose to understand the evolution and consolidation of democracy in
The visiting delegation includes Syed Naveed Qamar (former federal minister for defence and currently member National Assembly), Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo (Senior Vice President of National Party), Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani (member National Assembly), Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari (former Minister and member National Assembly) Mrs. Shaista Pervaiz Malik (member National Assembly), Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi (former Deputy Speaker National Assembly), Lt. General (retired) Humayun Bangash (former Ambassador), Mr. Shahid Malik (former Ambassador), Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Moinuddin Haider (former Governor Sindh and former Minister for Interior), Mr. Tasneem Noorani (former Secretary Interior), Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin (senior journalist/analyst), Mr. Cyril Almeida (senior journalist) and Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob (President PILDAT).
More photos of the visit on http://goo.gl/IRVClK