Defence Production Committee of Pakistan Parliament visits Turkey to promote defence ties
ANKARA: 3 May 2017: A delegation of the Standing Committee on Defence Production of the National Assembly of Pakistan, currently visiting Turkey, has held wide-ranging meetings with Turkey’s Parliamentary leadership.
Led by the Chairman of Standing Committee on Defence Production, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, the delegation includes Members National Assembly Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Amra Khan, Mir Shabbir Ali Bijarani, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudhry, and Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi.
After its arrival in Ankara, the delegation called on Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Mr. Ismail Kahraman. Extending a warm welcome, Speaker Ismail Kahraman said that the brotherhood between Pakistan and Turkey was exemplary.
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defense Production Sohail Mansoor lauded the heroic role played by the Turkish leadership, parliament and people in thwarting the 15thJuly coup attempt. He expressed the confidence that the outcome of 16 April referendum would bring further stability and prosperity in Turkey under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The Pakistan delegation had an interactive session with Mr. Yusuf Beyazıt, Chairman of the National Defense Commission of TGNA and members of the Commission. Recalling the support provided by the Muslims of South Asia during the Turkish War of Independence, Mr. Beyazit said that the common desire of parliamentarians of the two brotherly countries was to carry forward this glorious tradition to the future generations.
Alluding to the growing challenges of geo-political situation, Sohail Mansoor stressed the need for strong collaboration in various sectors of defence — including joint production and technology transfer. He invited Chairman of National Defence Commission of TGNA along with other members and heads of defence industry organizations of Turkey to visit Pakistan.
Ambassador of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood, who also attended the meetings, highlighted that defence industry collaboration was one of the key features of the overall relationship, which was flourishing in myriad dimensions. He also highlighted the defence industry projects completed and underway and thanked committee members on both sides for their respective support and contributions.