ISLAMABAD - PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has urged the international community to respect Pakistani parliament’s recommendations to bolster cooperation and take the war against terror to its logical end.
The former prime minister remarked this Tuesday while talking to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan during a courtesy call on the visiting dignitary. Sources said Nawaz requested Erdogan to play a personal role to ensure that Nato forces respect Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty and that no Salala attack-like incident is repeated.
A party press statement said that during the course of their warm and cordial exchanges the two leaders recalled their earlier meetings, in Pakistan and in Turkey, which had enabled them to develop deep ties of friendship and mutual affection.
Nawaz recalled his visit to Turkey in October 2011 at PM Erdogan’s invitation. The visit had enabled him to gain an invaluable understanding of the remarkable transformation that had taken place in Turkey, under the wise and sagacious leadership of Mr Erdogan, the statement said. The PML-N chief complimented the Turkish prime minister on introducing far-reaching reforms that had strengthened the country’s economy and democratic institutions.
Nawaz Sharif also thanked Erdogan for Turkey’s strong and generous support and assistance to Pakistan over the years; in particular, after the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods that had devastated large areas of Pakistan. He added that Turkey’s swift and generous assistance had left a deep imprint on the people of Pakistan and fortified the indissoluble bonds of friendship between them.
The Turkish prime minister thanked Nawaz Sharif for his strong and abiding friendship for his country, which he greatly valued. He reaffirmed Turkey’s unflinching support to Pakistan. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Leader of Opposition in Senate Ishaq Dar accompanied Nawaz on the occasion.