Turkey keen on boosting bilateral trade

ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain said Turkey showed interest in increasing bilateral trade with Pakistan because Pakistani products were better than those of European countries.
Talking to media persons at the Presidency on Wednesday after attending a ceremony held in connection with the Quaid-e-Azam Day, he said Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed cordial relations which were getting stronger and better with every passing day.
He said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had told him that Pakistani products were cheaper and better than those of European countriess, so broader prospects of promotion of trade existed between both the countries.
President Mamnoon said, “Pakistan has also assured all kinds of assistance to the Turkish leadership because it will bring improvement in our trade."
On this occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain avoided to answer the questions regarding construction of a wall on the Line of Control (LoC) by India and cases against military leadership of Pakistan like Turkey.
Earlier, addressing the ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain said: “The path shown by the founder of Pakistan can earn us a distinguished place among the international community. We can make Pakistan a peaceful country by following the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”
He said: “Today our institutions are not only strengthened but are on the way of progress and prosperity. Our nation has rendered numerous sacrifices for the stability of democracy. Our economy has not only faced the pressure of wars but also has been hit by natural disasters.”
Mamnoon Hussain said international issues had directly or indirectly been affecting the country’s geographical position from time to time. “Today, we are facing the menace of terrorism and extremism,” he asserted.
He said the government had been working to combat the challenges, including security‚ law and order‚ energy and export of Pakistani goods to international markets.
He said, “Almightily Allah has gifted countless blessings to our country. The nation has faced all challenges bravely.”
The President urged the people to collectively move forward following the guidelines of the founder of the nation and said, “We are capable of countering all these challenges.”
Mamnoon Hussain said the Quaid’s vision was to establish a democratic and welfare state where people could lead their lives with peace‚ love‚ equality and harmony. He said, “It is encouraging that we have achieved a significant success in strengthening and stabilising democracy in the country. Today, we have a vibrant democratic setup which is busy delivering to the public.” President Mamnoon Hussain said they could make Pakistan a peaceful country by following the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
APP adds: President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday expressed the confidence that by following and promoting the Quaid’s vision and principles of Faith, Unity and Discipline, the country can counter various challenges, including terrorism and extremism.
The President paid rich tributes to the great visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam who united the discordant nation and secured for them a homeland where they could fashion their lives according to their customs and traditions. “His thought and vision is as relevant to us as it was some six decades ago. Indeed, the need for following his path and to adhere to the principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline was never as great as it is today,” he added.
The President said the commemoration of birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was an occasion to rejoice and to reaffirm the commitment to those ideals of democracy, egalitarianism, constitutionalism and rule of law that were upheld by the great leader throughout his life.
He said: “The day is also an occasion to reflect as to how far we as a nation have been successful in achieving those ideals that motivated our Father of the Nation to struggle for a separate homeland for the Muslims.”
The President said even after the passage of 66 years of Pakistan’s creation, the country was facing various socio-economic and other challenges, adding the people had to render great sacrifices to promote and strengthen democracy.
He noted with satisfaction that the present democratic government was engaged in sincere efforts to achieve socio-economic development, creation of job opportunities, ensure access of our products to international market and the betterment of energy, security and the law and order situation.
The President said it was a very encouraging fact that the children of the country had understanding and realisation of the life and ideals of the Founder of the Nation. “I am confident that if the thoughts and ideals of the Quaid are truly promoted and imbibed by our future leaders (youth), we will be able to turn the country in accordance with the true vision of the the Founder of the Nation,” he added.
The President also appreciated all those parents and teachers who were playing their due role in transferring the true vision and ideals of Quaid-e-Azam to the younger generation.
The President said, “Today, as we pay our tributes to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Let us reaffirm our commitment to the vision of our great leader and to re-dedicate ourselves to achieve those ideals that were espoused by our forefathers.”
“Let us pledge that we will work, individually as well as collectively, to make Pakistan a peaceful, progressive and prosperous state,” he added.
The event was marked by delivering speeches and presenting national songs by the students clad in traditional costumes, representing the culture of all the provinces.
Later, the President distributed gifts among the children who presented national songs and delivered speeches and paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation. The President also cut a cake to mark the birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid, federal secretaries and senior officials also attended the ceremony.

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