PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Minister for Information and Transport, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that Turkey and Pakistan are two brethren Islamic countries having exemplary bilateral ties, which will get strengthened with each passing day.    

This he stated while holding meetings with the Deputy Mayer of Istanbul metropolitan municipality Ahmed Salamat and other heads of different institutions and departments during his official visit to Turkey.

He was also accompanied by the Commissioner Peshawar Division Tariq Jamil, Secretary Transport Sikander Qayyum and Director General PDA Qazi Liaq Ahmed.

The Minister also met the Director General Transport of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Hayri Baracli where he was briefed in detail about the Tram Train, Metro Service and Rapid Bus service.

The minister also traveled by train, bus and Metro Service to practically review the transport services and system of Istanbul.

Mian Iftikhar also visited the Solid Waste Collection Point and Sewerage Water Treatment Plant. He was told that 17MW electricity was being produced from the solid waste while sewerage water was being cleaned before its release to river to stop rivers water pollution. Similarly, the minister went to the Faith University, Samanyolu Media group TV Station and bus terminal where he was briefed by the respective heads.

They offered cooperation to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in their respective fields.    

Welcoming the offers, the Information Minister maintained that the rapid development of Turkey was a role model for all particularly the Muslim Ummah. He added it was the need of the hour to follow the Turkey-like developed and liberal countries for getting a respectable place in the comity of nations.

He furthered that he had found Turkey more developed, more liberal and more beautiful than he had thought of it. He continued that it was his utmost desire to have a developed Pakistan like Turkey on the global map.        

Mian Iftikhar, besides discussing other projects of different sector of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on this occasion, also discussed the proposed Mass Transit Plan with the authorities concerned in detail and express the desire of Turkey support in this respect.

The Turkish authorities assured all out support in this regard and accepted the invitation of the minister to visit Peshawar.