Sumeyye’s wed­ding, sym­bol of Pak-Turkey ties

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

CON­DUCTED in a sim­ple man­ner, the wed­ding cer­e­mony of Sumeyye, the daugh­ter of Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, was in­deed a mem­o­rable event as it saw Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif com­ing on the stage and sign­ing as a wit­ness dur­ing the Nikkah cer­e­mony. Er­do­gan had es­pe­cially in­vited Nawaz Sharif and his fam­ily also at­tended by lead­ers of four other coun­tries. Invit­ing the prime min­is­ter in a fam­ily event truly re­flects the warmth and strong sen­ti­ments that the two lead­ers and the two coun­tries have for each other.

To say both the coun­tries en­joy cor­dial re­la­tions, would be an un­der­state­ment as affin­ity amongst the peo­ples of two coun­tries, nur­tured by decades old cul­tural, reli­gious and geo-po­lit­i­cal links is an un­par­al­leled phe­nom­e­non in the his­tory of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions between states. The peo­ples of both coun­tries have strong love and re­spect for each other that dates back to the de­vel­op­ments in the early 20th cen­tury. The two broth­erly coun­tries have al­ways stood by each other in test­ing times and es­pe­cially the peo­ple of Pak­istan can­not for­get the gen­er­ous sup­port pro­vided by Turkey dur­ing the earth­quake of 2005. Sim­i­larly, the two coun­tries have in re­cent years have made ma­jor strides to en­hance their trade, eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions. At a time when Pak­istan is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get F-16 fighter jets from the US, re­ports ap­peared that Turkey would ex­tend help to the PAF in modernising its F-16 fleet. Lead­er­ship of the two coun­tries also re­main in con­stant touch with each other on im­por­tant re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues be it the peace in Afghanistan and mat­ters re­lated to other Mus­lim coun­tries or the re­forms in the UNSC. This pri­vate visit of the PM has also come at a time when Turkey has re­called its Am­bas­sador from Bangladesh in protest against the hang­ings of Ja­mat-i-Is­lami lead­ers. The Turk­ish pres­i­dent in fact not only de­nounced th­ese hang­ings but also lashed at Europe for act­ing as silent spec­ta­tor on the is­sue. In this back­ground it is ex­pected that both Nawaz and Er­do­gan would have dis­cussed this is­sue as well and would come up with a joint strat­egy to get th­ese acts of ret­ri­bu­tion and vengeance against JI lead­ers stopped. We ex­pect that both coun­tries would con­tinue joint march to­wards ad­dress­ing is­sues of con­cerns to Mus­lim na­tions.

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