Sumeyye’s wedding, symbol of Pak-Turkey ties
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.