Common position crucial to tackle challenges and hostility against Islam: President of the Turkish Assembly
ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT), Dr Mustafa Sentop stressed for a common position to fight against the challenges as well as hostility against Islam and also for the establishment of a communication network solid to convey the rest of the world on threats to peace and humanity.
In an interview with the APP at the start of his visit to Pakistan for the Second General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO from May 31 to June 3 in Islamabad), he said he was necessary to ensure new and more effective approaches to combat the tendency to hostility against Islam.
A strong communication network must be put in place and a common position must be pronounced because the peace and security of all mankind are threatened. As for the Islamic world, he said that it should strengthen the unity in itself and develop mechanisms to use common reason. Muslim communities should become more active in combating hostility to Islam, he said, adding that the knowledge and contact of Muslims with other nations and communities will prevent the seeds of hostility sown in other companies to dissipate.
When asked about what to do to tackle Islamophobia, he said it was necessary to correctly name the problem we need to tackle. The name of hatred and discrimination against Muslims is not Islamophobia, with a more precise and clear expression, it is “hostility towards Islam”. He said hostility against Islam is a global threat that targets individuals, corporations and states. More effective approaches should be developed to counter it as well as unity among the Islamic world, he added.
Regarding relations between Pakistan and Turkey, Dr Mustafa Sentop said that relations between the two countries have been good throughout history. Nevertheless, we must work hard to improve the current situation and strengthen our economic, military and humanitarian relations, he added.
Dr Mustafa Sentop highlighted the cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in various fields and said that Pakistan holds a special place for Turkey and the Turkish people and we feel on every occasion when we meet our Pakistani friends that these feelings are reciprocal. He stated that the trade volume between our countries, which was US $ 262 million in 2003, exceeded US $ 1 billion in 2011, and amounted to US $ 803 million in 2019. He said the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan gave instructions for the preparation of a Turkey-Pakistan Strategic Economic Framework document, which will serve as a roadmap for the next 5 years to increase our trade volume.
He said that military relations are another strong dimension of our relations with Pakistan. Our cooperation in the defense industry also continues with growth in recent years. The fact that the two countries are on the one hand exposed to foreign threats and, on the other hand, fight terrorism, increases the need for cooperation in the military and technological fields.
Speaking about the issue of Kashmir and Palestine, he said the events in Kashmir and Palestine are alarming. In particular, the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution on August 5, 2019, which grants special status to Jammu-Kashmir, increases the current tension and closes the doors of a solution.
“We hope that the problem will be solved within the framework of the dialogue and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, taking into account the legitimate interests, wishes and needs of all the people of Jammu-Kashmir,” he added. . He urged the UN to implement its decisions and resolutions regarding the issues of Kashmir and Palestine.
The peace and stability of South Asia cannot be isolated from the Kashmir problem and the solution to this problem will be in the interest of all parties and the region, he added. He said the Turkish president clearly demonstrated Turkey’s position on Kashmir in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2020, as in every platform.
He said that Turkey will continue to defend justice, peace and solution through dialogue on the Kashmir issue. He thanked the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser and President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani for their hospitality in this beautiful country of Pakistan. He said that meetings on various topics will be held here with the participation of Speakers and Members of Parliaments from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, who are members of PAECO along with Pakistan and Turkey.
In addition to the meetings on “The impact of Covid-19 on the implementation of DGSs in the region”, “The role of parliaments in improving trade and connectivity” and “Promoting tourism for development and poverty reduction ”, he declared that our women parliamentarians will organize a meeting to strengthen the links between them. He hopes that all these official meetings and talks will yield favorable results both for our countries and for our region.
Regarding a possible future defense agreement between two countries, he said Turkey has achieved a difficult task in the world of raising the localization rate of the defense industry to 70%. Of course, we want to deepen this cooperation with friendly countries and push it further with common projects. He said Turkish AUAVs (drones) are seen as a way to change war strategy around the world and Turkey has been cited as a role model for developing countries in the defense industry.
He said Turkey had signed an agreement with Pakistan for the purchase of 52 Super Mushshak combat training aircraft in 2017. A contract was signed for the joint production of ATAK Helicopter and MILGEM class corvettes, a- he said and wanted to extend to all kinds of cooperation in this regard. .