Liberation. He said in the foundations of today's Turkey, there were efforts and endeavours of many Pakistani heroes such as Abdurrahman Peshawari who came to help the Ottoman Empire during the Balkan War and then took part first in the War of Dardanelles and later in the War of Liberation and made great contributions to Turkey even after the proclamation of the Republic. "And Abdurrahman Peshawari is such a brother for us that when his mother sent him a message to return home, responded "I cannot return while Anatolia is under occupation," Erdogan said.
He viewed that there was no difference between Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Mehmet Akif; both were the philosophers of the liberation and future of both the countries. We also never forgot and will not forget that our Pakistani brothers were the ones who offered the greatest support and assistance during the earthquake of 1999. He hoped that both Pakistan and Turkey would spread this spirit of solidarity and fraternity to the whole world together.
He said Turkey also showed its solidarity with all of brothers and sisters through Turkish humanitarian and development assistance projects, with political and military support when necessary. "We will continue our struggle until we succeed in preventing unjustly spilling of blood of any Muslim in the world," he resolved. He also offered Pakistan to remove together the obstacles before the Islamic World. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said mutual high level contacts greatly contributed to the development of bilateral relations in every field.
The inter-parliamentarian contacts play a critical role in strengthening the relations between the politicians and nations of the two countries, he said and hoped that the close dialogue established between the parliamentarians of the two countries would continue. Calling for strengthening cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, Erdogan said the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council established between Turkey and Pakistan in 2009 had brought an institutional framework for the bilateral relations.
Both the countries had come a long way in a short period of time by signing 51 agreements and documents within the Council so far what he said was insufficient. He said Turkey supported its Pakistani brothers through development-oriented cooperation projects. He mentioned Turkish assistance after flood disaster in 2010, "Turkey Scholarships" for students and added that following the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed next month between the Council of Higher education of Turkey and the Council of Higher Education of Pakistan will provide the opportunity for 500 Pakistani students for PhD in Turkey, each year.
He said Turkey attached importance to the development of cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan within the framework of their good neighborhood relations. "This cooperation is indispensable not only for peace and security of the region, but also for the economic potential of this geography and carrying out important infrastructure projects," he observed. He said Turkey followed Kashmir issue carefully and latest developments in Kashmir once again demonstrated the importance and the urgency of the solution of that problem.
Expressing his deep concerns about the increase of the tension, he urged the international community to exert further efforts in to solve this issue which has political and humanitarian dimensions, according to justice and law. He wished that Pakistan and India resolve the issue through dialogue taking into consideration the demands of the Kashmiri people and offered Turkey's all out efforts in that regard. Later, after prorogation of the session, the Turkish president mixed up with the members of the parliament and exchanged matters of mutual interests.