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Gen Bajwa: Pakistan stands with Turkey like brother

Gen Bajwa: Pakistan stands with Turkey like brother

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General (retd) Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey, called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), here on Friday. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security and measures to further enhance bilateral defence collaboration were discussed, the ISPR said.

The COAS said that Pakistan values its unique relationship with Turkey and would always stand by Turkish brothers. The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region and for standing by Turkey & pledged the same for Pakistan.

How important was the trip?

Pakistan’s media outlets have unequivocally conveyed the significance of the Turkish president’s fourth visit to the nuclear-armed South Asian country. From television bulletins to newspapers, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been the main focus since his plane took off from Ankara on Thursday. The favorable media coverage of Erdogan’s visit was in line with his resounding popularity among Pakistanis and Muslims in general.  His perception in Pakistan is such that several parties and politicians, while campaigning for the country’s last general elections in 2018, wooed voters with promises of implementing Erdogan-like policies. 

It will only be further bolstered after his address to parliamentarians on Friday, in which he paid tribute to the help extended by Pakistani people during the Turkish War of Independence and asserted that there is “no difference” between “Canakkale [Gallipoli] then and Kashmir today”.  

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