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Pakistani nation deeply touched by Turkish quake support: Musharraf
RAWALPINDI: President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said that Pakistan and Turkey were tied in lasting bonds of brotherhood and the outpouring of support by the Turkish nation in the wake of last October’s earthquake manifested the unique nature of this relationship.
He said Pakistan and Turkey were resolved to utilise their wide-ranging relationship for achieving a bright and prosperous future for their people.
The president was speaking to a seven-member delegation of a Turkish non-governmental organization (NGO), Kimse Yok Mu, that called on him and expressed continued cooperation in rebuilding of quake zones of the NWFP and Azad Kashmir.
The NGO has arranged $4 million for the survivors of Pakistan’s worst natural disaster. In unison with the Solidarity and the Pakistan-Turkey International Cag Education Foundation, the NGO has offered to take part in rebuilding of the AJK University in Muzaffarabad and establishment of a 100-bed hospital.
The two organisations have already set up six educational institutions in Muzaffarabad, two in Mansehra and one each in Balakot and Hasari.
“The Pakistani nation has been deeply touched by the spontaneous expression of support and sympathy by the Turkish people, the government and civil society organisations … this is something for which both nations are proud,” Musharraf told the delegation, led by Mehmet Zeki Ozkara.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was the first foreign leader to visit the quake-shattered mountainous region.
Musharraf recalled the challenging task of rescue and relief in the immediate aftermath of the calamity and remarked that the prompt response by all segments of the Turkish nation not only underlines the indelible closeness of our relations but it also reaffirms our shared resolve to work together for the betterment of our people. “We have been overwhelmed by the Turkish response, which has been etched in the heart of each and every countryman,” he said, expressing Pakistan’s profuse gratitude to the brotherly country.
The Turkish organisation has already made substantial contribution to relief efforts, having provided 150 tents for quake survivors encamped in Islamabad and 600 tents for the quake-affected in Muzaffarabad.
The chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, Altaf Saleem, was also present during the meeting.
Later, President Musharraf interacted with the Turkish media representatives and expressed a firm resolve to take forward Pakistan-Turkey relations to new levels through expansion in commerce and economic relations.