Pakistan, Turkey agree enhancing regular exchange religious scholars, students
ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Amin ul Hasnat on Wednesday agreed to enhance regular exchanges of religious scholars and Turkish students and promoting bilateral cooperation between religious ministry and Diyanet of Turkey.
In a message received here, the bilateral cooperation would benefit both sides in learning from each other’s experiences and best practices.
Turkish side also offered to explore more opportunities for increasing the number of Pakistani students to study in Turkey on scholarship.
Pir Amin congratulated Prof. Dr Ali Erbas on his appointment as the President of Turkish Diyanet. Referring to the deep-rooted and brotherly Pakistan-Turkey ties, the minister said these relations are anchored firmly in common faith and shared history.
He hoped that both countries would work together for the common causes of the Muslim Ummah.
The Minister also appreciated Turkey’s role as OIC Chair in raising voice for the plight of Muslims of Kashmir, Palestine and Mayanmar.
Dr Ali Erbas said the abiding ties of brotherhood between Turkey and Pakistan are deeply entrenched in history.
He emphasized that Turkey will not forget the support given by the people of Pakistan to the people of Turkey during the War of Independence. Diyanet President said that Pakistan has a special place in the hearts of all Turks.
He expressed his deep thanks for the invitation, and said it would be a privilege for him to attend the Conference and interact with Pakistani and international scholars during one of his first visits abroad after assuming office.
Ambassador of Pakistan Syrus Qazi attended the meeting, held at the Diyanet office in Ankara. Diyanet’s senior officials were also present in the meeting.
Minister Pir Muhammad Amin Ul Hasnat Shah also called on Dr. Ibrahim Altan, Director General of Turkish Red Crescent (Turk Kizilayi) and discussed projects to ameliorate human sufferings in the region.